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Disable Line Numbers in Fern's Sidebar within Vim


Line numbers take up a bit of horizontal space, here's how you can disable them in Fern (a sidebar tree view for Vim).

Quick Jump: Demo Video

This is a small quality of life enhancement to disable line numbers only in Fern’s buffer. Technically this will work if you use NERDTree or netrw with a minor adjustment around the autocmd file type too.

Demo Video


  • 0:19 – Gain extra horizontal space by disabling line numbers
  • 0:52 – Going over the tiny bit of configuration to make this work
  • 1:49 – Why I’m using setlocal instead of set

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