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The motion-mode provides some convenient features when you write codes in RubyMotion. The features are the following:

  • Recognize RubyMotion projects
    • You can open *.rb files by motion-mode in RubyMotion projects.
  • Syntax Highlight by ruby-mode
  • Code completion of defined words by auto-complete-mode
    • You can make a dictionary with make_dict.rb which includes this repository.
  • Execution of rake tasks in Emacs
    • You can execute all rake tasks in Emacs with prefix keybinds
  • In particular, support operation of interactive-debugger in emacs by comint-mode
    • When you execute a rake task by motion-execute-rake, it executes 'rake' in default that is build command.
  • Syntax check by flymake-mode
    • The flymake-mode is the default syntax - check feature in Emacs.
    • Support it in motion-mode by macruby interpreter.
  • Document search by
    • is a convenient document tool which supports RubyMotion's one.
    • When you want search documents by keywords on emacs's cursol, you can use motion-dash-at-point.
  • Code converter to convert a part of code from Objective-C to Ruby-style sentence

The motion-mode provides some convenient commands(motion-execute-rake, motion-dash-at-point, etc...), but the motion-mode dosen't provide key-binds. You can setup key-binds as you like.


Write the following codes in your init.el

(require 'package)
(dolist (archive '(("melpa" . "")))
  (add-to-list 'package-archives archive :append))

(when (null package-archive-contents)

(defvar my-packages '(motion-mode

(dolist (p my-packages)
  (when (not (package-installed-p p))
    (package-install p)))

and then:

M-x package-install


Change to the appropriate directory:

$ cd ~/.emacs.d/elpa/motion-mode-YYYYMMDD.233 # <- the suffix will be different on your machine

and then:

$ iOS=7.1 # <-- set this to your requirements
$ HEADERS_PATH=$(xcode-select -print-path)/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS${iOS}.sdk/System/Library/Frameworks
$ find ${HEADERS_PATH} -name "*.h" | xargs ruby bin/make_dict.rb
$ cp ./motion-mode ~/.emacs.d/ac-dict
$ emacs ~/.emacs.d/init.el

If you're installing your packages manually, and didn't follow the advice above in the Install section, add following settings:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/elisp/some-dir-of-your-choice/motion-mode") # <-- check this path
(require 'motion-mode)

Regardless how you've installed motion-mode, add these settings:

;; following add-hook is very important.
(add-hook 'ruby-mode-hook 'motion-recognize-project)
(add-to-list 'ac-modes 'motion-mode)
(add-to-list 'ac-sources 'ac-source-dictionary)
;; set key-binds as you like
(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-c") 'motion-execute-rake)
(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-d") 'motion-dash-at-point)


You can set key-binds of the following commands. The motion-mode doesn't provide default key bindings.

  • motion-execute-rake
    • Execution of rake tasks in Emacs
  • motion-dash-at-point
    • Document search by
  • motion-convert-code-region
    • Code converter to convert a part of code from Objective-C to Ruby-style sentence

Setting Example

(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-c") 'motion-execute-rake)
(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-d") (lambda () (interactive) (motion-execute-rake-command "device")))
(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-o") 'motion-dash-at-point)
(define-key motion-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-p") 'motion-convert-code-region)


  • motion-execute-rake-command TASK
    • execute rake task of TASK


  • motion-flymake (default is t)
    • The motion-flymake variable is the flag which your emacs opens rubymotion-source with flymake-mode or not.

See Also


motion-mode.el is a package to provide emacs' major mode for RubyMotion enviroment.



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