I'm trying to use Neovim with Python, and I can't get autocomplete to work. I have created a minimal example of what I'm trying to do:

For this example, I'll run everything in a fresh Alpine container for environment isolation:

docker run -w /root -it --rm alpine:latest sh
apk add git nodejs neovim ripgrep build-base curl python3 --update

Create an example project with numpy in it.

python -m venv /root/myvenv
. /root/myvenv/bin/activate
pip install numpy

Use NvChad and enable python-lsp-server and the python treesitter plugin:

git clone https://github.com/NvChad/starter ~/.config/nvim
cat <<EOF > ~/.config/nvim/lua/plugins/init.lua
return {
    -- event = 'BufWritePre', -- uncomment for format on save
    config = function()
      require "configs.conform"

  -- These are some examples, uncomment them if you want to see them work!
    config = function()
      require "configs.lspconfig"

    opts = {
      ensure_installed = {
        "lua-language-server", "stylua",
        "html-lsp", "css-lsp" , "prettier",

    opts = {
      ensure_installed = {
        "vim", "lua", "vimdoc",
            "html", "css",

Open a new file:

nvim example.py

On the first start, nvim will load the required plugins. (I verified that they do load.) Once nvim is ready, type this in the file:

import numpy


This should autocomplete the matrix_power() function, but it doesn't suggest or complete this. Why not?


Autocompletion happens automatically, but this is what it shows: (No numpy methods at all.)

Broken autocompletion

  • Are you pressing any completion keys? It looks like you are asking why typing the name of a function doesn't automatically complete the function; see :help ins-completion. Usually one presses C-x and another key to trigger completion. (Thanks for the minimal example, btw.)
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented May 28 at 17:01
  • With the variety of vim configurations, that's something to consider, but with NvChad, autocompletion happens automatically. I updated my question to include a screenshot of what I see.
    – Travis
    Commented May 28 at 18:21

1 Answer 1


I figured it out.

From the list of LSP servers, I found I needed to install python-lsp-server like so:

apk add py3-lsp-server

Then I needed to edit ~/.config/nvim/lua/configs/lspconfig.lua to add pylsp to servers like so:

local servers = { "html", "cssls", "pylsp" }

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