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MELPA (Milkypostman's ELPA or Milkypostman's Experimental Lisp Package Archive) - MELPA is a growing collection of package.el-compatible Emacs Lisp packages built automatically on our server from the upstream source code using simple recipes. (Think of it as a server-side version of el-get, or even homebrew.)

It is a version control based package repository for Emacs 24, that is, if you have your package in a version control system, just create a simple recipe for MELPA, and it will automatically fetch the package from your published VCS.

- Github page:

- Official page:


Add Melpa url to your init file, before package-initialize:

(require 'package)
(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("melpa" . "") t)
(when (< emacs-major-version 24)
  ;; For important compatibility libraries like cl-lib
  (add-to-list 'package-archives '("gnu" . "")))

Then just use M-x package-list-packages to browse and install packages from MELPA and elsewhere, or M-x package-install RET a package RET to install a given package.

Note that MELPA packages will always have higher versions than those from other archives like Marmalade, so if you decide you need non-MELPA versions of specific packages for some reason, extra configuration will be required.