vim-markdown VS goyo.vim

Compare vim-markdown vs goyo.vim and see what are their differences.


:tulip: Distraction-free writing in Vim (by junegunn)
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vim-markdown goyo.vim
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Posts with mentions or reviews of vim-markdown. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-28.


Posts with mentions or reviews of goyo.vim. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-27.
  • Ensō: write now, edit later
    6 projects | | 27 Oct 2023
  • Ask HN: Did anyone write a book in Nano?
    3 projects | | 1 Aug 2023
    I wrote a manuscript in vim a couple Novembers ago, for NaNoWrimo. I used a couple plugins, primarily Goyo [1] to add some margins, but otherwise, yeah, plain vim.

    I don't think it was really any more productive than my current workflow in Obsidian. Vim keybindings are more useful for editing than for writing (and for editing code in particular, where the changes you're making are much more structured). Also, while the extra features afforded by Obsidian don't really make a difference during the writing process, I find they're really useful for outlines and other preliminary work, which is something of a point against a vim-only workflow unless you want to use vimwiki [2] or something.

    Granted, Obsidian is still a markdown-based tool, so there's still some level of minimalism going on there, but by that point we're really discussing markup vs word processors, which is its own conversation—and to my mind, a much more important one. I much prefer working in markup than in a rich text editor, because plain text is easy to edit and process through the terminal, and because it lets me separate style choices from content.

    I find that the markdown live preview that editors like Obsidian and Typora provide (and which vim doesn't) is a really nice compromise between a slick composing experience and the technical affordances of markup. Between that and Obsidian's hypertext features, I think I'll stick with Obsidian for the foreseeable future.



  • is it possible to read books in vim?
    5 projects | /r/vim | 12 Jun 2023
    Maybe could be useful then.
  • Help with plugin: Goyo
    1 project | /r/neovim | 21 May 2023
    Goyo is a distraction free plugin for vim/NeoVim. Typically used for people wanting to write inside of NeoVim. There isn’t a real purpose for me to use it other than I like the aesthetic looks. Thanks for replying!
  • [Vim] Vous cherchez un moyen d'ajouter un rembourrage de tout le côté de la fenêtre.
    2 projects | /r/enfrancais | 5 May 2023
  • An application that serves as a notepad that overlays the screen?
    1 project | /r/linuxquestions | 20 Apr 2023
    Maybe not of use, but what about just one of your editors + the terminal? Using vim with the goyo extension similarly without the overlay. I write my notes with markdown.
  • SQLite WASM in the Browser Backed by the Origin Private File System
    17 projects | | 12 Jan 2023
    I haven't maintained a Vim config in a few years now (more of an Emacs man now), but I do remember using Goyo in college. Looking back at it, I think it might scratch your itch as far as Vim plugins go, it even allows you to resize the area on the fly.

  • UPDATE: no-neck-pain.nvim - Dead simple plugin to center the currently focused buffer to the middle of the screen.
    6 projects | /r/neovim | 30 Dec 2022
    I went from to and now this
    3 projects | /r/neovim | 18 Dec 2022
    Can't see mentioned anywhere in this thread.
  • BlindVim, my first simple plugin.
    4 projects | /r/neovim | 28 Dec 2022
    This feels real similar in concept to limelight and goyo. Nice! 👍🏻

What are some alternatives?

When comparing vim-markdown and goyo.vim you can also consider the following projects:

vim-pandoc-syntax - pandoc markdown syntax, to be installed alongside vim-pandoc

zen-mode.nvim - 🧘 Distraction-free coding for Neovim

vim-markdown - Markdown Vim Mode

vim-pencil - Rethinking Vim as a tool for writing

vim-lexical - Build on Vim’s spell/thes/dict completion

vim-easy-align - :sunflower: A Vim alignment plugin

otter.nvim - Just ask an otter! 🦦

vim-startify - :link: The fancy start screen for Vim.

livedown - Live Markdown previews for your favorite editor.

indent-blankline.nvim - Indent guides for Neovim

nvim-FeMaco.lua - Catalyze your Fenced Markdown Code-block editing!