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Less is more

Meow is yet another modal editing mode for Emacs.

Meow aims to blend modal editing into Emacs with minimal interference with its original key-bindings, avoiding most of the hassle introduced by key-binding conflicts. This leads to lower necessary configuration and better integration. More is achieved with fewer commands to remember.

Key features compared to existing solutions:

  • Minimal configuration – build your own modal editing system
  • No third-party dependencies (try it without touching your configuration)
  • Doesn’t occupy too many keys
    • Much easier to remember for people trying modal editing
    • More keys available for your own key-bindings
    • Most of the time, you don’t even need to hold shift!
  • Lightning fast (unlike Evil)
  • Minimizes modifier usage (e.g. SPC x f for C-x C-f) inspired by god-mode
  • Better workflow for kmacro application at multiple locations
  • Interactive selection manipulation and expansion inspired by avy
  • Selection as top-tier object, and keybindings built around selection
  • Compatible with the vanilla Emacs keymap (or any other keymap from any package)
  • Effortless uniform keymaps across modes
  • Key-binding conflict handling made easy


Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas in the Discussion.


Get started - Installation and configuration

Tutorial - Learn Meow in 15 minutes

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Commands - Documentation for commands

Customizations - Helper functions and variables

Explanation - Ideas and concepts behind Meow

Changelog - Changes, releases, and news


Licensed under GPLv3.