How to install GNU Emacs
on Ubuntu

GNU Emacs snap

GNU Emacs

Alex Murray (alexmurray)

GNU Emacs is the extensible self-documenting text editor

Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.

Features include:

  • Content-aware editing modes, including syntax coloring, for many file types.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human scripts.
  • Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
  • An entire ecosystem of functionality beyond text editing, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more.
  • A packaging system for downloading and installing extensions.

This snap is built via the build.snapcraft.io service from the snapcraft.yaml definition at https://github.com/alexmurray/emacs-snap to ensure source and build transparency.

Details for GNU Emacs

License
GPL-3.0+
Last updated
26 June 2019

Install instructions for snaps on Ubuntu

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions.

Enable snapd

If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or later, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) and Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), you don’t need to do anything. Snap is already installed and ready to go.

For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.

Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:

Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

Install GNU Emacs

To install GNU Emacs, simply use the following command:

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