We provide pre-built binaries on the GitHub Releases page.
Helix is available in homebrew-core:
brew install helix
A flake containing the package is available in
the project root. The flake can also be used to spin up a reproducible development
shell for working on Helix with
Flake outputs are cached for each push to master using Cachix. The flake is configured to automatically make use of this cache assuming the user accepts the new settings on first use.
If you are using a version of Nix without flakes enabled you can
install Cachix cli;
cachix use helix will
configure Nix to use cached outputs when possible.
Releases are available in the
A helix-git package is also available on the AUR, which builds the master branch.
You can install the COPR package for Helix via
sudo dnf copr enable varlad/helix sudo dnf install helix
sudo xbps-install helix
git clone https://github.com/helix-editor/helix cd helix cargo install --path helix-term
This will install the
hx binary to
Helix also needs it's runtime files so make sure to copy/symlink the
runtime/ directory into the
config directory (for example
~/.config/helix/runtime on Linux/macOS). This location can be overridden
HELIX_RUNTIME environment variable.
To make sure everything is set up as expected you should finally run the helix healthcheck via
For more information on the information displayed in the healthcheck results refer to Healthcheck.
Tree-sitter grammars must be fetched and compiled if not pre-packaged.
Fetch grammars with
hx --grammar fetch (requires
git) and compile them
hx --grammar build (requires a C++ compiler).
Language servers can optionally be installed if you want their features (auto-complete, diagnostics etc.). Follow the instructions on the wiki page to add your language servers of choice.