NeoVintageous 1.4.0 has just been released. The highlights are a new help system (including full Vim documentation) and the ability to map to built-in Sublime Text commands or user commands.

Help and Vim documentation

In NeoVintageous 1.4.0, you can access Vim’s documentation thanks to the new :help {subject} command-line command. Vim’s full documentation system is accessible via the command, and is an extensive cross-referenced and hyperlinked reference. It’s kept up-to-date with the software and can answer almost any question about Vim’s functionality. An up-to-date version of Vim help, with hyperlinks, can be found on appspot.

NeoVintageous is an emulation of Vim so feature-parity is an ongoing effort, some features are not implemented or implemented fully, and differences are not fully documented. See :help nv to learn about some of the differences. Please open issues to request missing features.

:help nv

Documentation for plugins is available too:

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

Jumping to subject

To jump to a subject, position the cursor on a tag (e.g. |bars|, 'option') and hit Ctrl-]. You can then jump forwards and backwards by pressing Ctrl-I and Ctrl-O (in/out).

It is possible to go directly to whatever you want help on, by giving an argument to the :help command. Prepend something to specify the context:

Normal mode command   :help x
Visual mode command v_ :help v_x
Insert mode command i_ :help i_x
Command-line command : :help :x
Command-line editing c_ :help c_x
Vim command argument - :help -x
Option ' :help 'textwidth'
Regular expression / :help /[

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 (commands can actually map arguments from 1.6.0) and advanced mapping from 1.11.0 and 1.16.0), but you can create custom command wrappers to map to those too.

For example, if you wanted to map ,m to the Goto Symbol in Project command (goto_symbol_in_project), which is a built-in Sublime Text command, you can map to to by camel casing it, upper-casing the first letter, and appending <CR>.

nnoremap <leader>m :GotoSymbolInProject<CR>

You can open your vintageousrc file through the Command Palette:

NeoVintageous: Open My vintageousrc File

And you’ll need to reload it for changes to take effect:

NeoVintageous: Reload My vintageousrc File

Mapping to user commands

For example, you could map ,f and ,ep to the following two user commands respectively:

let mapleader=,
nnoremap <leader>f :GotoSymbolInFile<CR>
nnoremap <leader>ep :OpenPreferences<CR>
import os
import sublime
import sublime_plugin

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

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

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>

Further reading