Aquamacs
Aquamacs
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Aquamacs free download for Mac
19 August 2019

Emacs editor.

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 Aquamacs

Version 3.5:
  • Fixed a compatibility issue with macOS Mojave.
  • Aquamacs is now compiled and distributed with a copy of the gnutls library to enable secure web connections. The version in this distribution is 3.6.8. Only the shared library and its library dependencies are included. This was done because Emacs has removed support for using the openssl command line tool shipped with Mac OS X. Code for building the libraries contributed by Win Treese. License information for these libraries is included the manual.
  • In order to provide compatibility with gnutls, the oldest supported version of Mac OS X is now El Capitan (10.11).
  • This version also bundles the binary shared library for the libxml2 library (version 2.9.9).
  • ESS has been updated to version 18.10.2. See here for all new features: http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html#New-features.
  • Known bug (MacOS Mojave): menus may require a double click to open with the mouse. When this happens, go to System Preferences, Security&Privacy, Accessibility, and allow Aquamacs to ``control your computer''. This merely enables Aquamacs to process some UI events. (Note that this workaround does not apply to nightly builds because they lack a code signature.)
  • Bug fix: a rare condition (when Tabs are not in used) could occur where frames will be unresponsive to user input. Reported by Lewis Hyatt.
  • Bug fix: Color lists were unavailable on late MacOS versions. Reported by Max Arnold.
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33 Reviews of Aquamacs

