How To Install Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. 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.

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 through the step by step installation of Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian based distribution like Linux Mint.

Install Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Emacs Editor on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Emacs using Snap:

Run the following commands to install snap and Emacs packages:

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install emacs --classic
  • Install Emacs using PPA Repository:

Now we add a stable PPA repository to our Ubuntu 20.04 system with the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs

After that, run the following command to install Emacs on the Ubuntu system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install emacs27

Check the Emacs version:

emacs --version

Step 3. Accessing Emacs Editor.

Once installation successfully, Search for the Emacs Editor via the Activities Search Bar on the Ubuntu system.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Emacs. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Emacs Editor on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Emacs website.

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