A community driven list of useful Emacs packages, libraries and others.

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Awesome Emacs


A community driven list of useful Emacs packages, libraries and others.

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Table of Contents

Interface Enhancement

  • IDO - [built-in] Interactively do things with buffers and files.
  • Helm - A powerful completion and selection narrowing framework. ( External Guides 1 )
  • Icicles - An Emacs library that enhances minibuffer completion.
  • smex - A smart M-x enhancement for Emacs.
  • tabbar - Display a tab bar in the header line.
  • winner - [built-in] “Undo”(and “redo”) changes in the window configuration with the key commands.
  • Evil - An e xtensible vi l ayer: manipulate Emacs with Vi key binding.
  • Hydra - Make bindings that stick around.
  • sublimity - smooth-scrolling, minimap inspired by the sublime editor.
  • ElScreen - Utility for multiple screens.
  • god-mode - Global minor mode for entering Emacs commands without modifier keys.
  • ergoemacs-mode - Global minor mode to use both common interface keys and ergonomic keys for emacs.
  • workgroups2 - Session manager, saves all your opened buffers, their location and sizes on disk to restore later
  • modalka - Introduce native modal editing of your own design
  • ace-popup-menu - Replace GUI popup menu with something more efficient

File Manager

  • Dired - [built-in] Dir ectory Ed itor. A customizable great file manager.
    • Dired+ - Functional & interface extensions for Dired.
    • dired-hacks - Collection of useful dired additions.
  • NeoTree - A emacs tree plugin like NERD tree for Vim.
  • Sr Speedbar - Same frame speedbar.
  • Direx - directory tree explorer
  • ztree - Directory tree comparison mode


  • windmove - [built-in] Tired with C-x o? Now you can use shift+arrows to jump between windows.
  • Ace jump - A quick cursor jump mode.
  • Avy - Jump to visible text using a char-based decision tree.
  • goto-last-change - Move point through buffer-undo-list positions.
  • Helm-swoop - Efficiently jump between matched string/lines.
  • anzu - displays current match and total matches.
  • imenu - [built-in] Menus for accessing locations in documents.
  • imenu-anywhere - IDO/Helm imenu tag selection across all buffers with the same mode.
  • Minimap - A SublimeText-style minimap sidebar.
  • switch-window - A visual replacement for C-x o.
  • ace-window - A visual replacement for C-x o using Ace jump.
  • ace-link - Follow links in org-mode, help-mode, and Info-mode using Ace jump.
  • back-button - Visual navigation through mark rings.
  • bm - Visual Bookmarks, provides an easy way to navigate in a buffer
  • buffer-move - Move or swap buffer to other window.
  • emacs-pophint - Provide navigation like the Vimperator/KeySnail Hint Mode of Firefox
  • vertigo.el - Jump lines using the home row

Project management

  • Projectile - Project Interaction Library for Emacs.
  • Prodigy - Manage external services from within Emacs.
  • Fiplr - An Emacs Fuzzy Find in Project Package.
  • Project-Explorer - a tree project explorer (integrates with projectile)
  • Find-file-in-project - Quick access to project files in Emacs.


  • CEDET - [built-in] an advanced development environment in Emacs.
  • Xrefactory - A refactoring browser for Emacs.
  • YASnippets - Template system.
  • tiny - Templates based on linear range transformations.
  • Helm-dash - Browse Dash docsets via Helm interface.
  • evil-nerd-commenter - Comment/uncomment lines efficiently. Like Nerd Commenter in Vim. This program can be used independently without evil-mode.
  • SmartParens - Deals with parens pairs and tries to be smart about it.
  • Aggressive-indent - Keeps your code always indented automatically.
  • indent-guide - Show vertical lines to guide indentation
  • Doxymacs - Doxymacs is Doxygen + {X}Emacs.
  • whitespace-cleanup-mode - Intelligently call whitespace-cleanup on save.


  • Auto-Completion - An intelligent auto-completion extension with great interface.
  • Company - A text completion framework.
  • flx - Fuzzy matching for Emacs like Sublime Text.
  • abbrev - [built-in] Abbreviation expander

Code Folding

  • vimish-fold - Vim-like text folding
  • hideshow - [built-in] Folding regions by balanced-expression code.
    • hideshowvis - Based on hideshow, just display its nodes on fringe.

Error Checking

  • FlyMake - [built-in] on-the-fly syntax checks on files using external tools.
  • Flycheck - Modern on-the-fly syntax checking meant to be a replacement to FlyMake

Programming Language


  • CC Mode - [built-in] An Emacs and XEmacs mode for editing C and other languages with similar syntax.
  • rtags - A C/C++ client/server indexer with for integration with emacs based on clang.
  • ggtags - Emacs frontend to GNU Global source code tagging system.
  • irony-mode - A C/C++ minor mode for Emacs powered by libclang.
  • cmake-font-lock - Enhanced font-lock rules for CMake.
  • function-args - visual CEDET enhancements for C++.
  • Ebrowse - [built-in] A C++ class browser.


