Aquamacs
Aquamacs
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Aquamacs free download for Mac

Aquamacs

3.5
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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Hotfreaks
11 August 2008

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"Kenny's so poor, he has to use Aquamacs instead of TextMate. I hate you, Kenny."
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Version 1.5rc2
Derekcurrie
01 December 2018
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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Version 3.4
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piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
01 December 2018
Many thanks, I never would have found it whithout your help.
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seba-szwarc
08 September 2012
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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Version 2.4
Iliketrash
30 March 2012
Downloading fails at around 14 MB.
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Version 2.4
Brian Kendig
28 October 2011
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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Version 2.4
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Brian Kendig
Brian Kendig
28 October 2011
Ah, figured it out - when Aquamacs launches it briefly puts a message at the bottom of the screen. M-x ns-toggle-fullscreen gets me out.
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Cowicide
01 September 2011
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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Version 2.3a
SickTeddyBear
29 July 2011
FYI, a universal Intel/PPC version can be downloaded here: http://aquamacs.org/download-release-ub.shtml
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Version 2.3
Fenrisulf
17 January 2011
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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Version 2.1
Sxreader
11 May 2010
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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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Davidswelt
Davidswelt
11 May 2010
If you do a lot of small edits from the command-line, consider using "emacsclient" or the included "aquamacs" command line tool (Tools menu). Aquamacs is not designed to be restarted again and again, even though the startup time on my machine is less than 3 seconds (when cached).
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Version 2.0
Michael-Chen
10 May 2010
Which version of Emacs is aquamacs 2.0 based on, 23.1 or 23.2? Thanks
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Version 2.0
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Davidswelt
Davidswelt
10 May 2010
It's based on Emacs 23.2. (We also have versions based on Emacs 22 (Aquamacs 1.x) and a very experimental version based on Emacs 24 (development snapshot) available on our website (nightly builds).
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Version 2.0
Davidswelt
10 May 2010
This is the final Aquamacs 2.0 release. Thanks to everyone who helped test and improve the new version.
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Version 2.0