What is Emacs ?

Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. This Editor is used to do a lot of things, from IRC to reading mails and news, along with "basic" editing, advanced macro, remote control, multimedia player, and so on..

This webpage is about EMMS, an Emacs "package" that you use to extend Emacs features to multimedia.

The cute EMMS logo

EMMS, The Emacs Multimedia System.

EMMS is the Emacs Multimedia System. Emms plays multimedia files from Emacs using a variety of external players.

Emms can be configured to be a minimalist player within Emacs. However, Emms also comes with a host of features which can be enabled: play streaming audio, tag music files, display album art, search for lyrics, connect to MPD, and much more.

News: EMMS 5.0 Released

Emms 5.0 was released May 1 2018. The release tarballs is available here.

News: EMMS 4.4 Released

Emms 4.4 was released November 1 2017. The release tarballs is available here.

News: EMMS 4.3 Released

Emms 4.3 was released March 1 2017. The release tarballs is available here.

News: EMMS 4.2 Released

Emms 4.2 was released Nov 8 2016. The release tarballs is available here.

News: New Emms release schedule

Emms is now on a half-year release schedule for point releases. However the VCS master is usually clean, stable and usable.

News: EMMS 4.1 Released

Emms 4.1 was released May 31 2016. The release tarballs is available here.

News: EMMS 4.0 Released

Emms 4.0 was released July 27 2014. The release tarballs is available here.

4.0 highlights

News: EMMS 3.0 Released Under the GPLv3

On 2007-06-29, the EMMS team proudly released EMMS 3.0. The tarball is available here. EMMS 3.0 includes a lot of new features, and is released under the brand new GPLv3. Big thanks to the FSF to make that license available!

Note that the development version is usually quite stable, too. See here for further instructions.


Reporting bugs

You can just report bugs at emms-help {at} gnu {dot} org (subscription required, see here). A patch along with the bug-report will probably make any bug-report very welcome.
You could also check out the current $HOME of EMMS, on the EmacsWiki: http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/wiki/EMMS.
You're very welcome to add bugreports, feature-requests and even patches or comments there.


EMMS is proudly part of the GNU Project. The first alpha was made by Jorgen Schäfer (forcer {at} forcix {dot} cx) and Ulrik Jensen (terryp {at} daimi {dot} au {dot} dk), building upon the work of the mp3player-team, and others.

Have fun, and enjoy EMMS!