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Dizzee - Subprocess management for Emacs

Dizzee is a pleasant way to manage your project's subprocesses in Emacs.

You have a project.

In order to get an instance running and start working, you have to manually launch say... 4 processes in 4 different shells.

This is Not Fun.

Thankfully it is also a definable, repeatable process - which means that we can Use Programming.

At worst, this is More Fun than doing it yourself every time.


The fundamental abstraction in Dizzee is that of a Service.

A service is an individual process such as you would otherwise launch in a shell - e.g. serving the contents of a directory on localhost port 7878:

you@yourbox $ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 7878

In production you might (read really, really should) have a whole webserver to take care of that sort of thing, but while working you take a simpler route.

With Dizzee you could define a service called my-static to turn this process into a simple:

M-x my-static-start

To define this as a Dizzee service you would add the following to your .emacs:

(dz-defservice my-static "python"
                         :args ("-m" "SimpleHTTPServer" "7878")
                         :cd "/home/you/your-awesome-project/static")

This provides you with the following functions that you can bind to shortcuts or call with M-x:

* my-static-start
* my-static-stop
* my-static-restart

Arguments to dz-defservice


  • Service - (symbol) The name of the service
  • Command - (string) The executable to run


  • :cd - (string) The directory in which you would like the service to run
  • :args - (list of strings) The arguments you would like to be passed to the executable

Service Groups

With Service Groups things get even More Fun. Service Groups allow you to define a group of conceptually related Services that you will want to launch simultaneously.

By Way Of Example

Let's say you are plausibly working on a "Server" that will talk to a "Client". Having defined the Sevices my-server and my-client you can then define a Service Group:

(dz-defservice-group my-project (my-server my-client))

This will provide the M-x functions

  • my-project-start - Starts all the services
  • my-project-stop - Stops all the services
  • my-project-restart - Restarts all the services


Dizzee also provides a reloader to restart your service when you make changes to the source. More complete docs to follow. For now C-h f dz-register-reload


Use el-get with the github repo as a git source.

Or, if you insist, (grumbles...) download dizzee.el and:

(require 'dizzee)


Use the Github tracker


Emacs Library for managing subprocesses



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