43 Preparing Lisp code for distribution

Emacs provides a standard way to distribute Emacs Lisp code to users. A package is a collection of one or more files, formatted and bundled in such a way that users can easily download, install, uninstall, and upgrade it.

The following sections describe how to create a package, and how to put it in a package archive for others to download. See Packages in The GNU Emacs Manual, for a description of user-level features of the packaging system.

These sections are mostly directed towards package archive maintainers—much of this information is not relevant for package authors (i.e., people who write code that will be distributed via these archives).