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Display battery status in Emacs mode line (Solarized Light):

Battery status in mode line

Provides fancy-battery-mode, which is like the built-in display-battery-mode, but more fancy: It shows just the remaining time, and uses colours to indicate the status of the battery. It is also more customizable.


As usual, from MELPA or MELPA Stable, with M-x package-install RET fancy-battery.

In your Cask file:

(source melpa)

(depends-on "fancy-battery")

In your init.el:

(add-hook 'after-init-hook #'fancy-battery-mode)


When the battery is charging, Fancy Battery shows the remaining time until full charge in fancy-battery-charging face, which inherits from the built-in success face:

Charging time

If no information about the remaining time is available, it falls back to the charge level of the battery. If you prefer to always see the charge level, set fancy-battery-show-percentage to t:

Charging percentage

When the AC plug is disconnected, the text changes to the fancy-battery-discharging face, which inherits from the built-in warning face. The time now indicates how long the battery will last.

Discharging time

As soon as the battery level gets critically low, the face changes to fancy-battery-critical, which inherits form the built-in error face, to indicate that you should really grab the AC plug now:

Critical time

Note: On OS X Emacs currently fails to report critical battery status due to an issue in battery-pmset. See Emacs bug #18157 for details.


Add your own functions to fancy-battery-status-update-functions to receive battery status updates.

Customize fancy-battery-critical, fancy-battery-charging, and fancy-battery-discharging to change the status colours used by the default mode line format.

Set fancy-battery-show-percentage to a non-nil value to show the load percentage instead of the remaining time. To use an entirely different format, customize fancy-battery-mode-line. See Mode Line Format for documentation of the format, and take a look at fancy-battery-default-mode-line to see how the default value is built.

Customize mode-line-misc-info and mode-line-format to change the position at which the battery status appears in the mode line. Typically it's at the very end after the minor mode list, so you may want to move mode-line-misc-info more to the front of mode-line-format.

Customize battery-update-interval to change the interval at which battery information is updated, and battery-status-function to add your own battery status backend.

All options are available via M-x customize-group RET fancy-battery.


This program 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

See COPYING for details.


Display battery in Emacs Mode line



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