Centaur Emacs - A Fancy and Fast Emacs Configuration
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Centaur Emacs

This is an Emacs distribution that aims to enhance the default Emacs experience. It alters a lot of the default settings, bundles a plethora of additional packages and adds its own core library to the mix. The final product offers an easy to use Emacs configuration for Emacs newcomers and lots of additional power for Emacs power users.

It's able to run on Windows, GNU Linux and macOS. It is compatible ONLY with GNU Emacs 25.1 and above. In general you're advised to always run with the latest stable release - currently 26.1.


  • Out of box.
  • Clean and Fast.
  • Quick fuzzy search.
  • Better Org support.
  • Support multiple programming languages
    • C/C++/C#/Java
    • Ruby/Python/Perl/PHP/Shell/Powershell
    • Javascript/Typescript/JSON/YAML
    • Golang/Swift
    • Markdown
    • ...
  • Auto completion.
  • Fly syntax check.
  • Fly spell check.
  • Git/SVN integration.
  • Projectile integration.
  • Workspace integration.
  • Pomodor integration.
  • Youdao dictionary integration.
  • Support Chinese fonts and calendar.
  • Support Pinyin search.



  • GNU Linux
  • macOS
  • Windows (Cygwin)

GNU Emacs

Please refer to Installing Emacs.


Recommend to use Centaur Dotfiles.

Quick Start


mv ~/.emacs.d ~/.emacs.d.bak
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/seagle0128/.emacs.d.git ~/.emacs.d

or download the zip package directly and extract to ~/.emacs.d.

Then start emacs. Wait for a while to install packages at the first startup. Enjoy!


# Update Centaur Emacs (then restart), including configurations and packages
M-x centaur-update
M-x centaur-update-and-restart

# Update Emacs configurations only
M-x centaur-update-config

# Update ~/.dotfiles if it exists
M-x centaur-update-dotfiles

# Update packages only (then restart)
M-x centaur-update-packages
M-x centaur-update-packages-and-restart

# Update all including configurations, packages and dotfiles
M-x centuar-update-all



M-x customize-group and select centaur. Set and save the configurations, then restart Emacs.


Copy custom-template.el to custom.el and change the configurations, then restart Emacs.

For Example:

(setq centaur-logo nil)                        ; Logo file or nil (official logo)
(setq centaur-full-name "user name")           ; User full name
(setq centaur-mail-address "user@email.com")   ; Email address
(setq centaur-proxy "")          ; Network proxy
(setq centaur-package-archives 'emacs-china)   ; Package repo: melpa, melpa-mirror, emacs-china, netease or tuna
(setq centaur-theme classic)                   ; Color theme: default, classic, dark, light or daylight
(setq centaur-dashboard nil)                   ; Use dashboard at startup or not: t or nil
(setq centaur-lsp nil)                         ; Set LSP client: lsp-mode, eglot or nil
(setq centaur-ivy-icon nil)                    ; Display icons in ivy or not: t or nil
(setq centaur-benchmark t)                     ; Enable initialization benchmark or not: t or nil

The default pacakge archives is melpa. You can change it in custom.el, or switch manually via M-x switch-package-archives anytime.

For the personal configurations, you could put to ~/.emacs.d/custom-post.el.







  1. Why is the modline messy?

    Powerline fonts or all-the-icons are missing on your system. Please install powerline-fonts for telephone-line or run M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts for doom-modeline.

  2. How to search Chinese via pinyin?

    In Emacs, C-s :. If you just want to search :, use C-s \:.

  3. How to use the Centaur Dashboard?

    Set (setq centaur-dashboard t) in ~/.emacs.d/custom.el. Dashboard will be opened at startup. After startup, you could use F2 to reopen it anytime. In the dashboard, you could easily jump to Homepage(H), Restore Session(R), Edit Config (E), Update(U), Recent Files (r), Bookmarks(m) and Projects(p).

  4. Does Centaur Emacs support Language Server Protocol (LSP)?

    LSP is supported and enabled by default in Centuar Emacs now. eglot is the default client, and lsp-mode is another choice. Before use it you should install language servers as below. Use (setq centaur-lsp nil) to disable LSP if you don't like it.

    • Golang: go get -u github.com/sourcegraph/go-langserver
    • Python: pip install python-language-server
    • Ruby: gem install solargraph
    • Javascript/Typescript: npm i -g javascript-typescript-langserver
    • CSS: npm i -g vscode-css-languageserver-bin
    • HTML: npm i -g vscode-html-languageserver-bin
    • Bash/Shell: npm i -g bash-language-server. Require Python2.5+, use --python to specify.
    • C/C++/Objective-C : brew install cquery or dwonload binary from here.
    • Rust: rustup component add rls-preview rust-analysis rust-src
    • Java:
      wget http://download.eclipse.org/jdtls/snapshots/jdt-language-server-latest.tar.gz
      tar jdt-language-server-latest.tar.gz -C ~/.emacs.d/eclipse.jdt.ls/server/
    • PHP: refer to the installation guide.
      composer require felixfbecker/language-server
      composer run-script --working-dir=vendor/felixfbecker/language-server parse-stubs
  5. How to enable plantuml in org-mode?

    Put (setq org-plantuml-jar-path "<path of plantumx.x.x.jar>") in custom.el.

  6. Why the Emacs environment variables and exec-path are different between GUI and terminal?

    Please refer to #33. You should instead set environment variables in startup files like .profile, .bash_profile or .zshenv, then Centaur Emacs is able to recoginze and import the environment variables.