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qemacs 0.3.3

Small but powerful text editor

QEmacs (for Quick Emacs) is a very small but powerful editor. It has features that even big editors lack:

  • Full screen editor with an Emacs look and feel with all Emacs common features: multi-buffer, multi-window, command mode, universal argument, keyboard macros, config file with C-like syntax, minibuffer with completion and history.

  • Can edit files of hundreds of Megabytes without being slow by using a highly optimized internal representation and by mmaping the file.

  • Full Unicode support, including multi charset handling (8859-x, UTF8, SJIS, EUC-JP, ...) and bidirectional editing respecting the Unicode bidi algorithm. Arabic and Indic scripts handling (in progress).

  • WYSIWYG HTML/XML/CSS2 mode graphical editing. Also supports Lynx like rendering on VT100 terminals.

  • WYSIWYG DocBook mode based on XML/CSS2 renderer.

  • C mode: coloring with immediate update. Emacs like auto-indent.

  • Shell mode: colorized VT100 emulation so that your shell work exactly as you expect. Compile mode with next/prev error.

  • Input methods for most languages, including Chinese (input methods come from the Yudit editor).

  • Hexadecimal editing mode with insertion and block commands. Unicode hexa editing is also supported.

  • Works on any VT100 terminals without termcap. UTF8 VT100 support included with double width glyphs.

  • X11 support. Support multiple proportional fonts at the same time (as XEmacs). X Input methods supported. Xft extension supported for anti aliased font display.

  • Small! Full version (including HTML/XML/CSS2/DocBook rendering and all charsets): 200KB big. Basic version (without bidir/unicode scripts/input/X11/C/Shell/HTML/Dired): 49KB.


Install qemacs 0.3.3 as follows:

guix install qemacs@0.3.3

Or install the latest version:

guix install qemacs

You can also install packages in augmented, pure or containerized environments for development or simply to try them out without polluting your user profile. See the guix shell documentation for more information.