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An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor — and more.

At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

The features of GNU Emacs 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.
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Emacs 26.1 − latest release

Released May 28, 2018

Emacs 26.1 has a wide variety of new features, including:

  • Limited form of concurrency with Lisp threads
  • Support for optional display of line numbers in the buffer
  • Emacs now uses double buffering to reduce flicker on the X Window System
  • Flymake has been completely redesigned
  • TRAMP has a new connection method for Google Drive
  • New single-line horizontal scrolling mode
  • A systemd user unit file is provided
  • Support for 24-bit colors on capable text terminals

Emacs 25.3

Released September 11, 2017

Emacs 25.3 fixes a significant security hole.

Emacs 25.2

Released April 21, 2017

Emacs 25.2 is mostly a bug-fix release.
For more information, read the News file.

Emacs 25.1

Released September 17, 2016

See also dates of older releases.

Emacs 25.1 has a wide variety of new features, including:

  • Emacs can now load shared/dynamic libraries (modules). A dynamic Emacs module is a shared library that provides additional functionality for use in Emacs Lisp programs, just like a package written in Emacs Lisp would.
  • Experimental support for Cairo drawing.
  • Enhanced network security (TLS/SSL certificate validity and the like) via the new Network Security Manager (NSM).
  • New minor mode 'electric-quote-mode' for using curved quotes as you type.
  • Character folding support in isearch.el.
  • New and improved facilities for inserting Unicode characters: C-x 8 now has shorthands for several chars, such as U+2010 (HYPHEN), U+2011 (NON-BREAKING HYPHEN), and U+2012 (FIGURE DASH).
  • For more information, read the News file.

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