Elisp: Check If a {function, variable, feature} is Defined/Loaded

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page shows you how to check if a {function, variable} is defined, or if a “feature” is loaded, and find out what Operating System your emacs is running on.

Check Function

Check if a function is defined.

;; check if a function is defined
(fboundp 'info)                         ; t
(fboundp 'setq)                         ; t

(fboundp 'xyz)                          ; nil

Check Variable

Check if a variable is defined.

;; check if a variable is defined
(boundp 'auto-mode-alist)               ; t
(boundp 'default-input-method)          ; t
(boundp 'nil)                           ; t

(boundp 'xyz)                           ; nil

The fboundp actually check a symbol's function cell. Similarly, the boundp checks a symbol's value cell. [see Emacs Lisp Symbol]

Check Feature

Check if a “feature” is loaded.

;; check if a “feature” (package) has been loaded
(featurep 'ibuffer)

[see Elisp: require, load, load-file, autoload, feature]

See also: Elisp: Find/Determine OS and Emacs Version.

Emacs Lisp Symbol Topic

  1. Lisp Symbol
  2. Lisp Special Form
  3. What's Function
  4. Is X Defined?

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  1. Emacs init file
  2. Install Packages
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  4. Define Keys
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  6. What's Major Mode?
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  14. Font Setup
  15. Set Color Theme
  16. Turn Off Auto Backup; Set Backups into a Directory; How to Delete Backup Files
  17. Elisp: Determine OS, Emacs Version, Machine Host Name
  18. Elisp: Check If a {function, variable, feature} is Defined/Loaded
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