gyro VS zls

Compare gyro vs zls and see what are their differences.


A Zig package manager with an index, build runner, and build dependencies. (by mattnite)


A Zig language server supporting Zig developers with features like autocomplete and goto definition (by zigtools)
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gyro zls
7 14
575 2,183
- 6.1%
2.9 9.8
7 months ago 1 day ago
Zig Zig
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of gyro. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-19.


Posts with mentions or reviews of zls. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-06.
  • Have questions/requests/issues related to the Zig Language Server?
    5 projects | /r/Zig | 6 May 2023
    There is no official documentation but the standard library provides definitions for the exchange format and an incomplete set of function for exchanging messages in Client.zig and Server.zig. You can find examples of the zig compile server in action in my PR for ZLS and a showcase of hot-code-swapping by kubkon. The code that implements the ZCS in the zig codebase can be found here.
  • Allow download in build flake's build phase.
    4 projects | /r/Nix | 23 Feb 2023
    For the people who come in the future and want to know how to do it, here is the code as of today (at some point it will be in ZLS repository - - and you should take a look there too to see more up-to-date code).
  • Zig is now self–hosted by default
    13 projects | | 19 Aug 2022
  • Ask HN: What tool would you buy to make your life easier?
    3 projects | | 8 May 2022
  • Failing to Learn Zig via Advent of Code
    17 projects | | 17 Jan 2022
    > Building is slow. It takes about ~3 seconds minimum which is frustratingly slow when I'm fighting basic syntax errors. I wish there was a fast zig check.

    > Lack of zig-analyzer makes learning hard.

    > zig fmt src/main.zig is nice. Wish it automatically ran on all files.

    I also did (well, "am doing", can only work a bit each day and am plugging through day 7 right now) AdventOfCode in Zig this year.

    These points here didn't resonate with me at all. I wonder if the author knew about or tried ZLS[0]. I had it on and integrated with my VSCode and it would check a lot of things as I went and format on save. I think I followed something like this[1] to set it up.


  • How in the world do you set up nvim-cmp?
    7 projects | /r/neovim | 23 Dec 2021
    cd $HOME/.local/zls && curl -L | tar -xJ --strip-components=1 -C .
  • Is there a zig plugin for neovim?
    3 projects | /r/Zig | 22 Oct 2021
    There is zig-vim, language server and support in nvim-treesitter
  • Setup Zig for Gamedev
    3 projects | | 13 Mar 2021
    ZLS provides Visual Studio Code (or any other editor with LSP support) with features such as completions, goto definition, find references, rename symbol and format code. If you have git installed recursively clone the repository else you can download and extract an archive of the source from here: Also download and extract and and extract them to the zls/src directory. Use your terminal (cmd.exe) to change into the zls directory and run zig build. If that was successful a zls.exe should exist in zig-cache/bin.
  • Rant: Neovim is less productive than VS Code
    4 projects | /r/neovim | 7 Mar 2021
    As a challenge, I wanted to get Zig working with my config. I timed myself from the first tab opening, to the point I was able to edit Zig files with syntax working and the LSP setup. This took me 30 minutes. Most of that time was spent trying to compile zls because of a current incompatibility with the latest Zig master release. The time I spent learning how to configure properly my editor is time that I will never spend trying to figure out how another program works, trying to memorize hundreds of different nonsensical, arbitrary keybinds, trying to figure out how the workflow of an editor Unfortunately, I don't think Neovim (especially the nightly features) is mature enough for a "distribution" like SpaceVim to really work. We're getting there, but I'd say it's worth waiting for the official 0.5 release.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing gyro and zls you can also consider the following projects:

zigmod - 📦 A package manager for the Zig programming language.

zig.vim - Vim configuration for Zig

Neovim-from-scratch - 📚 A Neovim config designed from scratch to be understandable

nvim-treesitter - Nvim Treesitter configurations and abstraction layer

zig - General-purpose programming language and toolchain for maintaining robust, optimal, and reusable software.

nvim-dap - Debug Adapter Protocol client implementation for Neovim

zigup - Download and manage zig compilers.


nvim-lsp-installer - Further development has moved to!

zig-vulkan-triangle - simple triangle displayed using vulkan, glfw, and zig

zig-riscv-embedded - Experimental Zig-based CoAP node for the HiFive1 RISC-V board