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Building Emacs

You can build Emacs from source on every distribution out there
Use this option only if the distribution doesn't already provide an Emacs version of interest to you.

That said, few distributions include in their primary repositories builds of Emacs 24. Luckily there are some unofficial repos that come to the rescue.


See emacs-snapshot APT repo. The page contains installation instructions.
High quality, highly recommended builds! After adding the repo install with the following command
: $ sudo apt-get install emacs-snapshot


: $ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cassou/emacs
: $ sudo apt-get install emacs-snapshot


See Emacs on Gentoo page.

Arch Linux

See emacs-bzr package from AUR


Compile and Install using emacs.SlackBuild (unofficial).

Fedora, SuSE, Mandriva

No pre-built packages