June 26, 2020
How to automatically change the current working directory in Neovim
Something that has been overly annoying ever since I switched over to Neovim from Vim is the fact that my working directory has alway been my home folder, no matter what file I’m editing.
I first though it was an issue with the plugin Ranger.vim and I didn’t do anything about it. I exclusively use that plugin to navigate my filesystem and open files in Neovim using Ranger (and previously in Vim) and I can’t live without it.
It wasn’t until I recently that I noticed that I had the same issue when using the built in command
:edit that I did some research about it and found out about the feature
'autochdir' 'acd' boolean (default off) global When on, Vim will change the current working directory whenever you open a file, switch buffers, delete a buffer or open/close a window. It will change to the directory containing the file which was opened or selected.
When enabled it means that when I’m working on a file in the folder
$HOME/example/ and then open a new buffer and spawn Ranger inside Neovim (or just using
:edit) I end up in the folder
$HOME/example and no in my home folder