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Helix is a 'Post-Modern' modal text editor based on Neovim and Kakoune that is written in Rust. Helix comes with a builtin language server, multiple selections, and smart syntax highlighting.


USE flags

USE flags for app-editors/helix A post-modern text editor

debug Enable extra debug codepaths, like asserts and extra output. If you want to get meaningful backtraces see https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Project:Quality_Assurance/Backtraces
grammar Build and install grammar language files


This package is currently marked unstable so the unstable keyword must be accepted.
root #emerge --ask app-editors/helix


Helix uses TOML for configuration, making the configuration much easier cleaner than comparable text editors. The configuration is stored at ~/.config/helix/config.toml.


Helix can be started with hx:

user $hx

See Also

  • Vim — a text editor based on the vi text editor.