YASnippet is a template system for Emacs. It allows you to type an abbreviation and automatically expand it into function templates. Bundled language templates include: C, C++, C#, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL, LaTeX, HTML, CSS and more. The snippet syntax is inspired from TextMate's syntax, you can even import most TextMate templates to YASnippet. Watch a demo on YouTube or download a higher resolution version.
Install the most recent version
Clone this repository somewhere
$ cd ~/.emacs.d/plugins $ git clone --recursive https://github.com/capitaomorte/yasnippet
Add the following in your
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/plugins/yasnippet") (require 'yasnippet) (yas-global-mode 1)
Add your own snippets to
~/.emacs.d/snippets by placing files there or invoking
Install with el-get
El-get is a nice way to get the most recent version, too. See https://github.com/dimitri/el-get for instructions. Be sure to install the "master" branch since the 3.x series still use the old googlecode code, base. Consider using this "local" recipe.
(push '(:name yasnippet :website "https://github.com/capitaomorte/yasnippet.git" :description "YASnippet is a template system for Emacs." :type github :pkgname "capitaomorte/yasnippet" :features "yasnippet" :compile "yasnippet.el") el-get-sources)
yas-minor-mode on a per-buffer basis
To use YASnippet as a non-global minor mode, replace
(yas-global-mode 1) with
(yas-reload-all) to load the snippet tables. Then add a call to
(yas-minor-mode) to the major-modes where you to enable YASnippet.
(add-hook 'prog-mode-hook '(lambda () (yas-minor-mode)))
Where are the snippets?
Yasnippet no longer bundles snippets directly, but it's very easy to get some!
If you git-cloned yasnippet with the
--recursive option you'll also
download "git submodules" and find two subdirs under the main tree.
The default configuraiton already points to this dir, so to use them, just make sure the submodule really was downloaded (i.e. there are some files under
Points to a github repo of the yasmate tool, which is dedicated to converting textmate bundles into yasnippet snippets.
To use these snippets you have to run the tool first, so see its doc), and then point the
yas-snippet-dirsvariable to the
If you have a working ruby environment, you can probably get lucky directly with
Naturally, you can point
yas-snippet-dirs to good snippet collections out
there. If you have created snippets for a mode, or multiple modes,
consider creating a repository to host them, then tell users that it
should be added like this to
(setq yas-snippet-dirs '("~/.emacs.d/snippets" ;; personal snippets "/path/to/some/collection/" ;; foo-mode and bar-mode snippet collection "/path/to/yasnippet/yasmate/snippets" ;; the yasmate collection "/path/to/yasnippet/snippets" ;; the default collection )) (yas-global-mode 1) ;; or M-x yas-reload-all if you've started YASnippet already.
Documentation, issues, etc
Please refer to the comprehensive (albeit slightly outdated) documentation for full customization and support. If you find a bug, please report it on the GitHub issue tracker. (please do not submit new issues to the old googlecode tracker)
Important note regarding bug reporting
If you think have found a bug, please report it clearly. Yasnippet does have (lots of) bugs and your reports are very valuable. Here's a great example of a bug report. It has everything needed for a sucessfull analysis and speedy resolution:
Before reporting try to reproduce the bug without your usual
.emacs (or whatever startup file you use). Do so either by starting
emacs from the command line with the
-Q switch, or by temporarily
moving away your
.emacs and creating a new smaller one just for
reproducing the bug. Paste that file in your bug report. Paste any sequence
of relevant shell commands before you launch Emacs.
Then, describe steps taken to reproduce from an end-user perspective. Try to be as unambiguous as possible.
Also, don't forget to state the Emacs version (use
M-x emacs-version) and
the yasnippet version you are using (if using the latest from github,
git log -1 in the dir).
Any more info is welcome, but don't just paste a backtrace or an error message string you got. I'm not saying your analysis might not be useful but following the instructions above immediately gives me a clear picture of what is happening.
There is also a YASnippet google group. I will keep the group open for reference and for discussion among users, unfortunately I can't guarantee a timely response, so maybe creating a github issue clearly marking your intent (user support/bug/feature request).
Finally, thank you very much for using YASnippet!