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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.
helmrepository to some directory:
$ git clone https://github.com/emacs-helm/helm.git /path/to/helm/directory
Run make from 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.
Note to Linux Distributions Maintainers
Only the extensions present in the github emacs-helm organisation are supported.
If you're afraid to play with Emacs's configuration, but want to try out Helm - have to 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
Send Bug Report from Emacs
If you have problems, send a bug report via
C-c C-x C-b in helm session (best)
M-x helm-send-bug-report outside helm session.
We implemented this bug report feature because we want to know your current state.
It helps usa solve problems easily.
The steps are:
Setup mail in Emacs, the easiest way is:
(setq user-mail-address "firstname.lastname@example.org") (setq user-full-name "Your Full Name") (setq smtpmail-smtp-server "your.smtp.server.jp") (setq mail-user-agent 'message-user-agent) (setq message-send-mail-function 'message-smtpmail-send-it)
Be sure to use the LATEST version of
- Enable debugger.
(setq debug-on-error t)
- Use Lisp version instead of compiled one:
- Do it!
- If you got an error, please do not close Backtrace buffer.
C-c C-x C-b(helm session, best!) or
M-x helm-send-bug-report(outside) and then
M-x insert-bufferBacktrace (if you got error)
- Describe the bug using a precise recipe.
C-c C-cto send.
The Helm Team