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Carbon Emacs is a Carbon/OS X distribution of GNU Emacs, based on the CVS source code. In order to install, drag the Emacs icon into the Applications folder or anywhere else you would like. This distribution has been developed since 2003, with help from MacEmacs JP project. Feedback will be sent to our mailing list.
What's New
Version 22.3 (20090115):
  • The last release based on Emacs 22.
  • Elisp libraries:
    • Updated ess, haskell-mode, htmlize, mew, nxhtml, psvn, and riece.
    • Fixed a broken link to the nxml-mode documentation. (Courtesy of T. Gerdin)
    • Fixed a broken link to the emacs-muse documentation. (Courtesy of P. Minsenti)
    • Added js.el (Emacs 23; a.k.a. espresso-mode).
    • Fixed nxhtml's initialization problem. (Courtesy of zin)
  • Thank you for donation! (from 1 user)
Version 22.3 (20090115):
  • The last release based on Emacs 22.
  • Elisp libraries:
    • Updated ess, haskell-mode, htmlize, mew, nxhtml, psvn, and riece.
    • Fixed a broken link to the nxml-mode documentation. (Courtesy of T. Gerdin)
    • Fixed a broken link to the emacs-muse documentation. (Courtesy of P. Minsenti)
    • Added js.el (Emacs 23; a.k.a. more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later





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Carbon Emacs User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 22.x:
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stanishjohnd commented on 11 Jan 2009
Why no 10.4 (Tiger) version? Not all of us have the hardware to upgrade to Leopard.
[Version 20090104]


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albion reviewed on 09 Jan 2009
Yes, it is the best Emacs on OS X, because it's more of an Emacs than Aquamacs, the only credible competitor.

It is actually not a "port" at this point. Emacs built from source is almost exactly the same thing as Carbon Emacs. I think Carbon Emacs still bundles some elisp that isn't part of the standard distribution. Otherwise, the differences are mostly cosmetic. I wouldn't swear to his, but I seem to remember reading that the current Mac codebase, called nextstep in the cvs tree, actually uses Cocoa interfaces, not Carbon. No doubt someone else here can shed some light on that subject.

Anyway, this is the OS X Emacs of choice.
[Version 20090104]


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statsman commented on 26 Apr 2008
I've been using Carbon Emacs since March 2006 and to me this is by far the best emacs port to OS X. Updates are frequent and current. Kudos to the developer!!
[Version 20080405]


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ZZamboni reviewed on 05 Apr 2008
This is my preferred Mac port of Emacs: it is frequently updated, comes with many packages, and stays true to the original Emacs.
[Version 20080405]


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NadeemF reviewed on 29 Aug 2006
The latest version fixes the problem I had where numeric-keypad actions looked just like typing on the main part of the keyboard.
Shame that the lisp load-path doesn't include anywhere not contained within the application package (so that you can store your extra lisp libraries in a safe place which isn't replaced when you upgrade the application). Also strange that '/Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/Resources/share/emacs/site-lisp' isn't in the path.
[Version 20060901]


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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Nov 2005
I just downloaded Carbon Emacs 20051101 on my OS X 10.4.3 box, and I have a problem.

Emacs seems to start up Finder each and every time I start it, even if I run it with "-q" (the "do not load an init file" option).

I do not use Finder: I use PathFinder instead.

So if I try to use Emacs, I get two "finder"s running! This might be enough to drive me to VIM (argh!).

Otherwise, what can you say about emacs. At least this version uses the Apple key as a Meta key -- I hate Emaxen that require using the Escape key.
[Version 20051101]

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Anonymous commented on 01 Nov 2005
I just want to add (in a less whiney tone) that I really appreciate the developer getting this version of emacs to run under Carbon. If I can just get the finder problem fixed, I'll be quite happy.
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Anonymous commented on 07 Nov 2005
> Emacs seems to start up Finder each and every time I start it

That is because Carbon Emacs refers to Finder's file information (via AppleScript) when it starts up. Maybe you have better write this issue to the mailing list.
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Sep 2005
How about getting rid of the ugly gnome icons when you build a mac application?
[Version 09/2005]

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Anonymous commented on 28 Oct 2005
what exactly is the problem with GNOME
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Anonymous commented on 30 Oct 2005
how about making nicer icons yourself and contributing them to the project, troll? this is free software after all, it's up to *you* to improve it..
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Schmelding commented on 26 Sep 2005
That's a screenshot? Funny. How 'bout a screenie of the app in action?
[Version 09/2005]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Nov 2005
it's emacs. it looks like emacs. if you don't know what that looks like, this probably isn't for you
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NadeemF reviewed on 06 Sep 2005
The best implementation of single-window emacs in active development that I have found.
Many distributions of emacs for OSX have fallen by the wayside and haven't been updated to work with system upgrades, but this is being actively developed.
Unlike Aquamacs it holds all files/buffers in a single window, a 'limitation' that I actually require.
[Version 08/2005]


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License:Free
Date:20 Feb 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Carbon Emacs is a Carbon/OS X distribution of GNU Emacs, based on the CVS source code. In order to install, drag the Emacs icon into the Applications folder or anywhere else you would like. This distribution has been developed since 2003, with help from MacEmacs JP project. Feedback will be sent to our mailing list.


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