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How can I install Neovim on Ubuntu? Should I compile it from source?

The installation steps are a little bit blurry for me...

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From source

  1. Download the master branch from Github

  2. Install the dependencies

    sudo apt-get install libtool autoconf automake cmake libncurses5-dev g++
    
  3. Go to the root of the project and build

    make cmake
    make test
    
  4. Run nvim in /neovim-master/build/bin

That works for me.

From the repository

  1. Add the repository

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable
    
  2. Update and install

    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install neovim
    
  • After that you might want to create a symlink in /usr/bin to point to nvim location so that it is indirectly included in your $PATH. – Buddyshot Mar 5 '14 at 19:55
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    I would suggest creating a symlink in ~/bin and adding that directory to your path. This makes it easier to add other scripts to your PATH too. – gns-ank Aug 22 '14 at 9:57
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    Might need to install libtool-bin, as well. – Jonathan Landrum Nov 10 '16 at 21:41
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According to official Wiki:

Neovim has been added to a Personal Package Archive which allows you to install it using apt-get on Ubuntu 12.04 and later

Run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neovim

Prerequisites for the Python modules:

sudo apt-get install python-dev python-pip python3-dev python3-pip
  • You still have to install Python modules by hand, which sucks IMHO. – art-solopov Dec 24 '15 at 21:15
  • See this wiki section for the three easy steps to install python modules. – Tom Hale Oct 20 '16 at 9:21
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curl -LO https://github.com/neovim/neovim/releases/download/nightly/nvim.appimage
chmod u+x nvim.appimage
./nvim.appimage

from https://github.com/neovim/neovim/wiki/Installing-Neovim

It just downloads standalone appimage. u can place it in path if you want to excute it from anywhere. Works on ALL DISTRIBUTIONS

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I followed the; git clone **; cd neovim; make cmake make test

ended up with nvim that worked, but isn't integrated with the system. I might leave him a few weeks/months to get it into some sort of state. But it does work.

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