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A fancy and fast mode-line inspired by minimalism design.

It's integrated into Centaur Emacs, Doom Emacs and Spacemacs.


The doom-modeline was designed for minimalism, and offers:

  • A match count panel (for anzu, iedit, multiple-cursors, symbol-overlay, evil-search and evil-substitute)
  • An indicator for recording a macro
  • Current environment version (e.g. python, ruby, go, etc.) in the major-mode
  • A customizable mode-line height (see doom-modeline-height)
  • A minor modes segment which is compatible with minions
  • An error/warning count segment for flymake/flycheck
  • A workspace number/name segment for eyebrowse or tab-bar-mode
  • A perspective name segment for persp-mode
  • A window number segment for ace-window, winum and window-numbering
  • An indicator for modal editing state, including evil, overwrite, god, ryo and xah-fly-keys, etc.
  • An indicator for battery status
  • An indicator for current input method
  • An indicator for debug state
  • An indicator for remote host
  • An indicator for LSP state with lsp-mode or eglot
  • An indicator for GitHub notifications
  • An indicator for unread emails with mu4e-alert and gnus
  • An indicator for IRC notifications with circe, rcirc or erc
  • An indicator for buffer position which is compatible with nyan-mode or poke-line
  • An indicator for party parrot
  • An indicator for PDF page number with pdf-tools
  • An indicator for markdown/org preview with grip
  • Truncated file name, file icon, buffer state and project name in buffer information segment, which is compatible with project, projectile and find-file-in-project.
  • New mode-line for Info-mode buffers
  • New package mode-line for paradox
  • New mode-line for helm buffers
  • New mode-line for git-timemachine buffers


























From melpa, M-x package-install RET doom-modeline RET.

In init.el,

(require 'doom-modeline)
(doom-modeline-mode 1)

;; Or use this
;; Use `window-setup-hook' if the right segment is displayed incorrectly
(add-hook 'after-init-hook #'doom-modeline-mode)


(use-package doom-modeline
  :ensure t
  :init (doom-modeline-mode 1))

;; Or use this
;; Use `window-setup-hook' if the right segment is displayed incorrectly
(use-package doom-modeline
  :ensure t
  :hook (after-init . doom-modeline-mode))

This package requires the fonts included with all-the-icons to be installed. Run M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts to do so. Please refer to the installation guide.

Strongly recommend to use doom-themes at the same time.


Run M-x customize-group RET doom-modeline RET or set the variables.

;; How tall the mode-line should be. It's only respected in GUI.
;; If the actual char height is larger, it respects the actual height.
(setq doom-modeline-height 25)

;; How wide the mode-line bar should be. It's only respected in GUI.
(setq doom-modeline-bar-width 3)

;; The limit of the window width.
;; If `window-width' is smaller than the limit, some information won't be displayed.
(setq doom-modeline-window-width-limit fill-column)

;; How to detect the project root.
;; The default priority of detection is `ffip' > `projectile' > `project'.
;; nil means to use `default-directory'.
;; The project management packages have some issues on detecting project root.
;; e.g. `projectile' doesn't handle symlink folders well, while `project' is unable
;; to hanle sub-projects.
;; You can specify one if you encounter the issue.
(setq doom-modeline-project-detection 'project)

;; Determines the style used by `doom-modeline-buffer-file-name'.
;; Given ~/Projects/FOSS/emacs/lisp/comint.el
;;   auto => emacs/lisp/comint.el (in a project) or comint.el
;;   truncate-upto-project => ~/P/F/emacs/lisp/comint.el
;;   truncate-from-project => ~/Projects/FOSS/emacs/l/comint.el
;;   truncate-with-project => emacs/l/comint.el
;;   truncate-except-project => ~/P/F/emacs/l/comint.el
;;   truncate-upto-root => ~/P/F/e/lisp/comint.el
;;   truncate-all => ~/P/F/e/l/comint.el
;;   truncate-nil => ~/Projects/FOSS/emacs/lisp/comint.el
;;   relative-from-project => emacs/lisp/comint.el
;;   relative-to-project => lisp/comint.el
;;   file-name => comint.el
;;   buffer-name => comint.el<2> (uniquify buffer name)
;; If you are experiencing the laggy issue, especially while editing remote files
;; with tramp, please try `file-name' style.
;; Please refer to
(setq doom-modeline-buffer-file-name-style 'auto)

;; Whether display icons in the mode-line.
;; While using the server mode in GUI, should set the value explicitly.
(setq doom-modeline-icon (display-graphic-p))

;; Whether display the icon for `major-mode'. It respects `doom-modeline-icon'.
(setq doom-modeline-major-mode-icon t)

;; Whether display the colorful icon for `major-mode'.
;; It respects `all-the-icons-color-icons'.
(setq doom-modeline-major-mode-color-icon t)

;; Whether display the icon for the buffer state. It respects `doom-modeline-icon'.
(setq doom-modeline-buffer-state-icon t)

;; Whether display the modification icon for the buffer.
;; It respects `doom-modeline-icon' and `doom-modeline-buffer-state-icon'.
(setq doom-modeline-buffer-modification-icon t)

;; Whether to use unicode as a fallback (instead of ASCII) when not using icons.
(setq doom-modeline-unicode-fallback nil)

;; Whether display the minor modes in the mode-line.
(setq doom-modeline-minor-modes nil)

;; If non-nil, a word count will be added to the selection-info modeline segment.
(setq doom-modeline-enable-word-count nil)

;; Major modes in which to display word count continuously.
;; Also applies to any derived modes. Respects `doom-modeline-enable-word-count'.
;; If it brings the sluggish issue, disable `doom-modeline-enable-word-count' or
;; remove the modes from `doom-modeline-continuous-word-count-modes'.
(setq doom-modeline-continuous-word-count-modes '(markdown-mode gfm-mode org-mode))

