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Emacs Mac Port

What is this?

Official repository:

This is "Mac port" addition to GNU Emacs 28. This provides a native GUI support for OS X 10.10 - macOS 12. Note that Emacs 23 and later already contain the official GUI support via the NS (Cocoa) port. So if it is good enough for you, then you don't need to try this.


If you find a bug, then please try to reproduce it with some official builds such as X11 or NS (Cocoa). If it turns out to be specific to the Mac port, then please report it to Otherwise (i.e., it is also reproducible with official ones), report it using M-x report-emacs-bug USING THE OFFICIAL BUILD as such.


This build has many features, a great number of which are particularly helpful for Mac users. You can see the full list here.

Installation options


If you'd like to install with Homebrew, please:

$ brew tap railwaycat/emacsmacport

and then

$ brew install emacs-mac

If you are using cask:

brew install --cask emacs-mac or brew install --cask emacs-mac-spacemacs-icon

To disable this tap, please:

$ brew untap railwaycat/emacsmacport

Pre-built Download

Pre-built bundles can be downloaded from the release page:

Bundles are the same as those from Homebrew Cask.

Support macOS versions:

  • Intel Mac
    • Monterey (macOS12)
    • Big Sur (macOS11)
  • Apple Silicon Mac
    • Monterey (macOS12)

For macOS versions not be listed above, please install from Homebrew formula (install without --cask).

Intel Mac bundles are built by GitHub Actions, the version support limitation is from the macOS versions they support currently.

Apple Silicon bundles are built on a M1 Mac with Tart. The version support limitation is because Apple only supports macOS virtualization since Monterey (macOS12).

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