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2.1 Where can I download Emacs?

Pre-compiled versions are distributed from ftp.gnu.org mirrors. Emacs binaries are distributed as zip files, digitally signed by the developer who built them. Generally most users will want the file emacs-24.3-bin-i386.zip, which contains everything you need to get started.

The latest source is available from ftp.gnu.org mirrors. It is distributed as a compressed tar file, digitally signed by the maintainer who made the release.

The development version of Emacs is available from Savannah, the GNU development site.