  • Jedi - A Python auto-completion package.
  • Elpy - An Emacs Python development environment.
  • anaconda-mode - Code navigation, documentation lookup and completion for Python.
  • virtualenvwrapper.el - Manage virtualenv from inside Emacs.


  • rvm Ruby versions manager within Emacs.
  • bundler Interact with gem Bundler from Emacs.
  • inf-ruby REPL buffer connected to a Ruby subprocess.
  • enhanced-ruby-mode Enhanced Ruby Mode replaces the emacs ruby mode that comes with ruby. It uses the Ripper class found in ruby 1.9.2 (and later) to parse and indent the source code.
  • yari Yet Another RI interface for Emacs.
  • robe Code navigation, documentation lookup and completion for Ruby.
  • rubocop A Ruby static code analyzer, based on the community Ruby style guide.
  • motion-mode A package to provide emacs’ major mode for RubyMotion enviroment.
  • rspec-mode An RSpec minor mode for Emacs.
  • feature-mode Emacs mode for editing Cucumber plain text stories.
  • rinari - Rinari Is Not A Rails IDE (it is an Emacs minor mode for Rails).

Lisp Family

  • Paredit - Minor mode for editing parentheses. Strict parenthesis auto-pairing and easy depth adjustment. Compatible with Lisp/Scheme/Clojure.
  • lispy - Minor mode for editing parenthesis, evaluating and refactoring LISP code with extremely short key bindings. Compatible with Lisp/Scheme/Clojure.

Common Lisp

  • SLIME - A fully-functional IDE for Common Lisp development, with debugger, REPL.
    • SLY - A fork of SLIME.
  • common-lisp-snippets - Yasnippets for Common Lisp


  • Quack - Enhanced Emacs Support for Editing and Running Scheme Code.
  • Geiser - Intergrated development with Guile and Racket.
  • racket-mode - major modes for Racket: Edit and REPL.


Web Development

  • web-mode - major mode for editing various html templates (PHP, JSP, ASP, ERB…etc).
  • emmet - Emmet support for Emacs.
  • skewer-mode - live interact with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML in a web-browser.
  • impatient-mode - See your changes in the browser as you type.
  • restclient.el - HTTP REST client tool for emacs
  • elnode - An evented IO webserver in Emacs Lisp.


  • js2-mode - Improved JavaScript editing mode.
  • js-comint.el - Run an inferior javascript REPL process in Emacs.
  • tern - Emacs flavor of the popular JavaScript analysis engine
  • json-mode - Major mode for editing JSON files.
  • coffee-mode - An Emacs major mode for CoffeeScript and IcedCoffeeScript.
  • Tide - TypeScript Interactive Development Environment for Emacs.


  • php-mode - Major mode for PHP programming.


  • emacs-eclim - An Eclipse plugin which exposes Eclipse features through a server interface.
  • malabar-mode - A better Java mode for Emacs.
  • JDEE - The JDEE is an add-on software package that turns Emacs into a comprehensive system for creating, editing, debugging, and documenting Java applications.


  • groovy-emacs-modes - A collection of modes for use with Groovy-related technology – Groovy, Grails, etc.
  • grails.el - A minor mode for Grails projects.


  • Gomode - Go mode rewrite for Emacs. Provides Go toolchain integration
  • Goflymake - Go syntax checker. Wrapper around Emacs flymake for Go
  • Gocode - An autocompletion daemon for the Go programming language
  • Goerrcheck - go-errcheck provides an easy way to invoke errcheck from within Emacs.
  • Go-playground - Local playground for Go code snippets.
  • GoRepl - A minor emacs mode for Go REPL.


  • lua-mode - A major mode for editing Lua sources in Emacs.


  • SML mode - a major Emacs mode for editing Standard ML source code.


  • tuareg - a Caml mode for Emacs.
  • TypeRex - a set of tools for developing in OCaml.
  • Merlin - an assistant for editing OCaml code.


  • erlang - The official Erlang mode for Emacs.
  • distel - Distel is a library for Emacs<->Erlang communication, plus a suite of tools built on top of it, such as a debugger front-end.
  • EDTS - EDTS is meant to be a able to replace Distel but only provides part of the most commonly used of Distel’s features.
  • Wrangler - Wrangler is a mode that supports interactive refactoring of Erlang programs



  • haskell-mode - Major mode for Haskell.
  • structured-haskell-mode - Minor mode for structured editing of Haskell.
  • HaRe - Haskell refactoring tool with emacs integration.
  • ghc-mod - Backend to provide e.g. type information with an emacs frontend.

