NeoVintageous 1.4.0 has been released and includes mapping commands, and a help system with full Vim documentation.

Vim Documentation Out-of-the-Box

You can now lookup help with the :help {subject} command (see :help nv for NeoVintageous help). Documentation for all of the out-of-the-box plugins is available too:

  • :help abolish
  • :help commentary
  • :help surround
  • :help unimpaired

To jump to a subject, position the cursor on a tag (e.g. |bars|, 'option') and hit CTRL-]. Jump backwards and forwards by pressing CTRL-O and CTRL-I.

It’s possible to go directly to whatever you want, by giving a subject to the :help command. A prefix can specify the context:

Normal mode command   :help x
Visual mode command v_ :help v_u
Insert mode command i_ :help i_<Esc>
Command-line command : :help :quit
Command-line editing c_ :help c_<Del>
Vim command argument - :help -r
Option ' :help 'textwidth'
Regular expression / :help /[

Keep in mind that feature-parity with Vim is an ongoing effort. The Vim docs are provided in full without modifications (see :help nv for Neovintageous specific differences).

Mapping Commands

The other big feature for this release is the ability to map to Sublime Text commands and custom commands as well as the Command-line commands. The functionality is currently limited to basic, no-argument, commands, but you can create custom command wrappers to map to those too.

Suppose, for example, you want to map ,m to the Goto Symbol in Project command, which is available out-of-the-box in Sublime Text via the goto_symbol_in_project command. You can map to any command by camel casing it, upper-casing the first letter, and appending <CR> (create the mapping in your vintageousrc file, you can open it via the Command Palette “NeoVintageous: Open My vintageousrc File”):

let mapleader=,
nnoremap <leader>m :GotoSymbolInProject<CR>

You need to reload the mappings, you can do that via the Command Palette “NeoVintageous: Reload My vintageousrc File”.

You can also creating mappings for custom commands. Suppose, for example, you want to map ,f to Goto Symbol in File, and ,ep to Open Preferences:

let mapleader=,
nnoremap <leader>f :GotoSymbolInFile<CR>
nnoremap <leader>ep :OpenPreferences<CR>

The mappings above use two commands that are not available in Sublime Text out-of-the-box. Create custom commands e.g. create a file named with the following commands (place the plugin in your user directory, find it via Menu > Preferences > Browse Packages...):

import os

import sublime
import sublime_plugin

class OpenPreferencesCommand(sublime_plugin.WindowCommand):
    def run(self):
        self.window.run_command('open_file', {
            'file': os.path.join(

class GotoSymbolInFileCommand(sublime_plugin.WindowCommand):
    def run(self):
        self.window.run_command('show_overlay', {
            'overlay': 'goto',
            'text': '@'

See :h vintageousrc for the full documentation.

Tip: Mapping Window Commands to mapleader

If you prefer not to enable the ctrl-keys (via the 'vintageous_use_ctrl_keys' setting), you can map window commands to your mapleader key. Then, instead of using the CTRL key, you can use your mapleader. Note: the bar character (|) needs to be escaped in mappings.

let mapleader=,

" Window resize mapleader aliases.
nnoremap <leader>_ <C-w>_
nnoremap <leader>\| <C-w>\|
nnoremap <leader>= <C-w>=
nnoremap <leader>. <C-w>_<C-w>\|

The mappings above mean you can resize groups equally (,=), vertically (,|), horizontally (,_), and as wide and high as possible (,.).

Mapping to Plugin Commands

You can map pretty much any Sublime Text command, including commands provided by third party plugins. For example, the Test plugin provides commands for running your tests:

nnoremap <leader>t :TestNearest<CR>
nnoremap <leader>T :TestFile<CR>
nnoremap <leader>a :TestSuite<CR>
nnoremap <leader>l :TestLast<CR>
nnoremap <leader>gg :TestVisit<CR>

There are many more details in the release notes.


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