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Emacs for OS X Modified

Emacs for OS X Modified is a distribution of GNU Emacs 25.1 (released September 17, 2016) with the following additions:

This distribution is based on the latest stable release of GNU Emacs compiled by David Caldwell and distributed on Emacs for Mac OS X

Made for Mac

System requirements

OS X 10.4 or later


25.1-modified-2 (what's new)


Open the disk image and copy Emacs in the Applications folder or any other folder.


The distribution is assembled from David Caldwell's latest stable binary release of Emacs, the source code of ESS and AUCTeX, as well as from a set of files and scripts.

Older versions

See the archives.


This distribution of Emacs is based on the NeXTstep port part of the official sources of GNU Emacs. Other than the additions mentioned above and the minor configurations found in the site-start.el file, this is a stock distribution of Emacs. Users of Emacs on other platforms will appreciate the similar look and feel of the application.

Those looking for a more Mac-like version of Emacs should consider Aquamacs. I used Aquamacs myself for two years, but I got tired of disabling the newer “features” in each release of the application. For me Aquamacs insists too much on opening new frames and on playing with fonts. Moreover, ESS is not kept up to date on a regular basis.

For more information of the various options to run Emacs on OS X, see the Emacs wiki.