Neovim + LanguageServer.jl


Dheepak Krishnamurthy


June 2, 2020


neovim, vim, languageserver, julia, lsp

This is a showcase of some of the capabilities of Julia’s LanguageServer.jl and Neovim’s built-in Language Server Protocol (LSP) client, as well as the instructions to install this setup.


The .vimrc code corresponding to the capability is linked in the caption of each screencapture.



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If you’d like to use this you will need the following:

  1. neovim v0.5.0
  2. neovim/nvim-lsp

The neovim/nvim-lsp repository contains language server configurations for a bunch of languages. Once you have neovim/nvim-lsp installed with your favorite plugin manager, you can run :LspInstall julials. That will download and install LanguageServer.jl and SymbolServer.jl into your global environment. You may also want JuliaEditorSupport/julia-vim for syntax highlighting and other niceties.

At the moment you’ll have to make some changes to julials file. The changes required are in this PR:

And, at the moment neovim v0.5.0 isn’t released yet. You’ll have to get the latest commit on master and build from source, or download a release from the nightly tag on github. This also means that the lsp client is not stable yet. If you run into any issues, open an issue on

Here is a minimal .vimrc configuration that works with NVIM v0.5.0-539-g91e41c857.

set nocompatible
filetype off

if empty(glob('~/.local/share/nvim/site/autoload/plug.vim'))
  silent !curl -fLo ~/.local/share/nvim/site/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs
  autocmd VimEnter * PlugInstall --sync | source $MYVIMRC

call plug#begin('~/.local/share/nvim/plugged')

Plug 'JuliaEditorSupport/julia-vim'
Plug 'neovim/nvim-lsp'

call plug#end()

lua << EOF

autocmd Filetype julia setlocal omnifunc=v:lua.vim.lsp.omnifunc

nnoremap <silent> <c-]> <cmd>lua vim.lsp.buf.definition()<CR>
nnoremap <silent> K     <cmd>lua vim.lsp.buf.hover()<CR>
nnoremap <silent> gr    <cmd>lua vim.lsp.buf.references()<CR>
nnoremap <silent> g0    <cmd>lua vim.lsp.buf.document_symbol()<CR>

Once you have this, you should be able to open a .jl file and LanguageServer.jl will start up! It may take some time for SymbolServer.jl to cache the symbols the first time you run it, so be prepared to wait for a while. You can type :lua print(vim.lsp.get_log_path())<CR> in neovim to get the path to the language server log file. When you see [ Info: Received new data from Julia Symbol Server. you should be good to go.


“LanguageServer.jl with emacs eglot.” [Online]. Available:



BibTeX citation:
  author = {Krishnamurthy, Dheepak},
  title = {Neovim + {LanguageServer.jl}},
  date = {2020-06-02},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
D. Krishnamurthy, “Neovim + LanguageServer.jl,” Jun. 02, 2020.