building neovim from source

Decided to do something exciting this weekend, so I built neovim from it source. Started out by finding a site that actually explained how to do it but it was a bit misleading. Installed dependencies but still couldn’t build the thing. Any who if you decide to build neovim from its source better make sure that you install the libtools-bin and optionally remove linuxbrew. The best part is that the python support is on by default but you need to add neovim python package. If you run the build from the build folder it will complain about syntax issues.

clone neovim:

git clone

install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libtool libtool-bin autoconf automake cmake libncurses5-dev g++

make python bindings available:

sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip python3-dev python3-pip

Go to the root of the project and build:

make test

Install to access helptags and fix missing “syntax.vim” in /usr/share…

make install

You may want to user your current vim config for the instance:

	ln -s ~/.vim ~/.config/nvim
	ln -s ~/.vimrc ~/.config/nvim/init.vim

Even fix some incompatibility issues:

	if !has('nvim')
		set ttymouse=xterm2



  1. neovim wiki
  2. a nice article on the same

End of story