Smooth scrolling for Vim done right🥤
This (neo)vim plugin makes scrolling nice and smooth. Find yourself completely lost every time you press
Ctrl-F? You might want to give vim-smoothie a try!
You will need reasonably new Vim or Neovim with timers support. Vim 8+ or Neovim 0.3+ should do the trick.
Install the plugin using your favorite plugin manager, for example vim-plug:
vim-smoothie aims for sane defaults, and should work out-of-the-box for most users. In some cases, however, you might want to customize its behavior, by adjusting one or more of the following variables in your
g:smoothie_enabled: Set it to
v:false) to disable vim-smoothie. Useful for temporary disabling the plugin, f.ex. when running Vim over extremely slow connections.
g:smoothie_no_default_mappings: If true, will prevent the plugin from overriding default scrolling keys (
Ctrl-Dand friends). You are then supposed to bind keys you like by yourself. See
plugin/smoothie.vimto discover available mappings.
g:smoothie_experimental_mappings: Set this to true to enable additional, experimental mappings (currently
G). It is not recommended to enable them unless you're ready to fight potential bugs.
There are many other Vim plugins attempting to resolve the same problem. The most interesting one is sexy_scroller.vim, which covers way more movement commands than vim-smoothie will ever do. Unfortunately, it also suffers from frequent visual artifacts, such as erratic screen jumps and animation jittering, impairing visual orientation and breaking the user experience. Many of these bugs are nearly impossible to fix due to the plugin's internal design. Hence, vim-smoothie was born, focusing on stable, bug-free, smooth experience, at a cost of smaller feature set.
The table below summarizes key differences between vim-smoothie and three other popular smooth scrolling plugins I've used in the past: sexy_scroller.vim, comfortable-motion.vim, and vim-smooth-scroll.
G1 | A lot❤️ |
^B| | Erratic screen jumps and jittering now and then | Nope | A lot💔 | Nope | Nope | | Scrolling distance is proportional to window height | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ✅ | | Easing out (soft-stop) | ✅ | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | | Supports setting
[count]before movement (f.ex.
3^Fto scroll down 3 pages) | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | | Respects
startoflineoptions | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | |
^Ubehave correctly near buffer ends, just moving the cursor instead of scrolling the window | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | | Terminal bell support | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ | | Pun in name | ✅ | ✅ | ❌ | ❌ |
Notes: 1. these commands are experimental and disabled by default
vim-smoothie strives to remain fully compatible with native commands it replaces. That is, every command should still behave exactly as described in
:help scroll.txt. There are still some deviations from the original behavior, which hopefully will be addressed in the future:
^Bshould respect the