This quick tutorial shows how to install the latest GNU Emacs 26.1 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18,x, 19.x, and their derivatives.
While Ubuntu ships old versions in its universe repositories and don’t provide future updates, a stable PPA repository maintained by Kevin Kelley contains the 26.1 packages with
xwidgets support for all current Ubuntu releases.
1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs
Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.
2. Then install
Emacs26 either via Synaptic package manager, or by running following commands one by one in terminal:
sudo apt update sudo apt install emacs26
For text-only interface, replace
emacs26-nox in the last command. And Ubuntu 18.04 and higher can skip
apt update command.
Once installed, open emacs from your system application launcher and enjoy!
How to Remove:
To remove Emacs26, open terminal and run commands:
sudo apt remove --autoremove emacs26 emacs26-nox
The PPA can be removed by going to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.
I’ve tried to follow the instructions above, and it seems that in the present incarnation of emacs 26 (26.3 build 2) of 2019-09-16, it is not possible (be it via command line or via Synapatic tool) to have both emacs26 and emacs26-nox in the same machine…
In Synaptic, selecting both brings the state to broken and it appears a conflict between them, in command line attempting to install emacs26-nox after emacs26 informs the later would be uninstalled (if you accept to proceed…).
I wonder if this is by design or accident…
Thank you! This helped me to install spacemacs. I had to do sudo apt install emacs26 but now everything works
This could break all other packages dependencies related to emacs.