A Walkthrough on Helix — A Post-Modern Modal Text Editor
This article is part of the Helix series.
The classical learning curve for Vim/Neovim is daunting for beginners. Besides that, to make Vim/Neovim usable for coding, a considerable amount of time is also required to configure the editor. Helix comes in as a good alternative for beginners.
Helix is a Kakoune/Neovim-inspired editor, written in Rust. It comes pre-configured with sensible defaults that feature
- Vim-like modal editing
- Multiple selections
- Built-in language server support
- Smart, incremental syntax highlighting and code editing via tree-sitter
Helix can be configured using the
config.toml file in the following location.
- Linux and Mac:
We can open the config file easily by typing
:config-open within Helix's normal mode.
Similar to Vim Tutor, Helix provides a tutorial that can be assessed by typing the command
By default, Helix is bundled with popular themes like
catppucin, and many other themes.
We can use the
:theme command to change the theme.