Getting a recent NeoVim version to work on Ubuntu 22.04

After discovering AstroNVim, a great NeoVim configuration that includes all the bells and whistles I needed, I decided to set up NeoVim on my Ubuntu 22.04 system.

However, I found that the default repositories on Ubuntu 22.04 do not provide the latest version of NeoVim, and the unstable repository can be, as its name suggests, unstable.

While solutions like Snap provide an easy installation method, they can be slower due to the virtualization overhead.

To ensure I had the stable I required for AstroVim, I decided to build NeoVim from source. This guide will walk you through the steps to install NeoVim by checking out the Git repository and building the stable version from source.


Before starting, ensure you have the following prerequisites installed on your system:

  • Git
  • Build essentials
  • CMake
  • Ninja
  • pkg-config
  • libtool
  • autoconf
  • automake
  • cmake
  • gettext
  • curl

You can install these dependencies with the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install git build-essential cmake ninja-build pkg-config libtool libtool-bin autoconf automake gettext curl

Cloning the NeoVim Repository

First, clone the NeoVim Git repository to your local machine:

git clone

Navigate to the neovim directory:

cd neovim

Checking Out the Stable Version

To ensure you're building the stable version, check out the latest stable branch. AstroNVim requires v0.9.5 or newer - the stable branch provided v0.10.0 at the time of writing, so that worked out great.

Checkout the stable tag:

git checkout stable

Building NeoVim

Now, build NeoVim using CMake:

make CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo

This command will download third-party dependencies, compile the code, and create the necessary binaries. The build process might take a few minutes to complete.

Installing NeoVim

After the build process is complete, install NeoVim using the following command:

cd build && cpack -G DEB && sudo dpkg -i nvim-linux64.deb

This command will generate a DEB package and install it.

No sudo make install I hear you say? Well, a DEB package - as NeoVim puts it - "should help ensuring the clean removal of installed files". Sounds good.

Verifying the Installation

To verify the installation, you can check the version of NeoVim:

nvim --version

You should see output similar to the following:

NVIM v0.10.0
Build type: RelWithDebInfo

And... done!

All right, NeoVim is up and running. Configuring AstroNVim is now just a matter of following a couple of instructions. And that's it! Happy NeoVimming!