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EditorConfig Emacs Plugin

This is an EditorConfig plugin for Emacs.

Getting Started


This package is available from MELPA, MELPA Stable and NonGNU ELPA. Install from these repositories and enable global minor-mode editorconfig-mode:

(editorconfig-mode 1)

Normally, enabling editorconfig-mode should be enough for this plugin to work: all other configurations are optional. This mode sets up hooks so that EditorConfig properties will be loaded and applied to the new buffers automatically when visiting files.


If you use use-package, add the following to your init.el file:

(use-package editorconfig
  :ensure t
  (editorconfig-mode 1))

Manual installation

Copy all .el files in this repository to ~/.emacs.d/lisp and add the following:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/lisp")
(require 'editorconfig)
(editorconfig-mode 1)

Supported properties

Current Emacs plugin coverage for EditorConfig's properties:

  • indent_style
  • indent_size
  • tab_width
  • end_of_line
  • charset
  • trim_trailing_whitespace
  • insert_final_newline = true is supported
  • insert_final_newline = false is not enforced (as in trailing newlines actually being removed automagically), we just buffer-locally override any preferences that would auto-add them to files .editorconfig marks as trailing-newline-free
  • max_line_length
  • file_type_ext (Experimental) (See below)
  • file_type_emacs (Experimental) (See below)
  • root (only used by EditorConfig core)

Not yet covered properties marked with over-strike – pull requests implementing missing features warmly welcomed! Typically, you will want to tie these to native functionality, or the configuration of existing packages handling the feature.

As several packages have their own handling of, say, indentation, we might not yet cover some mode you use, but we try to add the ones that show up on our radar.

File Type (file_type_ext, file_type_emacs)

File-type feature is currently disabled, because this package is now undergoing big internal refactoring. For those who want this functionality, please consider using editorconfig-custom-majormode.


editorconfig-emacs provides some customize variables.

Here are some of these variables: for the full list of available variables, type M-x customize-group [RET] editorconfig [RET].


Buffer local minor-mode to use to trim trailing whitespaces.

If set, editorconfig will enable/disable this mode in accord with trim_trailing_whitespace property in .editorconfig. Otherwise, use Emacs built-in delete-trailing-whitespace function.

One possible value is ws-butler-mode, with which only lines touched get trimmed. To use it, add following to your init.el:

(setq editorconfig-trim-whitespaces-mode


(Formerly editorconfig-custom-hooks)

A list of functions which will be called after loading common EditorConfig settings, when you can set some custom variables.

For example, web-mode has several variables for indentation offset size and EditorConfig sets them at once by indent_size. You can stop indenting only blocks of web-mode by adding following to your init.el:

(add-hook 'editorconfig-after-apply-functions
  (lambda (props) (setq web-mode-block-padding 0)))


Enabling editorconfig-mode should be enough for normal cases.

When EditorConfig properties are not effective for unknown reason, we recommend first trying M-x editorconfig-display-current-properties.

This command will open a new buffer and display the EditorConfig properties loaded for current buffer. You can check if EditorConfig properties were not read for buffers at all, or they were loaded but did not take effect for some other reasons.

Indentation for new major-modes

Because most Emacs major-modes have their own indentation settings, this plugin requires explicit support for each major-mode for indent_size property.

By default this plugin ships with settings for many major-modes, but, sorry to say, it cannot be perfect. Especially it is difficult to support brand-new major-modes. Please feel free to submit issue or pull-request for such major-mode!

Supported major-modes and their indentation configs are defined in the variable editorconfig-indentation-alist.

Not work at all for FOO-mode!

Most cases properties are loaded just after visiting files when editorconfig-mode is enabled. But it is known that there are major-modes that this mechanism does not work for and require explicit call of editorconfig-apply.

Typically it will occur when the major-mode is not defined using define-derived-mode (rpm-spec-mode is an example for this). Please feel free to submit issues if you find such modes!

editorconfig-format-buffer does not work well with lsp-mode

By default, lsp-mode configures indent-region-function so that Emacs uses language servers' textDocument/rangeFormatting request to format text in buffers. So EditorConfig settings are ignored unless language servers themselves support loading configs from .editorconfig.

To avoid this behavior ad-hocly, set lsp-enable-indentation to nil.

Submitting Bugs and Feature Requests

Bugs, feature requests, and other issues should be submitted to the issue tracker:


Make and CMake must be installed to run the tests locally:

$ make check

To start a new Emacs process with current *.el and without loading user init file, run:

$ make sandbox


EditorConfig Emacs Plugin is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see