Aquamacs
Aquamacs
3.5
3.8
0.0
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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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.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Jul 29 2011
2.3
0.0
Jul 29 2011
0.0
Version: 2.3
FYI, a universal Intel/PPC version can be downloaded here: http://aquamacs.org/download-release-ub.shtml
Fenrisulf
Fenrisulf
Jan 17 2011
2.1
4.5
Jan 17 2011
4.5
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.
Sxreader
Sxreader
May 11 2010
2.0
3.0
May 11 2010
3.0
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.
Michael-Chen
Michael-Chen
May 10 2010
2.0
0.0
May 10 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
Which version of Emacs is aquamacs 2.0 based on, 23.1 or 23.2? Thanks
Davidswelt
Davidswelt
May 10 2010
2.0
0.0
May 10 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
This is the final Aquamacs 2.0 release. Thanks to everyone who helped test and improve the new version.
Davidswelt
Davidswelt
Oct 27 2009
2.0pr3
0.0
Oct 27 2009
0.0
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".
Jose-L-Blas
Jose-L-Blas
Jul 9 2009
1.8c
0.0
Jul 9 2009
0.0
Version: 1.8c
I started coding three years ago and although I had heard of emacs I have never used it. I have tried to learn VI but I found it very hard to learn and not user-friendly at all. When I first started coding on my Mac I was advised to try BBedit, it's not free but it's the best editor I have ever tried. They have a free tuned-down version called TextWrangler and it works very well. I would recommended it to anyone interested in a free text editor for OS X. I paid £25 for a licence of BBEdit and it's probably the best spent of all my software purchases. It's not the best looking software for the mac but it's very stable, fast and has all the features I need as web, software and game developer.
Peng-Bai
Peng-Bai
Jun 30 2009
1.8a
0.0
Jun 30 2009
0.0
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!
Davidswelt
Davidswelt
Jun 22 2009
1.8a
0.0
Jun 22 2009
0.0
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
Davidswelt
Davidswelt
Dec 30 2008
1.6pre4
0.0
Dec 30 2008
0.0
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.
Hotfreaks
Hotfreaks
Aug 11 2008
1.5rc2
0.0
Aug 11 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5rc2
"Kenny's so poor, he has to use Aquamacs instead of TextMate. I hate you, Kenny."
Pixiemotion
Pixiemotion
Jul 29 2008
1.5rc1
5.0
Jul 29 2008
5.0
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.
Mrgando
Mrgando
Jun 19 2008
1.4
4.0
Jun 19 2008
4.0
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
Mrgando
Mrgando
Jun 19 2008
1.4
4.0
Jun 19 2008
4.0
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
john-7
john-7
Sep 27 2006
0.9.9d
4.5
Sep 27 2006
4.5
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.
Ifx
Ifx
May 9 2006
0.9.9c
0.0
May 9 2006
0.0
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.
Guest
Guest
Nov 20 2005
0.9.7
4.8
Nov 20 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.7
Not an Aqua app. Period.
Chipster
Chipster
Nov 20 2005
0.9.7
4.5
Nov 20 2005
4.5
Version: 0.9.7
Absolutely fanstastic. Thanks. Even from this old Vim fanatic, this app is highly recommended.
Guest
Guest
Sep 20 2005
0.9.5b
4.8
Sep 20 2005
4.8
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!
Guest
Guest
Sep 1 2005
0.9.5b
0.0
Sep 1 2005
0.0
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.
Guest
Guest
Sep 1 2005
0.9.5b
4.8
Sep 1 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.5b
Any chance of getting rid of those crappy Gnome icons -- is this a Mac application, or a Linux application?
Guest
Guest
Aug 29 2005
0.9.5
4.8
Aug 29 2005
4.8
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
Guest
Guest
Aug 23 2005
0.9.4
4.8
Aug 23 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.4
We have a beta version available from our website: http://aquamacs.org/download.shtml
Guest
Guest
Jun 7 2005
0.9.1
4.8
Jun 7 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.1
Location is broken. Download from: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=138078
Guest
Guest
May 27 2005
0.9.1
4.8
May 27 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.1
best emacs for osx, but it's still too slow for me to stand.
Guest
Guest
May 8 2005
0.9.1
4.8
May 8 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9.1
When I download it says the file is not mountable? Any suggestion. S
Guest
Guest
May 6 2005
0.9.1
4.8
May 6 2005
4.8
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.
Guest
Guest
Apr 7 2005
0.9
4.8
Apr 7 2005
4.8
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.
Guest
Guest
Apr 4 2005
0.9
4.8
Apr 4 2005
4.8
Version: 0.9
This sucks. I have been trying to get this running on OS X with no success.
Free
3.8
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later

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