How To Install Emacs Editor on CentOS 8

Install Emacs Editor on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Emacs Editor on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Emacs is a very useful plus feature-rich text editor that may be used across multiple various platforms. Because of its considerable support for writing code within different languages, it is favored by most programmers. If you’re thinking about switching to Emacs on your Linux, or you’ve just switched to it, you will find that Emacs is not that hard to use.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Emacs Editor on a CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Emacs Editor on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Emacs Editor on CentOS 8.

  • Install Emacs via EPEL repository.

Emacs text editor is available on the official EPEL repository:

sudo dnf install emacs
  • Install Emacs via the official repository.

Run the following command to download Emacs packages and install them:

tar -zxvf emacs-27.2.tar.gz
cd emacs-27.2
make install
  • Install Emacs via Snap.

To install GNU Emacs, simply use the following command:

sudo dnf install snapd
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
sudo snap install emacs --classic

Step 3. Accessing Emacs Editor on CentOS.

Once the installation is done, you will now launch the Emacs from the desktop. Click Activities and choose to display the application form where you will launch the Emacs to double-click the application icon.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Emacs. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Emacs Editor on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Emacs website.

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