;; Whether display the buffer encoding.
(setq doom-modeline-buffer-encoding t)

;; Whether display the indentation information.
(setq doom-modeline-indent-info nil)

;; If non-nil, only display one number for checker information if applicable.
(setq doom-modeline-checker-simple-format t)

;; The maximum number displayed for notifications.
(setq doom-modeline-number-limit 99)

;; The maximum displayed length of the branch name of version control.
(setq doom-modeline-vcs-max-length 12)

;; Whether display the workspace name. Non-nil to display in the mode-line.
(setq doom-modeline-workspace-name t)

;; Whether display the perspective name. Non-nil to display in the mode-line.
(setq doom-modeline-persp-name t)

;; If non nil the default perspective name is displayed in the mode-line.
(setq doom-modeline-display-default-persp-name nil)

;; If non nil the perspective name is displayed alongside a folder icon.
(setq doom-modeline-persp-icon t)

;; Whether display the `lsp' state. Non-nil to display in the mode-line.
(setq doom-modeline-lsp t)

;; Whether display the GitHub notifications. It requires `ghub' package.
(setq doom-modeline-github nil)

;; The interval of checking GitHub.
(setq doom-modeline-github-interval (* 30 60))

;; Whether display the modal state icon.
;; Including `evil', `overwrite', `god', `ryo' and `xah-fly-keys', etc.
(setq doom-modeline-modal-icon t)

;; Whether display the mu4e notifications. It requires `mu4e-alert' package.
(setq doom-modeline-mu4e nil)

;; Whether display the gnus notifications.
(setq doom-modeline-gnus t)

;; Wheter gnus should automatically be updated and how often (set to 0 or smaller than 0 to disable)
(setq doom-modeline-gnus-timer 2)

;; Wheter groups should be excludede when gnus automatically being updated.
(setq doom-modeline-gnus-excluded-groups '(""))

;; Whether display the IRC notifications. It requires `circe' or `erc' package.
(setq doom-modeline-irc t)

;; Function to stylize the irc buffer names.
(setq doom-modeline-irc-stylize 'identity)

;; Whether display the environment version.
(setq doom-modeline-env-version t)
;; Or for individual languages
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-python t)
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-ruby t)
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-perl t)
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-go t)
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-elixir t)
(setq doom-modeline-env-enable-rust t)

;; Change the executables to use for the language version string
(setq doom-modeline-env-python-executable "python") ; or `python-shell-interpreter'
(setq doom-modeline-env-ruby-executable "ruby")
(setq doom-modeline-env-perl-executable "perl")
(setq doom-modeline-env-go-executable "go")
(setq doom-modeline-env-elixir-executable "iex")
(setq doom-modeline-env-rust-executable "rustc")

;; What to display as the version while a new one is being loaded
(setq doom-modeline-env-load-string "...")

;; Hooks that run before/after the modeline version string is updated
(setq doom-modeline-before-update-env-hook nil)
(setq doom-modeline-after-update-env-hook nil)


  1. How to display icons correctly?

    all-the-icons are necessary. Run M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts to install the resource fonts. On Windows, the fonts should be installed manually. all-the-icons only support GUI. If you don't like color icons, (setq all-the-icons-color-icons nil) to disable it. Please refer to all-the-icons.el for details.

    If the icons are not displayed correctly although all-the-icons fonts are installed correctly, please install the non-free font Symbola. This issue usually occurs on Windows.

    If you are using cnfonts, it will conflict with all-the-icons. The workaround is here.

  2. I am experiencing the laggy issue, how to resolve it?

    Add this configuration into your init file:

    ;; Don’t compact font caches during GC.
    (setq inhibit-compacting-font-caches t)
  3. A ridiculous path is displayed on the mode-line while visiting a symbolink.

    It's the default behaviors of Vanilla Emacs. If you want to display the real names, please put this into your init file.

    (setq find-file-visit-truename t)

    If the file is controlled by vc, refer to the documentation of vc-follow-symlinks.

  4. Why doesn't change of branch reflect in modeline?

    Actually it's related to magit and vc-mode.

  5. Can I add my mode-line segments myself? How to do that? How can I define my own mode-line?

    There are two methods.

    • If the information is simple, just add to mode-line-misc-info or global-mode-string.

    • Use doom-modeline-def-modeline to define your own mode-line and set it as default.

      For example:

      ;; Define your custom doom-modeline
      (doom-modeline-def-modeline 'my-simple-line
        '(bar matches buffer-info remote-host buffer-position parrot selection-info)
        '(misc-info minor-modes input-method buffer-encoding major-mode process vcs checker))
      ;; Add to `doom-modeline-mode-hook` or other hooks
      (defun setup-custom-doom-modeline ()
         (doom-modeline-set-modeline 'my-simple-line 'default))
      (add-hook 'doom-modeline-mode-hook 'setup-custom-doom-modeline)
  6. How to specify font family in modeline?

    For example:

    (setq doom-modeline-height 1)
    (set-face-attribute 'mode-line nil :family "Noto Sans" :height 100)
    (set-face-attribute 'mode-line-inactive nil :family "Noto Sans" :height 100)


      '(mode-line ((t (:family "Noto Sans" :height 0.9))))
      '(mode-line-inactive ((t (:family "Noto Sans" :height 0.9)))))

    Please refer to #189 and #301.

  7. How to disable symbolic links expanding in mode-line?

    If you encounter the issue like this


    please try this setting

    ;; built-in `project' on 26+
    (setq doom-modeline-project-detection 'project)
    ;; or `find-in-project' if it's installed
    (setq doom-modeline-project-detection 'ffip)

    For more details, refer to #209 and #224.


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