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This is a typing game for Emacs. In this game, you type words that are picked randomly from the most frequent words in the language you are practicing, until time is up (by default it is one minute). Typit is similar to the “10 fast fingers” tests, with the difference that it is playable and fully configurable from your Emacs.

Typit typing


The package is available via MELPA, so you can just type M-x package-install RET typit RET.

If you would like to install the package manually, download or clone it and put on Emacs' load-path. Then you can require it in your init file like this:

(require 'typit)


Type M-x typit-basic-test RET and the Typit window should appear. The timer will start once you begin typing. When you are done, some statistics will be displayed:

Typit results

If you feel like a master, you can try M-x typit-advanced-test RET which uses the 1000 most common English words (typit-basic-test uses the 200 most common words). You can also call the more general typit-test with a numeric argument specifying how many words to use (note that the default dictionary has 1000 words in total at the moment).


There are some configuration parameters that allow you to change things like:

  • Faces that control the appearance of various UI elements
  • The dictionary to use (this allows us to switch between languages)
  • The location of the dictionary directory
  • The length of the generated line of words (in characters)
  • The duration of the test in seconds

To access these, type M-x customize-group RET typit RET.


If you would like to improve this package, PR and issues are welcome. Also, it is OK to add dictionaries for other languages than English. To do so, you need to create a text file named your-language.txt and put it under the dict directory. That file should contain the 1000 most common words of the language, a word per line. Please make sure that it uses the Unix-style (that is, LF) end-of-line sequence and that the file ends with a newline. Once the dictionary file is created, add it to the definition of the typit-dict customization parameter in typit.el. To try the game with the new language added, change the value of typit-dict accordingly via the customization interface, setq, or with a let-binding, and then run one of the commands that start the game (typit-basic-test, typit-advanced-test, or typit-test).


Copyright © 2016–present Mark Karpov

Distributed under GNU GPL, version 3.


Typing game for Emacs similar to the tests on 10 fast fingers







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