Hotfreaks
11 August 2008
Version: 1.5rc2

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"Kenny's so poor, he has to use Aquamacs instead of TextMate. I hate you, Kenny."
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Derekcurrie
01 December 2018
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.
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seba-szwarc
08 September 2012
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?
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Iliketrash
30 March 2012
Version: 2.4
Downloading fails at around 14 MB.
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Brian Kendig
28 October 2011
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.
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Cowicide
01 September 2011
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.
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SickTeddyBear
29 July 2011
Version: 2.3
FYI, a universal Intel/PPC version can be downloaded here: http://aquamacs.org/download-release-ub.shtml
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4.5
Fenrisulf
17 January 2011
Version: 2.1
Great for those who love emacs but need some Aqua integration (more than say Fink could give you)... You either love it or hate it, but emacs is a powerful editor/environment.
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Sxreader
11 May 2010
Version: 2.0
The usability is very nice. It contains all of unix emacs along some mac/cocoa improvements. However the speed is horrible. Compared to the unmodified emacs and also textmate it takes ages to load, especially if you pick your own color profile. You would think that cocoa would make it more "native" and thus faster, but this is not the case. I deleted all my preferences and still the startup time is ridiculous on a macbook pro. For someone who does a lot of small edits this is not very practical. For this and also the bundles I switched to textmate.
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Michael-Chen
10 May 2010
Version: 2.0
Which version of Emacs is aquamacs 2.0 based on, 23.1 or 23.2? Thanks
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Davidswelt
10 May 2010
Version: 2.0
This is the final Aquamacs 2.0 release. Thanks to everyone who helped test and improve the new version.
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Davidswelt
27 October 2009
Version: 2.0pr3
Note: This is a preview version. We regularly maintain and recommend version 1.9 for mission-critical use. The correct version name of this is "2.0preview3".
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Peng-Bai
30 June 2009
Version: 1.8a
Good app! I use it for Latex and Python. However, poor at Python, so plug-in needed. I hope Python can be enhanced in this app:) Thx!
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Davidswelt
22 June 2009
Version: 1.8a
Want to check out our latest work? Download a nightly build of the new 2.0 branch, which is based on Cocoa and Emacs 23. It's far from perfect yet, but already quite usable: http://aquamacs.org/nightlies.shtml
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Davidswelt
30 December 2008
Version: 1.6pre4
If you're on a PPC Mac and you downloaded 1.6preview4 on Monday Dec 29, you may encounter a problem with the Finder refusing to run Aquamacs ("not for this architecture"). We've fixed this - just download again. If you're not on PPC, there is no need to download it again.
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Hotfreaks
11 August 2008
Version: 1.5rc2
"Kenny's so poor, he has to use Aquamacs instead of TextMate. I hate you, Kenny."
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Pixiemotion
29 July 2008
Version: 1.5rc1
Aquamacs has become a really mature Emacs for OS X; the balance between Mac usability and Emacs power is near-perfect. If you've never used any Emacs before, this is the best way to get to know it. If you have used Emacs before, this is the best Mac distribution.
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Mrgando
19 June 2008
Version: 1.4
This is a great piece of software, the Apple Scientific and some of the developer communities will make great use of this software. Thanks
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Mrgando
19 June 2008
Version: 1.4
This is a great piece of software, the Apple Scientific and some of the developer communities will make great use of this software. Thanks
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4.5
john-7
27 September 2006
Version: 0.9.9d
First off: No, it is not a beautiful Cocoa editor. It isn't supposed to be. It is supposed to be a Mac version of emacs that doesn't require X11 and integrates a bit better with the system -- And it does that. Very solid documentation, good stability, lots of included packages, good concept, and a wonderful implementation.
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Ifx
09 May 2006
Version: 0.9.9c
It is very disappointing to hear negative comments about this gem of software, just because of a couple of icons that are not in the taste of some readers. Apparently there is a deep ignorance in part of the current Mac community about Free Software. Apparently there is also deep ignorance about the outstanding contributions of Richard Stallman and his beautiful creature, Emacs. Maybe this is due to the massive Apple campain to have win users to switch, which will eventually poison the community. But what I would like is that people think and get documented before commenting. Emacs and VI have been the only two free, powerful, programmable and customizable text editors for ages. Platform independent. If someone does not understand programming languages and lisp, then she better avoid commenting about Emacs. If someone writes documents in M$ Word and similar crap editors, because he does not know how to use LaTeX, then he better stay silent about Emacs. I've been using Emacs for 15 years over several Unix platforms and it never (yes, never) let me down with a lost file because of a crash. Aquamacs, in particular, is the best possible incarnation of Emacs in MacOs. If someone needs some silly aqua-fresh look then she better use TextEdit or buy herself some expensive license. He probably cannot even tell the difference between TextEdit and a programmable editor.
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Anonymous
20 November 2005
Version: 0.9.7
Not an Aqua app. Period.
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4.5
Chipster
20 November 2005
Version: 0.9.7
Absolutely fanstastic. Thanks. Even from this old Vim fanatic, this app is highly recommended.
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Anonymous
20 September 2005
Version: 0.9.5b
I am so glad to have at least an Emacs version well integrated into Mac. I had been waiting for this since Os 10.0 Good work!
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wackymacs
01 September 2005
Version: 0.9.5b
This sucks badly, it is named "aquamacs Emacs" yet it uses icons from the Gnome interface of Linux. Large download size too, for an editor.
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Anonymous
01 September 2005
Version: 0.9.5b
Any chance of getting rid of those crappy Gnome icons -- is this a Mac application, or a Linux application?
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Anonymous
29 August 2005
Version: 0.9.5
Spinning beach-ball of death for quite a while on first launch. I was setting up to write a "Troubleshooting" comment here on MacUpdate when it finally popped up in the background. Subsequent launches are very speedy, so I'm not sure what the deal was... 10.3.9 on a dual 1.8GHz G5 w/ 1GB RAM
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Anonymous
23 August 2005
Version: 0.9.4
We have a beta version available from our website: http://aquamacs.org/download.shtml
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Anonymous
07 June 2005
Version: 0.9.1
Location is broken. Download from: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=138078
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Anonymous
27 May 2005
Version: 0.9.1
best emacs for osx, but it's still too slow for me to stand.
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 0.9.1
When I download it says the file is not mountable? Any suggestion. S
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Anonymous
06 May 2005
Version: 0.9.1
This seems to be a Mac like implementation of Emacs. You can use standard key shortcuts (like Cmd-Q etc.) now. It seems it doesn't sets type/creator correctly. A .ml file saved with Emacs is opened with AlphaX on double clicking. I know, AlphaX is a much better editor and thus this behavior seems quite useful, but for some reason I need Emacs for some files and I want them to open with Emacs.
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Anonymous
07 April 2005
Version: 0.9
It installed without any bother. It feels a lot snappier than the Carbon Emacs I've been using. Overall, very positive. The only annoying thing are the 'usability' features that have been added. It should *not* open a new frame every time. I don't know how to stop it yet - it's just plain annoying. Likewise, the file completion popup window is ugly, I prefer the default inline one. So my only wish is that it behaved more like the 'default' emacs distribution - of course, there are probably ways around this. Oh, and there is only one thing preventing me from using it. That damn ugly icon of an ugly horse that they have. It ruins my desktop.
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Anonymous
04 April 2005
Version: 0.9
This sucks. I have been trying to get this running on OS X with no success.
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