Helix editor with multiple lsp's for one language

The helix editor is in its early days. It's quite insanely cool as it stands, and even cooler if you choose which branch to run yourself.

Warning! This is a typical blog post of mine... "lest I forget, do these steps and you'll be fine!"

I did this on fedora37 in a toolbox. You don't have to.

The goal is to get pyright and ruff running for python in Helix.


Start by reading the Helix Editor install page. Seriously.

Move on to install things you might or might not be missing. Chances are if you start from a toolbox you'll be missing a lot.

# Install nvm, node, pyright, tree-sitter, rust, cargo, dev tools..
me@toolbox ~ dnf groupinstall "Development Tools"
me@toolbox ~ dnf install gcc-c++
me@toolbox ~ dnf install rust cargo
me@toolbox ~ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/master/install.sh | bash
me@toolbox ~ nvm install v16.19.1
me@toolbox ~ node install pyright tree-sitter tree-sitter-cli

All this happens in a toolbox. Read about it here.

There is one particular Helix branch that I'm interested in.

Hopefully, these instructions will be obsolete very, very soon.

Read all about it here

me@toolbox ~ git clone git@github.com:Philipp-M/helix.git
me@toolbox ~ cd helix
me@toolbox ~ git checkout remotes/origin/multiple-language-servers-with-options-manager
me@toolbox ~ cargo install --locked --path helix-term
me@toolbox ~ ln -s $PWD/runtime ~/.config/helix/runtime

The above is explained on the Helix Editor install page.

The final step is to create ~/.config/helix/config.toml and ~/.config/helix/languages.toml

# ~/.config/helix/config.toml
# This is an example which happens to be how I have helix right now
theme = "base16_transparent"

line-number = "relative"
scroll-lines = 1
scrolloff = 8
true-color = true

insert = "bar"

display-messages = true

left = ["mode", "spinner", "file-name"]
center = []
mode.normal = "NORMAL"
mode.insert = "INSERT"
mode.select = "SELECT"
right = ["diagnostics", "selections", "position", "file-encoding", "file-line-ending", "file-type"]
separator = "│"

render = true
character = "|"

And the language file.

command = "pyright-langserver"
args = ["--stdio"]

lint = true
inlayHint.enable = true

command = "ruff-lsp"
name = "python"
scope ="source.python"
auto-format = true
indent = { tab-width = 4, unit = " " }
formatter = { command = "black", args = ["-", "-q"] }
roots = ["pyproject.toml", "pyrightconfig.json", "Poetry.lock"]
language-servers = [
    { name = "pyright" },
    { name = "ruff-lsp" },

Is the language.toml config 100% correct? I don't think so. It works - so there's that, but this is hardly an authoritative source on how to configure pyright and ruff.

I've found it easiest to just add ruff-lsp to my pyproject.toml file and use Helix when in the virtual env.

To make the most of ruff, add this section in your pyproject.toml file

extend-select = ["A", "B", "C4", "D", "I", "ERA", "PLR", "SIM", "TCH", "ANN"]
show-fixes = true

Learn about what it all means here

...at last

..we have arrived at the objective of this blog post. Running two lsp servers in helix. This feature is currently unavailable in release 22.12, hence the usage of the multiple-language-servers-with-options-manager branch.

There's one more thing I'd like to have as well, namely inlayHints https://github.com/helix-editor/helix/pull/5934

I have absolutely no idea how, or if it's even possible, to merge two repos..(turns out it is). I'm hoping for these patches to make it into the next helix release. Until then - I'm happy with having two lsp's.