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Precompiled Distributions of
Emacs for Windows
Version 21.3
Version 22.1
April 22, 2003
May 22, 2007
This directory contains source and precompiled distributions for GNU
Emacs on Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 95/98/Me. This port is a part
of the standard GNU Emacs distribution from the Free Software
Emacs on Windows NT/2000/XP and Windows 95/98/Me. This port is a
part of the standard GNU Emacs distribution from the Free Software
Foundation; the precompiled distributions are provided here for
convenience since, unlike Unix, the majority of Windows users do not
have access to a compiler (and, besides, do you really want to compile
Emacs when you don't have to?).
convenience since the majority of Windows users are not accustomed
to compiling programs themselves.
If you have access to the World Wide Web, I would recommend pointing
your favorite web browser to the following document (if you haven't
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If you want to redistribute any of the precompiled distributions of
Emacs, be careful to check the implications of the GPL. For instance,
if you put the emacs-21.3-bin-i386.tar.gz file from this directory on
if you put the emacs-22.1-bin-i386.tar.gz file from this directory on
an Internet site, you must arrange to distribute the source files of
the SAME version (i.e. emacs-21.3-src.tar.gz).
the SAME version (i.e. ../emacs-22.1.tar.gz).
Making a link to our copy of the source is NOT sufficient, since we
might upgrade to a new version while you are still distributing the
old binaries.
* Distributions in .tar.gz format
* Distributions in .tar.gz and .zip format
Emacs is distributed primarily as a set of large gzipped tar files
Emacs is distributed primarily as source code in a large gzipped tar file
(*.tar.gz). Because Emacs is quite large and therefore difficult to
download over unreliable connections, it is provided in several
combinations, ranging from the complete source plus executables, to
just the minimal amount needed to run without any source, plus a
couple of optional packages. Here are the combinations (i386 in the
name indicates a tarball contains executables compiled for
Intel-compatible x86 systems):
download over unreliable connections, the Windows binaries are provided
in several combinations, ranging from the complete source plus executables,
to just the minimal amount needed to run without any source, plus a
couple of optional packages. Formerly, we used the same .tar.gz format
but since there are no longer legal problems with .zip files, and the
latest versions of Windows support these natively, the Windows binaries
of Emacs are now distributed as .zip files.
Here are the combinations (i386 in the name indicates a zipfile contains
executables compiled for Intel-compatible x86 systems):
+ Primary precompiled distribution, including lisp source:
emacs-21.3-fullbin-i386.tar.gz
+ Minimal precompiled distribution, which excludes lisp source:
emacs-21.3-bin-i386.tar.gz
You can download emacs-21.3-lisp.tar.gz to get the lisp source, if
you later decide you want it - it is useful for understanding how
packages work, and how they can best be setup or customized.
emacs-22.1-bin-i386.zip
NB. If you just want to run Emacs, get one of the distributions above.
+ Bare executables, useful if you want to get the complete source
release, but can't compile Emacs yourself:
+ Bare executables, only useful if you want to get the complete source
release below, but can't compile Emacs yourself:
emacs-21.3-barebin-i386.tar.gz (requires emacs-21.3-src.tar.gz)
+ Undumped executable, only needed for rebuilding Emacs after changing
certain core lisp files:
emacs-21.3-undumped-i386.tar.gz
+ Optional package providing the Library of Emacs Input Methods for
typing non-ascii characters, notably Chinese, Japanese and Korean,
but also including European and other character sets:
emacs-21.3-leim.tar.gz
emacs-22.1-barebin-i386.zip (requires ../emacs-22.1.tar.gz)
+ The complete official source for Emacs:
emacs-21.3-src.tar.gz
+ The complete official source for LEIM:
leim-21.3-src.tar.gz
../emacs-22.1.tar.gz
* Distributions for non-x86 platforms
Distributions for non-x86 platforms are no longer supplied. Older
platforms supported by Windows NT no longer seem to be in demand,
and Emacs is yet to be ported to 64bit Windows platforms. If you are
willing to help port Emacs to 64bit versions of Windows, your
willing to help port Emacs 23 to 64bit versions of Windows, your
contribution will be welcome on the emacs-devel mailing list.
* Unpacking distributions
Ports of GNU gzip and GNU tar for handling the distribution file
formats can be found in several places that distribute ports of GNU
Ports of GNU gzip and GNU tar for handling the source distribution file
format can be found in several places that distribute ports of GNU
programs, for example:
Cygwin: http://www.cygwin.com/
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You may be prompted to rename or overwrite directories when using
djtarnt: simply type return to continue (this is harmless).
The precompiled binaries can be unpacked using unzip.exe from info-zip.org
if you do not already have other tools to do this.
% unzip some.zip
Once you have unpacked a precompiled distribution of Emacs, it should
have the following subdirectories:
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If you do use other utility programs to unpack the distribution, check
the following to be sure the distribution was not corrupted:
+ Be sure to disable the CR/LF translation or the executables will be
unusable. Older versions of WinZip would enable this translation
by default. If you are using WinZip, disable it. (I don't have
WinZip myself, and I do not know the specific commands necessary
to disable it.)
+ Be sure to disable the CR/LF translation or the executables will
be unusable. Older versions of WinZip would enable this
translation by default when unpacking .tar files. If you are
using WinZip, disable it. (I don't have WinZip myself, and I do
not know the specific commands necessary to disable it.)
+ Check that filenames were not truncated to 8.3. For example, there
should be a file lisp/abbrevlist.el; if this has been truncated to
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