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Helm is incremental completion and selection narrowing framework for
Emacs. It will help steer you in the right direction when you're looking
for stuff in Emacs (like buffers, files, etc).
Helm is a fork of
anything.el originaly written by Tamas Patrovic
and can be considered to be its successor.
Helm sets out to clean up the legacy code in
and provide a cleaner, leaner and more modular tool, that's not tied in
the trap of backward compatibility.
You need a recent Emacs to use latest helm, at least Emacs-24.3.
helmrepository to some directory:
$ git clone https://github.com/emacs-helm/helm.git /path/to/helm/directory
makefrom this directory.
(add-to-list 'load-path "/path/to/helm/directory") (require 'helm-config)
Alternatively, you can have a quick try to helm by launching from the helm directory:
Note that this will not work on Windows systems.
Install from Emacs packaging system
Helm is now available on Melpa at
You will find there instructions to install.
WARNING: For any upgrade after Version 1.5.6 using package.el, you will have to remove all your helm*.elc files and recompile from a clean Emacs, expect failures if you don't do that. Users that are installing from git will not have this problem by recompiling their helm copy with "make".
Note to Linux Distributions Maintainers
Only the extensions present in the github emacs-helm organisation are supported.
Alternate install warning
Some people are installing
helm with their own config using diverses
and other hacks, not using
Expect failures and slowdown at startup unless you really know what you are doing when you do so.
If you're afraid to play with Emacs's configuration, but want to try out Helm - have NO FEAR. Have a look at Emacs Prelude - it has Helm built-in and properly set-up.
M-x helm-mini and enjoy. You might want to bind that command to
a keyboard shortcut. Here's a suggestion:
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c h") 'helm-mini)
You can also start with
M-x helm-mode and enjoy helm completion in your favourites
Emacs commands (e.g
C-x C-f, etc...).
You can enable this by adding in your init file:
As a startup point you can also look at the helm section in Emacs menu to discover some of the commands provided by helm.
Helm is capable of a lot.
You can find all the gory details on the Helm Wiki.
Check out the project's issue list a list of unresolved issues. By the way - feel free to fix any of them and sent us a pull request. :-)
Here's a list of all the people who have contributed to the development of Helm.
Bugs & Improvements
Bug reports and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. GitHub pull requests are even better! :-)
NOTE: When trying if something is working or not, be sure to start helm from
Emacs -Q or even better
Start it from your helm directory with
The Helm Team