Helix – post-modern modal text editor

Last Updated on July 14, 2023

Helix is a Kakoune / Neovim inspired editor.

No Electron. No VimScript. No JavaScript. Use it over ssh, tmux, or a plain terminal.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Vim-like modal editing.
  • Multiple cursors as a core editing primitive, inspired by Kakoune. Commands manipulate selections which allows concurrent code editing.
  • Code manipulation – navigate and select functions, classes, comments, etc and select syntax tree nodes instead of plain text.
  • Built-in language server support – language specific auto completion, goto definition, documentation, diagnostics and other IDE features with no additional configuration.
  • Smart, incremental syntax highlighting and code editing via tree-sitter. Tree-sitter produces error tolerant and robust syntax trees, which enables better syntax highlighting, indent calculation and code navigation.
  • Modern builtin features – fuzzy finder to jump to files and symbols, project wide search, beautiful themes, auto closing bracket pairs, surround integration and more.

Website: helix-editor.com
Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Bla┼ż Hrastnik, Michael Davis, Dmitry Sharshakov, Gokul Soumya, Ivan Tham, and many other contributors
License: Mozilla Public License 2.0

Helix
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Helix is written in Rust. Learn Rust with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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