Emacs: Dired Plus Mode = dired with Extra Features

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Emacs has a file management mode called dired. 〔►see dired tutorial〕 “Dired Plus” mode by Drew Adams, adds many more features to dired.

emacs diredplus mode
“Dired Plus” mode.

Nice Dired Plus Features

Here's some of its features i found very useful.


You can install it using emacs 24's package system. Dired Plus is in the MELPA package repository. Alt+x list-packages to install. 〔►see Emacs: How to Install Packages Using ELPA, MELPA

Dired Plus home page is at: http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/DiredPlus


I didn't like some of the default color. You can change it by Alt+x customize-group then “Dired-Plus”. For the color values, you can enter it using this syntax #7b68ee. To see a list of colors and their hex values, Alt+x list-colors-display.

See also: Emacs Advanced dired Tips.

Thanks to Jon Snader for the tip on marking files by extension.

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