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Riv: Notes and wiki in rst

:Last Update: 2018-01-21 :Version: 0.793

New Changes

0.793: fix the RivInstruction, add RivDoc

0.792: fix the python/rst syntax file

0.791: Add a conceal syntax for *.rst filelink

0.79: As The clickable is not stable, and with many voting to disable it, revert to 0.77.


Riv is a vim plugin for taking notes with reStructuredText_.

.. figure:: :align: center

riv.vim_ (vim) +  InstantRst_ (web server) +  rhythm.css_ (theme)


First things first.

There are some other note plugins in Vim, like vimwiki, vim-notes, VOoM_, etc.

Also org-mode_ if you are an Emacs fan.

Why use this plugin?

In comparison, the biggest advantage of Riv.vim is reStructuredText_ support.

reStructuredText is a markup language.

Its syntax is similar to markdown_, but more powerful and extensible. Tables, LaTex, etc. are supported.

It's widely used in the Python community, and has many relevant plugins. Sphinx_ ( Pygments_, Nikola_, etc.

Here is a post comparing reStructuredText and Markdown:


Write wiki with project and file link support. TODO syntax is added. Editing
Faster typing, easier navigation, clear indenting, auto formatting etc. Reading Improved syntax highlighting and folding support for reading document clearly. Publish Convert RST files to a number of different formats: PDF, HTML, XML, Latex and ODT, etc. A new theme rhythm.css_ is added for better performance. Plugins
Support many plugins like Sphinx_ syntax support. Other RST plugins:

- Vim & Python: InstantRst_ for previewing RST documents instantly.
- Vim & Python: Syntastic_ for syntax checking. Requires Docutils_ and Pygments_.
- Python: Sphinx_ for Sphinx users.
- Python: Nikola_ or pelican_ for static blogging with RST syntax.
- Python: HoverCraft_ for writing presentation from RST.

Contribution to this list are welcome.


Using Vundle_

Recommended Add this line to your

(after you have properly set up Vundle_)::
Bundle 'Rykka/riv.vim'

Downloaded zip/tar.gz file

Extract the contents of the archive to your



You can add projects with

let proj1 = { 'path': '~/Dropbox/rst', }
let g:riv_projects = [proj1]

More options see the


Make sure your

directory is before
. By default it is present before

Also make sure

filetype plugin indent on
syntax on
options are present in your

Related tools



You can have a quick start with


Here is the Screencast:

  • Riv: QuickStart_ (HD)

New To Vim

  • If you are new to Vim, you can get a basic overview of Vim using

    . To use it simply type
    in your shell.
  • To view the quick reference of Vim, use

    :h quickref

New To RST

  • To get a quick overview of reStructuredText, some of the available options are:

Read "

A ReStructuredText Primer
". You can use
to open it in Vim. Or, you can read "
Quick reStructuredText
  • For a detailed look at reStructuredText's specifications, take a look at "

    reStructuredText Specification
    _". You can use
    to open it in Vim.
  • Finally, you can use "

    reStructuredText cheatsheet
    _" for a quick review. Use
    to open it in Vim.

New To Riv

  • For getting started with Riv, read "

    QuickStart With Riv
    _". You can also view it using
    in Vim.
  • Detailed instructions for Riv are available at "

    _". Use
    to read the same in Vim.


The bug tracker for Riv is at You can use it to report bugs and open feature requests. Discussions related to Riv are welcome too.

You can follow my twitter

_ and tweet me there too.

Common Issues

  • If you get errors with folding in documents, you can try to force reload using

Or just

as it will auto-refold after saving.
  • Windows:

    • Converting to other formats may fail.

    This could happen due to Docutils not working correctly with

  • Mac OS:

    • Lists don't act as expected.

    This could happen if the

     key could not be mapped. Try some
    other mapping instead.



.. Vim text editor: .. _reStructuredText: .. _Sphinx: .. _QuickStart: .. _Instructions: .. A ReStructuredText Primer: .. _Quick reStructuredText: .. _Quickstart With Riv: .. Vundle: .. _Docutils: .. _Pygments: .. _Syntastic: .. _rivlog: .. _rivtodo: .. _reStructuredText Specification: .. _reStructuredText cheatsheet: .. _vimwiki: .. _vim-notes: .. _markdown: .. _org-mode: .. _Jon Stewart: .. _Nikola: .. _

: .. _InstantRst: .. _Galaxy.vim: .. _HoverCraft: .. _typo.css: .. _VOoM: .. _doctest.vim: .. _
: .. _
: .. _rhythm.css: .. _changelog: changelog.rst .. _riv.vim: .. _pelican:

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