A simple and opinionated modal code editor for your terminal
Pepper is an experiment of mine to simplify code editing from the terminal. It’s mission is to be a minimal and fast code editor with an orthogonal set of both editing and navigation features.
Pepper is open-source, which means you’re free to build it and access all of its features. However, to support the development, prebuilt binaries are available for purchase at itch.
This will not only keep you updated with the latest features/fixes but also support further pepper development!
cargo install pepper will get you the vanilla pepper editor experience.
However, if you also want LSP support,
you can run
cargo install pepper-plugin-lsp which will install the pepper editor together with its lsp plugin.
cargo install --git https://github.com/vamolessa/pepper pepper
NOTE(1): installing from source still requires
cargo (at least it’s easier this way).
NOTE(2): installing from source will actually install the editor with the configurations I use (you can check my setup).
Please open an issue
In the spirit of Handmade, all features are coded from scratch using simple stable Rust code. These are the only external crates being used in the project:
winapi(windows-only): needed to implement the windows platform layer
libc(unix-only): needed to implement the unix platform layer
wasm-bindgen(web-only): needed to implement the web platform layer
Pepper is modal which means keypresses do different things depending on which mode you’re in.
However, it’s also designed to have few modes so the overhead is minimal. Most of the time, users will be in
Like Vim, you have to actively start text selection.
However, unlike it, you can also manipulate selections in normal mode.
Also, there’s no ‘action’ then ‘movement’. There’s only selections and actions.
d will always only delete selected text. If the selection was empty, it does nothing.
Pepper expands on Vim’s editing capabilities by supporting multiple cursors. This enables you to make several text transformations at once. Also, cursors behave like carets instead of blocks and can always go one-past-last-character-in-line.
In config recipes you’ll find some basic “vim-like” keybindigns for more vim comparisons.
Like Kakoune, you can manipulate selections while in normal mode and actions always operate on selections.
However, unlike it, normal mode remembers if you’re selecting text or nor (think a pseudo-mode).
This way, there’s no need for extra
alt- based keybindings.
Pepper is heavily inspired by Kakoune’s selection based workflow and multiple cursors. However its cursors behave like caret ranges instead of block selections. That is, the cursor is not a one-char selection but only a visual cue to indicate the caret location.
Also at keyboard-layout-editor.
It’s possible to kinda follow Pepper’s development history in this twitter thread
Pepper is open-source, which means you’re free to build it and access all of its features.
However, prebuilt binaries are available for purchase at itch.
You can also directly buy me a coffee :)
Please consider supporting Pepper’s development and I’ll be forever grateful :)