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Aquamacs for Mac

Emacs editor.

Free
In English
4.3
Based on 8 user rates

Aquamacs overview

Aquamacs is the Emacs editor that Mac users love. Aquamacs lets you write text from LaTeX manuscripts to to-do lists, from C to Cobol, Java, Python, Shell-script, Lisp, everything! Aquamacs looks and behaves like other Mac programs - even though it's still the powerful GNU Emacs with all the extensibility that millions have come to appreciate.

Emacs is a text editor of legendary power and configurability, but it also has a complex user interface that is very, very different from the familiar Mac way of doing things. Aquamacs tames the Emacs tiger: you get standard Apple shortcuts (in addition to the Emacs ones), nice fonts, tabs or one file per window, international input methods, Apple Help manuals and more. Aquamacs comes with a range of modes for various markup and programming languages: HTML, C/C++, Java, Python, Perl, AppleScript, Tcl, XML, R (S)... These modes have extra functions for the languages, including excellent syntax highlighting. You can even use Aquamacs to read news and e-mail, just like any Emacs.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What’s new in version 3.6

  • This release has fixes for many of the reported crashes and other bugs, particularly for crashes on Catalina and Big Sur. Aquamacs now prompts for needed permissions. The Aquamacs app is now fully signed and notarized by Apple. Several of the bundled Emacs Lisp packages have been updated to more recent versions, most notably AUCTeX.
  • This version also include native support for libxml2 as well as JPEG and SVG images.
  • This release is compiled to run on any Mac OS version from El Capitan (10.11) forward.
  • Aquamacs 3.6 is compiled only for the x86 architecture. It seems to run fine on Apple Silicon system with Rosetta. There are changes needed to the core Emacs code for it to work on Apple Silicon, so native support will come with a future version (more on that below).
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Aquamacs for Mac

Free
In English
Version 3.6
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4.3

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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 1 2018
3.4
0.0
Dec 1 2018
0.0
Version: 3.4
Version 3.3 is downloading from the link here. Try this link instead for version 3.4: http://aquamacs.org/download-release.shtml BTW: Version 3.4 was released in July 2018.
seba-szwarc
seba-szwarc
Sep 8 2012
2.4
0.0
Sep 8 2012
0.0
Version: 2.4
When version 3 will be ready? Common Emacs 24 got its 24.2 upgrade and Aquamacs still cannot go to version 3?
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Mar 30 2012
2.4
0.0
Mar 30 2012
0.0
Version: 2.4
Downloading fails at around 14 MB.
Brian Kendig
Brian Kendig
Oct 28 2011
2.4
4.0
Oct 28 2011
4.0
Version: 2.4
My Aquamacs is stuck in fullscreen mode. I clicked the arrows at the right end of the window's title bar, and it went fullscreen; but mousing to the top of the screen doesn't bring the arrows back. Even when I quit and restart Aquamacs, it's now permanently fullscreen; there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it back into a window. The online help has nothing about this.
Cowicide
Cowicide
Sep 1 2011
2.3a
0.0
Sep 1 2011
0.0
Version: 2.3a
Features: > it also has an enormously complex interface LOL, oh man.. that gave me a chuckle. I know what they are trying to say.. but... Sigh... when programmers handle copy, it's funny.
Brian Kendig
Brian Kendig
Oct 28 2011
4.0
Oct 28 2011
4.0
Version: null
Fenrisulf
Fenrisulf
Jan 17 2011
4.5
Jan 17 2011
4.5
Version: null
Sxreader
Sxreader
May 11 2010
3.0
May 11 2010
3.0
Version: null
Pixiemotion
Pixiemotion
Jul 29 2008
5.0
Jul 29 2008
5.0
Version: null
Mrgando
Mrgando
Jun 19 2008
4.0
Jun 19 2008
4.0
Version: null
john-7
john-7
Sep 27 2006
4.5
Sep 27 2006
4.5
Version: null
Chipster
Chipster
Nov 20 2005
4.5
Nov 20 2005
4.5
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Sep 20 2005
4.8
Sep 20 2005
4.8
Version: null