External Guides:


  • scala-mode2 - scala major mode for emacs 24. Based on the Scala Language Specification 2.9
  • Ensime - ENhanced Scala Interaction Mode for Emacs
  • sbt-mode - An emacs mode for interacting with scala sbt and projects


  • swift-mode - Emacs support for Apple’s Swift programming language
  • company-sourcekit - Completion for Swift projects via SourceKit with the help of SourceKitten




  • nim-mode - An Emacs major mode for editing Nim code.


  • stan-mode - An Emacs major mode for editing Stan code.


  • elm-mode - An Emacs major mode for editing Elm code.



  • undo-tree - Visualize the whole undo history in buffer as a tree, and you can access anywhere in it.
  • highlight-symbol - Auto/manually highlight the same symbols in code, navigate in them, or replace string.
  • rainbow-delimiters - Highlights parentheses, brackets, and braces according to their depth.
  • rainbow-mode - Display color on color-code string (hex/rgb) directly.
  • visual-regexp - Replace via RegExp, with real-time visual feedback directly in the buffer.
  • visual-regexp-steroids - The same as visual-regexp, but use modern regular expressions instead of Emacs-style.
  • whitespace - [built-in] Visualize blanks (tab/space/newline).
  • linum-relative - display relative line number in the left margin in emacs.

Keys Cheat Sheet

  • discover.el - Discover more of emacs with well-categorized context menus.
  • discover-my-major - Discover key bindings and their meaning for the current Emacs major mode
  • guide-key - Displays the available key bindings automatically and dynamically.
  • guide-key-tip - Tooltip version of guide-key.
  • which-key - Display available key bindings in popup. Rewrite of guide-key with added features to improve display.
  • cheatsheet - Create your own customized cheatsheet.


  • Multiple cursors - Mark, edit multiple lines at once.
  • pangu-spacing - Minor-mode to automatically add space between CJK and Latin characters.
  • hungry-delete - Delete an entire block of whitespace at point.
  • Drag Stuff - Drag Stuff is a minor mode for Emacs that makes it possible to drag stuff (words, region, lines) around in Emacs.
  • expand-region.el - Increase selected region by semantic units.
  • multifiles.el - View and edit parts of multiple files in one buffer.
  • lentic - Create views of the same content in two Emacs buffers.
  • fix-word - Transform words in Emacs (upcase, downcase, capitalize)
  • zzz-to-char - Fancy replacement for `zap-to-char`



  • Org - [built-in] Write notes, GTD, authoring, publish and wash dishes.
    • org-ioslide - Export Org document into Google I/O HTML5 slide.
    • org-bullets - Shows org-mode bullets as pretty UTF-8 characters.
  • Emacs Muse - a publishing environment for Emacs.
  • Fountain Mode - a full-featured screenwriting environment for GNU Emacs using the Fountain markup format.

Version control

  • Magit - Interacting with git.
  • github-clone.el - Fork and clone Github projects from Emacs.
  • git-rebase-mode - Major mode for editing git rebase files
  • git-timemachine - Step through historic versions of git controlled files.
  • git-gutter - Indicator the modified lines via git diff.
  • git-messenger - popup commit message at current line to know why this line was changed.
  • browse-at-remote - Open page at github/bitbucket from emacs buffers
  • git-link - Get the GitHub/Bitbucket/GitLab etc… URL for a buffer location



  • EShell - [built-in] A shell-like command interpreter implemented in Emacs Lisp.
  • Term - [built-in] A terminal emulator in Emacs.
  • exec-path-from-shell - Get environment variables such as $PATH from the shell for Mac user.
  • eshell-prompt-extras - Display extra information and color for your eshell prompt.
  • multi-term - Managing multiple terminal buffers in Emacs.
  • shell-pop - Quickly toggle a shell with one key action.

Operating System

  • Symon - tiny graphical system monitor.


  • wgrep - Writable grep/ack/ag/pt buffer and apply the changes to files.


  • full-ack - An Emacs front-end for ack.
  • helm-ack - Use Ack with Helm interface.
  • ack-el - Emacs Interface to Ack-like Tools.


  • ag.el - An Emacs frontend to Ag (“the silver searcher” ack replacment)
  • helm-ag - Ag with helm interface





  • Markdown-mode - markdown-mode is a major mode for editing Markdown-formatted text files in GNU Emacs.
  • markdown-mode+ - Additional functions for Emacs [markdown-mode].
  • markdown-toc - Generate TOC for markdown files.


  • AUCTeX - an extensible package for writing and formatting TeX files.
  • latex-preview-pane is a minor mode for Emacs that enables you to preview your LaTeX files directly in Emacs.


