XEmacs is a graphical- and console-based text editor which runs on almost any Unix-like operating system as well as Microsoft Windows. XEmacs is a fork, developed based on a version of GNU Emacs from the late 1980s. Any user can download, use, and modify XEmacs as free software available under the GNU General Public License version 2 or any later version.


OS Invocation Version(s)
Red Hat Linux (32-bit) % /usr/bin/xemacs & 21.4.15 (default)
Red Hat Linux (64-bit) % /util/bin/xemacs & 21.4.22 (default)
Solaris % /util/bin/xemacs & 21.4.15 (default)


  1. Xemacs is deprecated. Prefer to run emacs instead.
  2. Exit xemacs with Ctrl-x, Ctrl-c.
  3. After building xemacs, remember to install its packages. The fastest way to install them is to download xemacs-all-packages.tar.gz and install it to:

    % /util/xemacs-x.y.z/lib/xemacs

    [cwmiller@lethe xemacs]$ pwd
    [cwmiller@lethe xemacs]$ ls
    site-lisp  site-modules  xemacs-all-packages.tar  xemacs-packages


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XEmacs
  2. http://www.xemacs.org/
  3. http://ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/packages/