Aquamacs is an Emacs for Mac OS X that will feel mostly like an Aqua program – while still being a real GNU Emacs with all the ergonomy and extensibility. Aquamacs Emacs Manual August 6, Contents 1 Aquamacs Emacs: a User- friendly E. Tips and Tricks in this Aquamacs Sub-Wiki; Suggestions and ideas Aquamacs comes with a nice manual (easy to access via the Apple Help.

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Aquamacs (Pete’s notes)

Here are some features that Aquamacs has to offer on top of all the advantages that come with Emacs:. Fonts just work, right from the menu: The Mac-standard font Lucida Grande is the default for editing text, and the mono-spaced Monaco is used to other modes. These fonts are nicely rendered with antialiasing.

Aquamacs offers a range of proportional and mono-spaced fonts to choose from. Aquamacs has a standard Mac menu with entries where you would expect them, and recently used files are available from the File menu.

The Emacs for the Mac

Aquamacs gives you all the standard Mac shortcuts like Apple-S, Apple-C, Apple-V – everything that you’re used to in addition to the fast, traditional Emacs key bindings. Aquamacs can organize squamacs files that you’re editing in tabs.


This preserves screen space but allows you to keep track of all those open files easily. Aquamacs can open a normal OS X window for each file that is opened – Emacs experts call such windows frames. Finally, Aquamacs makes use of the capabilities of windows on modern graphical user interfaces.

Clipboard operations interoperate with other Mac apps. Aquamacs spell-checks your documents with the OS X spell-checker, supporting more than a hundred languages and system-wide user dictionaries.

Aquamacs (Pete’s notes)

Aquamacs reads and writes files in all Unicode variants. Printing just works the way you expect it to – with a preview and through the normal printing infrastructure. Alternatively, you can also use just the right-hand side Command or Option keys for Meta, or many others.

You can define fonts and colors as defaults for a given editing mode. That means that you can have customized designs for different types of files you’re editing.

For example, you can easily distinguish LaTeX files on the screen by their beige background color, or use variable-width proportional fonts for text modes only, but stick to fixed width, monospaced fonts for editing code.

Aquamacs: Emacs for Mac OS X

It’s a distribution that comes with the latest goodies pre-installed so you can simply use them and get on with your life. No installation, no setup needed. Other, smaller, packages provide support for a range of programming languages and other formalisms.


Aquamacs offers a dedicated manual plus the good old Emacs manual directly via Apple Help environment – you can search both of them quickly with Spotlight and read the mnual comfortably. For example, there is a “Reveal in Finder” function, or another one to open new files in one of many popular modes. When you double-click a file written in Aquamacs, it’ll open in Aquamacs.

You get a menu with recently edited files without any configuration. Aquamacs is compatible with GNU Emacs. A community around Manuao and a larger one around Emacs!

Just write to the mailing list but check the manuals first! Aquamacs additionally activates a number of packages that are provided with the default emacs, such as cua-base, ibuffer, recentf. The GNU Emacs code-base is patched. Please see the CVS for the collection of patches manua additional source-files. Features Downloads Support Development.

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