Installing Emacs on GNU/Linux

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Check if your distribution already provides an Emacs version of interest to you.

If you are interested in daily builds or latest binaries, try installing GNU Guix, building from source or try one of the following unofficial repositories for your distribution.

Debian (bullseye)

Debian bullseye is the current stable release as of 2021-10-10.

Emacs 27.1

$ sudo apt install emacs


Emacs 23

$ sudo apt-get install emacs

Emacs 24

The following PPA is no longer maintained and currently features Emacs 24.3.

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cassou/emacs

$ sudo apt-get install emacs24 emacs24-el emacs24-common-non-dfsg

Emacs 25

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:adrozdoff/emacs
sudo apt update
sudo apt install emacs25

Emacs Daily

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-elisp/ppa

$ sudo apt-get install emacs-snapshot emacs-snapshot-el


See Emacs on Gentoo page.

Arch Linux

Emacs 24

$ sudo pacman -S emacs


Compile and Install bleeding edge using AUR:

$ yaourt -S emacs-git


Compile and Install using emacs.SlackBuild (unofficial).


Emacs 23

Available up to Fedora 16

$ sudo yum install emacs

Emacs 24

Available from Fedora 17+

$ sudo yum install emacs


Emacs 23

Available in 12.1 and 12.2. Before that? not sure.

$ sudo zypper install emacs

Emacs 24

Not available till 12.2, but available from Factory repo. Add factory repo and then,

$ sudo zypper install emacs


No pre-built packages.