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Build Status MELPA MELPA Stable

EditorConfig Emacs Plugin

This is an EditorConfig plugin for Emacs.


This package is available from MELPA and MELPA Stable. Install from there and enable global minor-mode editorconfig-mode:

(editorconfig-mode 1)

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

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

To install manually, 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)

(Optional) Install a Core Program

This package uses a Core program. A core implemented in Emacs Lisp is include in this plugin, so usually you don't need to install any other core programs.

Optionally, you can install and use other core programs. One such example is EditorConfig C Core, follow the instructions in the README and INSTALL files to install it. To use them instead of the default elisp core, you need to configure editorconfig-get-properties-function (read the docstring for details).

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)
  • file_type_emacs (Experimental)
  • 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. Similarly, we don't yet hook in to all different packages for whitespace trimming to inform them about editorconfig settings, but aim for better coverage of things like ws-trim.

File Type

This plugin has experimental supports for file_type_ext and file_type_emacs, which specify "file types" for files. As for Emacs, it means major-mode can be set.

file_type_ext When it is set to md for a.txt, for example, major-mode will be decided as if the file name would be (and thus markdown-mode is likely to be used).

file_type_emacs When it is set to markdown for a.txt, markdown-mode will be enabled when opening a.txt.

These property are experimental and their meanings might change in the future updates. When both are specified, file_type_ext takes precedence.


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].


(Formerly editorconfig-custom-hooks)

A list of functions after loading common EditorConfig settings, where you can set some custom variables or overwrite existing properties.

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

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

You can also define your own custom properties and enable them here.


A list of function to alter property values before applying them.

These functions will be run after loading ".editorconfig" files and before applying them to current buffer, so that you can alter some properties from ".editorconfig" before they take effect.

For example, Makefiles always use tab characters for indentation: you can overwrite "indent_style" property when current major-mode is a makefile-mode with following code:

(add-hook 'editorconfig-hack-properties-functions
          '(lambda (props)
             (when (derived-mode-p 'makefile-mode)
               (puthash 'indent_style "tab" props))))


Alist of indentation setting methods by modes.

For the easiest case to add a new support for a major-mode, you just need to add a pair of major-mode symbol and its indentation variables:

(add-to-list 'editorconfig-indentation-alist
  ;; Just an example, of course EditorConfig has already included this setting!
  '(c-mode c-basic-offset))


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

If set, enable/disable that 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

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 test


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

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