  • PDF Tools - major mode for rendering PDF files, much better than DocView, and has much richer set of features



  • EWW - [built-in] EWW, the Emacs Web Wowser, is a web browser for Emacs.


  • Gnus - [built-in] Reading e-mail and Usenet news.
  • Messages - [built-in] Composing and sending e-mail inside Emacs.
  • mu4e - An e-mail client for Emacs
  • notmuch - A mail indexer which can serve as a complete client with its emacs integration
  • Wanderlust - A powerful email and Usenet client for Emacs (IMAP4rev1, NNTP, POP(POP3/APOP), MH/Maildir)
  • mew - A very easy to use e-mail reader and client for Emacs.


  • ERC - [built-in] A powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client.
  • Riece - An IRC client for Emacs.
  • Rcirc - [built-in] Next generation IRC client.
  • Circe - A Client for IRC in Emacs.

Social Network

Web Feed

  • Elfeed - RSS/Atom Reader for Emacs.
  • Newsticker - [built-in] RSS/Atom Reader for Emacs.

Package Management

Package Manager

  • package.el - [built-in] Install and manage Emacs packages easily.
    • paradox - Modernizing Emacs’ Package Menu with package ratings, usage statistics, customizability & more.
  • el-get - apt-get style Emacs packages manager.
  • cask - Manage dependencies for your local Emacs configuration and automate the package development cycle.
    • pallet - A package management tool for Emacs, built on Cask.
  • quelpa - Build and install your Emacs Lisp packages on-the-fly directly from source.
  • homebrew-emacs - Hombrew tap for installing Emacs packages.

Package Configuration

  • use-package - A declaration macro to isolate package configuration in a way that is performance-oriented and tidy.
    • req-package - A use-package wrapper for package runtime dependencies management.
  • ESUP - Emacs Start Up Profiler. Benchmark Emacs Startup time without ever leaving your Emacs.


  • dash.el - A modern list library.
  • seq.el - [built-in] Sequence manipulation functions.
  • cl-lib.el - [built-in] Common Lisp extensions for Emacs.
  • s.el - String manipulation library.
  • ht.el - The missing hash table library for Emacs.
  • f.el - Modern API for working with files and directories in Emacs.
  • emacs-async - Simple library for asynchronous processing in Emacs.
  • Grizzl - A small utility library to be used in other Elisp code needing fuzzy search behaviour.
  • ov.el - Overlay library for Emacs Lisp.
  • Names - A Namespace implementation for Emacs Lisp
  • emacs-deferred - Simple asynchronous functions for Emacs Lisp.
  • EIEIO - [built-in] EIEIO (“Enhanced Implementation of Emacs Interpreted Objects”) provides an Object Oriented layer for Emacs Lisp
  • popup.el - Visual Popup Interface Library for Emacs
  • gh.el - GitHub API library for Emacs



  • Zenburn - (dark) Vim’s “Zenburn theme” ported to Emacs.
  • Solarized - (light/dark) Solarized color theme.
  • Sanityinc-tomorrow - (light/dark) An Emacs version of “Tomorrow-themes”.
  • Monokai - (dark) A port of the popular TextMate theme Monokai
  • Cyberpunk-theme - (dark) [256color] Mostly a direct port of the “Cyberpunk Overtone theme”.
  • Ample-theme - (light/dark) [256color] A low-contrast theme for Emacs.
  • Moe-theme- (light/dark) [256color] A customizable colorful eye-candy theme. Moe, moe, kyun!
  • Leuven-theme - [built-in] (light) Awesome Emacs color theme for white backgrounds
  • Grandshell-theme - (dark) [256color] Theme with intensive colors.

Above list is some of the most popular/installed themes. If still unsatisfied, you also can take a look of GNU Emacs Themes Gallery for screenshots of almost all available Emacs themes.


  • Nyan-mode - Let Nyan Cat show you your buffer position in mode line.
  • Zone Mode - [built-in] A buffer obfuscator, or a screensaver.
  • swimmers.el - An emacs screensaver.
  • minesweeper.el - An implementation of minesweeper in emacs.
  • 2048-game.el - An implementation of 2048 in emacs.
  • emacs-xkcd - Read xkcd from emacs.
  • gnugo.el - The official Emacs Lisp interface to GNU Go.
  • exwm - EXWM turns Emacs into a full-featured tiling X window manager.
  • Pacmacs - Pacman-like game for Emacs.
  • speed-type - Practice speed/touch typing in Emacs
  • fsc.el - Fuck the Speeching Censorship!

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The Order of Items

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For example, Evil is obviously not a package that every Emacser needs. So please don’t move it onto top in its category.

In contrast, if you think a package is recommended for every Emacser (especially for newbie), just place it at a higher place in list.

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