Emacs: How to Build Emacs from git Repository

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This page shows you how to compile emacs from developer version of source code on git repository. I assume you are using Ubuntu Linux.

Building Emacs from Git

If you have not build emacs on Linux before, you need to first install built tools and dependent libraries that emacs use. See: How to Build Emacs on Linux. Basically, just run the following first:

# install essential build tools
sudo apt-get install build-essential

# get all dependencies of a previous emacs version
sudo apt-get build-dep emacs23

Now clone emacs from its github mirror https://github.com/mirrors/emacs

(if you've never used git before, just do: git clone https://github.com/mirrors/emacs.git. It'll create a dir named emacs in the current dir. 〔➤ git Tutorial〕)

cd to the dir. In the dir, there's a file named INSTALL.REPO that tells you how to build from repository. But, basically, you just run:

make bootstrap

The whole process will take about 20 minutes.

When done, the emacs binary will be at dir emacs/src/. You can cd to it and launch by ./emacs

You can prepend the path to your shell, so next time you just type setsid emacs to launch. Put the following line:

# prepend emacs path to environment variable PATH
# make sure the dir is correct

at bottom of your ~/.bashrc.

That's all!

After a few months, you can git pull the emacs git repository to get update, then compile again.

Eww Web Browser in Emacs 24.4

See: Emacs: Using Eww Web Browser

Emacs 24.4 Features

For tutorials on emacs 24.4 features, see: New Features in Emacs 24.4.

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