Skip to content


Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP
branch: master
Fetching contributors…

Cannot retrieve contributors at this time

172 lines (124 sloc) 6.716 kb
;;; expand-region.el --- Increase selected region by semantic units.
;; Copyright (C) 2011 Magnar Sveen
;; Author: Magnar Sveen <>
;; Keywords: marking region
;; 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
;; 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 <>.
;;; Commentary:
;; Expand region increases the selected region by semantic units. Just keep
;; pressing the key until it selects what you want.
;; An example:
;; (setq alphabet-start "abc def")
;; With the cursor at the `c`, it starts by marking the entire word `abc`, then
;; expand to the contents of the quotes `abc def`, then to the entire quote
;; `"abc def"`, then to the contents of the sexp `setq alphabet-start "abc def"`
;; and finally to the entire sexp.
;; You can set it up like this:
;; (require 'expand-region)
;; (global-set-key (kbd "C-=") 'er/expand-region)
;; There's also `er/contract-region` if you expand too far.
;; ## Video
;; You can [watch an intro to expand-region at Emacs Rocks](
;; ## Language support
;; Expand region works fairly well with most languages, due to the general
;; nature of the basic expansions:
;; er/mark-word
;; er/mark-symbol
;; er/mark-method-call
;; er/mark-comment
;; er/mark-comment-block
;; er/mark-inside-quotes
;; er/mark-outside-quotes
;; er/mark-inside-pairs
;; er/mark-outside-pairs
;; However, most languages also will benefit from some specially crafted
;; expansions. For instance, expand-region comes with these extra expansions for
;; html-mode:
;; er/mark-html-attribute
;; er/mark-inner-tag
;; er/mark-outer-tag
;; You can add your own expansions to the languages of your choice simply by
;; creating a function that looks around point to see if it's inside or looking
;; at the construct you want to mark, and if so - mark it.
;; There's plenty of examples to look at in these files.
;; After you make your function, add it to a buffer-local version of
;; the `er/try-expand-list`.
;; **Example:**
;; Let's say you want expand-region to also mark paragraphs and pages in
;; text-mode. Incidentally Emacs already comes with `mark-paragraph` and
;; `mark-page`. To add it to the try-list, do this:
;; (defun er/add-text-mode-expansions ()
;; (make-variable-buffer-local 'er/try-expand-list)
;; (setq er/try-expand-list (append
;; er/try-expand-list
;; '(mark-paragraph
;; mark-page))))
;; (add-hook 'text-mode-hook 'er/add-text-mode-expansions)
;; Add that to its own file, and require it at the bottom of this one,
;; where it says "Mode-specific expansions"
;; **Warning:** Badly written expansions might slow down expand-region
;; dramatically. Remember to exit quickly before you start traversing
;; the entire document looking for constructs to mark.
;; ## Contribute
;; If you make some nice expansions for your favorite mode, it would be
;; great if you opened a pull-request. The repo is at:
;; Changes to `expand-region-core` itself must be accompanied by feature tests.
;; They are written in [Ecukes](, a Cucumber for Emacs.
;; To fetch the test dependencies:
;; $ cd /path/to/expand-region
;; $ git submodule init
;; $ git submodule update
;; Run the tests with:
;; $ ./util/ecukes/ecukes features
;; If you want to add feature-tests for your mode-specific expansions as well,
;; that is utterly excellent.
;; ## Contributors
;; * [Josh Johnston]( contributed `er/contract-region`
;; * [Le Wang]( contributed consistent handling of the mark ring, expanding into pairs/quotes just left of the cursor, and general code clean-up.
;; * [Matt Briggs]( contributed expansions for ruby-mode.
;; * [Ivan Andrus]( contributed expansions for python-mode, text-mode, LaTeX-mode and nxml-mode.
;; * [Raimon Grau]( added support for when transient-mark-mode is off.
;; * [Gleb Peregud]( contributed expansions for erlang-mode.
;; Thanks!
;;; Code:
(require 'expand-region-core)
(require 'expand-region-custom)
(eval-after-load "clojure-mode" '(require 'clojure-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "css-mode" '(require 'css-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "erlang-mode" '(require 'erlang-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "feature-mode" '(require 'feature-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "sgml-mode" '(require 'html-mode-expansions)) ;; html-mode is defined in sgml-mode.el
(eval-after-load "rhtml-mode" '(require 'html-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "nxhtml-mode" '(require 'html-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "js2-mode" '(require 'js-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "js2-mode" '(require 'js2-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "js3-mode" '(require 'js-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "LaTeX-mode" '(require 'latex-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "nxml-mode" '(require 'nxml-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "octave-mod" '(require 'octave-expansions))
(eval-after-load "python" '(progn
(when expand-region-guess-python-mode
(if (eq 'python expand-region-preferred-python-mode)
(require 'python-el-expansions)
(require 'python-el-fgallina-expansions))))
(eval-after-load "python-mode" '(require 'python-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "ruby-mode" '(require 'ruby-mode-expansions))
(eval-after-load "org" '(require 'org-mode-expansions))
;; unfortunately html-mode inherits from text-mode
;; and text-mode-expansions don't work well in html-mode
;; so if you want text-mode-expansions, add this to your
;; own init:
;; (eval-after-load "text-mode" '(require 'text-mode-expansions))
(provide 'expand-region)
;;; expand-region.el ends here
Jump to Line
Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.