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Emacs for Windows
This README file describes how to set up and run a precompiled
distribution of GNU Emacs for Windows. You can find the precompiled
distribution on the ftp.gnu.org server and its mirrors:
This server contains other distributions, including the full Emacs
source distribution, as well as older releases of Emacs for Windows.
Information on how to compile Emacs from sources on Windows is in
the files README and INSTALL in the nt/ sub-directory of the
top-level Emacs directory in the source distribution, as is this
file as README.precompiled. If you received this file as part of
the Emacs source distribution, and are looking for information on
how to build Emacs on MS-Windows, please read those 2 files and not
There are two binary distributions named
emacs-n-i686-w64-mingw32.zip. These are for 64-bit and 32-bit
The binary distribution has these top-level directories:
* Setting up Emacs
To install Emacs, simply unpack the binary package into a directory
of your choice. If you use File Explorer and "Extract" by default
this will be in a top-level directory with the same name as the zip
We also provide a set of optional dependencies, in
emacs-25-x86_64-deps.zip or emacs-25-i686-deps.zip respectively,
which provide Emacs with an number of additional capabilities. To
add these, unpack them directly over the emacs directory structure.
Finally, and also optionally, you can run the program addpm.exe in
the bin subdirectory which will place an icon for Emacs on the start
Emacs is completely portable. You can create your own shortcut to
runemacs.exe and place this where ever you find it convienient, or
run it from a USB or network drive without copying or installing
anything on the machine itself.
* Starting Emacs
To run Emacs, simply select Emacs from the Start Menu, or invoke
runemacs.exe directly from Explorer or from a command prompt. This
will start Emacs in its default GUI mode, ready to use. If you have
never used Emacs before, you should follow the tutorial at this
point (select Emacs Tutorial from the Help menu), since Emacs is
quite different from ordinary Windows applications in many respects.
If you want to use Emacs in tty or character mode within a command
window, you can start it by typing "emacs -nw" at the command prompt.
(Obviously, you need to ensure that the Emacs bin subdirectory is in
your PATH first, or specify the path to emacs.exe.) The -nw
(non-windowed) mode of operation is most useful if you have a telnet
server on your machine, allowing you to run Emacs remotely.
* EXE files included
Emacs comes with the following executable files in the bin directory.
+ emacs.exe - The main Emacs executable. As this is designed to run
as both a text-mode application (emacs -nw) and as a GUI application,
it will pop up a command prompt window if run directly from Explorer.
+ runemacs.exe - A wrapper for running Emacs as a GUI application
without popping up a command prompt window. If you create a
desktop shortcut for invoking Emacs, make it point to this
executable, not to emacs.exe.
+ emacsclient.exe - A command-line client program that can
communicate with a running Emacs process. See the `Emacs Server'
node of the Emacs manual.
+ emacsclientw.exe - A version of emacsclient that does not open
a command-line window.
+ addpm.exe - The installer that adds Emacs to "Start".
+ ctags.exe, etags.exe - Tools for generating tag files. See the
`Tags' node of the Emacs manual.
+ ebrowse.exe - A tool for generating C++ browse information. See the
Several helper programs are in a version-specific subdirectory of
the libexec directory:
+ cmdproxy.exe - Used internally by Emacs to work around problems with
the native shells in various versions of Windows.
+ ddeclient.exe - A tool for interacting with DDE servers. To be
invoked as "ddeclient SERVER [TOPIC]", where SERVER is the DDE
server name, and sends each line of its standard input to the DDE
server using the DdeClientTransaction API. This program is
supposed to be invoked via the 'call-process-region' Emacs
+ hexl.exe - A tool for producing hex dumps of binary files. See the
`Editing Binary Files' node of the Emacs manual.
+ movemail.exe - A helper application for safely moving mail from
a mail spool or POP server to a local user mailbox. See the
`Movemail' node of the Emacs manual.
+ profile.exe - A helper program that generates periodic events for
profiling Emacs Lisp code.
+ update-game-score.exe - A utility for updating the score files of
* Optional Dependencies
Emacs has built in support for XBM and PPM/PGM/PBM images, and the
libXpm library is bundled, providing XPM support (required for color
toolbar icons and splash screen). Source for libXpm should be
available from the same place from which you got this binary
In addition, as described, there is a separate dependency bundle
providing support for many images formats, TLS, XML parsing and
* Installing with an existing MSYS2 installation.
You may also use Emacs with an existing MSYS2 installation by simply
unpacking the Emacs distribution over MSYS2. You can then use the
'pacman' utility to install dependencies. You should not use the
optional dependencies bundle, as this will overwrite MSYS2 files
(the dependency bundle derives from MSYS2, but may be a different
To install the optional libraries, start the MSYS2 Bash window and
type the following command:
pacman -S PACKAGES
where PACKAGES is the list of packages you want to install. The
full list is as follows:
You can type any subset of this list. Once again, when asked
whether to proceed with installation, answer Y.
* Uninstalling Emacs
If you should need to uninstall Emacs, simply delete all the files
and subdirectories from the directory where it was unpacked (Emacs
does not install or update any files in system directories or
If you ran the addpm.exe program to create the Start menu icon, this
can be removed by right-clicking and "Uninstall".
Finally, addpm.exe also creates a few registry entries; these can be
safely left, but if you really wish to remove them, all of the
settings are written under the Software\GNU\Emacs key in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, or if you didn't have administrator privileges
when you installed, the same key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Just delete
the whole Software\GNU\Emacs key.
Some virus scanners interfere with Emacs' use of subprocesses. If you
are unable to use subprocesses and you use Dr. Solomon's WinGuard or
McAfee's Vshield, turn off "Scan all files" (WinGuard) or "boot sector
scanning" (McAfee exclusion properties).
* Further information
The Emacs User manual describes Windows-specific issues in the
appendix named "Emacs and Microsoft Windows/MS-DOS". You can read
it in Emacs by typing
C-h r g Microsoft Windows RET
This appendix is also available (as part of the entire manual) at
In addition to the manual, there is a mailing list for help with
To ask questions on the mailing list, send email to
And a more specific one for issues related to the Windows port of
Emacs. For information about the list, see this Web page:
To ask questions on the mailing list, send email to
* Reporting bugs
If you encounter a bug in this port of Emacs, we would like to hear
about it. First check the FAQ on the web page above to see if the bug
is already known and if there are any workarounds. Then check whether
the bug has something to do with code in your .emacs file, e.g. by
invoking Emacs with the "-Q" option.
If you decide that it is a bug in Emacs, use the built in bug
reporting facility to report it (from the menu; Help -> Send Bug Report).
If you have not yet configured Emacs for mail, then when you press
C-c C-c to send the report, it will ask you to paste the text of the
report into your mail client. If the bug is related to subprocesses,
also specify which shell you are using (e.g., include the values of
`shell-file-name' and `explicit-shell-file-name' in your message).
This file is part of GNU Emacs.
GNU Emacs is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
GNU Emacs is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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