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Working With Prisma in Vim


Prisma & Vim logos

Prisma is a really nice set of packages that help you write your database and API functionality. VSCode has a Prisma extension that helps you format your schema files appropriately. If you're using Vim, you can actually still achieve this functionality with a couple of plugins. First, you're going to need some sort of plugin manager for Vim in order to install third-party plugins from the community. In my case, I use Neovim together with vim-plug.

Install vim-plug with Neovim

sh -c 'curl -fLo "${XDG_DATA_HOME:-$HOME/.local/share}"/nvim/site/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs \'

And then add this to the top of your nvim.init file

call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged')

" List plugins here

call plug#end()

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In order to get Prisma autocompletion in Vim, the easiest way to get started is by using coc.nvim and installing a couple of COC plugins. Start by adding this to the plugins and then sourcing the file, and then running PlugInstall from the Vim command line.

" Code intellisense / autocompletion
Plug 'neoclide/coc.nvim', {'branch': 'release'}

" Prisma syntax highlighting
Plug 'pantharshit00/vim-prisma'

Then you simply need to run the following command to install the Prisma plugin for coc

:CocInstall coc-prisma


Syntax highlighting

Prisma syntax highlighting


Prisma linting


If you want to format the Prisma file, you can simply run the :Format command from within Vim. If you instead want to auto-format the file on saving, you can add this to the COC config file (that you can open by running :CocConfig).

  "coc.preferences.formatOnSaveFiletypes": ["prisma"]


Using this setup you can quite comfortably write Prisma code inside of Vim, where you can get syntax highlighting, format the code, and get built-in linting. If you like this sort of content, consider following me on Twitter to find out when I post next. Thank you for reading!