Download Emacs for Windows/Mac/Linux/Android

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Windows

Download at http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/emacs/windows/

This is the official GNU Emacs, build for Windows by Free Software Foundation.

You'll see file names like these:

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gnu emacs windows download page, 2020-11-13

To find if your Microsoft Windows is 32 or 64, press ❖ Window key, type “about” in the search box. It'll bring up “About” window. Look for the line “system type”.

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Windows 10 about 2021-01-10

After download, right click on the zip file, select “extract all” to unzip it.

Then open the extracted folder, open the folder named “bin”, click the “runemacs” to start emacs.

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Windows runemacs 2021-01-10

To uninstall, just delete the folder.

[see Emacs in Microsoft Windows FAQ]

Mac

In terminal, type:

which emacs
check if emacs is installed and in your path.
emacs --version
print version.
emacs
launch emacs. (to quit, press Ctrl+x Ctrl+c)

Download Latest Emacs for MacOS

you can double click the icon to launch emacs.

or, launch emacs in terminal, like this:

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macOS terminal launch emacs 2020-11-13

If Mac complain it's not signed app, goto system preference, open the security and privacy, click allow to run.

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mac security and privacy 2021-12-18
macOS emacs allow access 2021-12-28
macOS emacs allow access 2021-12-28

Linux

Build Emacs from Source Code

Download Emacs Binary from apt-get

In terminal, type:

which emacs
check if emacs is installed and in your path.
emacs --version
print version.
emacs
launch emacs. (to quit, press Ctrl+x Ctrl+c)

On Ubuntu, to check available emacs package version for install,

# search for emacs binary
apt-cache search emacs | grep emacs

Typically you install by

sudo apt-get install emacs27

, where the emacs27 may be other version.

Android Operating System

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emacs on android, termux [image by Infu 2022-01-08] 1080×2264

Download termux https://termux.com/ from f-droid at https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.termux/

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