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What is Emacs?

 "Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. "

For a more detailed description, see the GNU pages at http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/emacs.html.

Which versions of Windows are supported?

This port is known to run on all versions of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

The Windows port is built using the Windows Win32 API and supports most of the features of the Unix version, there are some omissions at this time, which will be available in the future, these are:

MSDOS and Windows 3.11

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@is.elta.co.il> maintains the port of GNU Emacs for MSDOS and MS Windows. You can download precompiled versions with the latest DJGPP archives:

Eli strongly recommends that you start with the emacs.README file: it contains crucial info about what's in the other 10 zip files and how to install them and get started with Emacs on MSDOS/MS-Windows platforms.

More from Eli:

It might be of interest to Windows users that this version of Emacs supports long filenames (Windows 9x only - not Windows NT, or Windows 2000) and the Windows clipboard (all versions of MS-Windows). It also supports multiple frames, but they all overlap, like when Emacs runs on a ``glass teletype'' terminal.

People who would like to run Emacs on plain DOS (as opposed to Windows) will need to download and install a DPMI host at this URL:



Hisashi Miyashita <himi@bird.scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp> maintains MULE, multilingual Emacs, and its descendant; Meadow. You can get distributions of MULE at ftp://ftp.tokyonet.AD.JP/pub/windows/win32/mule-win32. With the multilingual support now merged into NTEmacs in 20.4, it is no longer necessary to use a special version of Emacs for other languages, but MULE users may find upgrading to Meadow easier than to NTEmacs because of slight differences in the way they handle fonts. Meadow also has a couple of features that are still missing from NTEmacs, such as support for native IMEs and the special keys on Japanese keyboards.


 There is a version of Emacs which has been compiled using the Free compiler, DJGPP, (a version of GCC), available at http://www.delorie.com.


There are a couple of XEmacs for Windows NT/9X porting projects. See the XEmacs FAQ entry for more info, as well as Hrvoje Niksic's XEmacs on Windows FAQ.


Occasionally I get requests for information about ports of Emacs to the Mac. Here are the ones that I know about:

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