Download Emacs for Windows, Mac, Linux

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a guide on which emacs to download for {Windows, Mac, Linux}.


This is the official GNU Emacs, build for Windows by Free Software Foundation.


Download the one named like this: “”.

After download, right click to unzip it, and use right there. No installation step needed.

Click the bin\runemacs.exe to launch emacs.

To uninstall, just delete the folder.

〔➤see Emacs and Microsoft Windows Tips


GNU Emacs for Mac

Download: This is plain GNU Emacs, built by David Caldwell.

Aquamacs Emacs

Aquamacs Emacs is a emacs with complete Mac user interface, by David Reitter.


Homebrew, Macports

or, get it from one of the package managers. (which may not be updated as frequently)


On Ubuntu, typically you install by sudo apt-get install emacs24, where the emacs24 may be other version.

To find out what's the package name, do:

# search for emacs binary
apt-cache search emacs | grep emacs

On linux, often you build it yourself. It's not difficult.

Get source code at

To build it, see:

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