How to install GNU Emacs 25.1 on Ubuntu 16.04. GNU Emacs text editor for Linux Ubuntu is the most popular Emacs text editor. Emacs is one of the oldest and most versatile text editors available for Linux and UNIX-based systems. It’s been around for a long time (more than twenty years for GNU emacs) and is well known for its powerful and rich editing features. It was created by GNU Project founder Richard Stallman.
GNU Emacs 25.1
GNU Emacs text editor finally reached the 25.1 release last night. Here’s how you can install it in Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.
Emacs 25.1 release highlights:
- Emacs can now load shared/dynamic libraries (modules)
- Experimental support for Cairo drawing
- Enhanced network security (TLS/SSL certificate validity and the like)
- New minor mode ‘electric-quote-mode’ for using curved quotes as you type
- Character folding support in isearch.el
- Xwidgets: a new feature for embedding native widgets inside Emacs buffers
- New and improved facilities for inserting Unicode characters
Install GNU Emacs 25.1 in Ubuntu
Before you install GNU Emacs 25.1 on Ubuntu, install dependencies using the following command:
sudo apt install build-essential checkinstall
sudo apt-get build-dep emacs24
Once the dependencies are installed, download and install GNU Emacs 25.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and other Ubuntu Derivatives:
sudo apt-get update
sudo wget http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/emacs-25.1.tar.gz
sudo tar xzvf emacs-25.1.tar.gz
Once installed, open Emacs from Ubuntu Dash or run command emacs in Terminal to launch the app.
If you wish to uninstall and remove the Emacs from Ubuntu Systems, run the following command:
sudo dpkg -r emacs-25