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bundle.el --- an El-Get wrapper

  • Wrap El-Get with easy syntax.
    • Avoiding long lines of El-Get recipes.
  • A package requirement and its initialization code are put at the same place in your Emacs init file.
  • Initialization code is automatically byte-compiled when they are evaluated for the first time.
    • This gives you a chance to find errors in your configuration.


(add-to-list 'load-path (locate-user-emacs-file "el-get/bundle"))
(unless (require 'bundle nil 'noerror)
    (goto-char (point-max))

Case Studies

Just install some package

To install a package whose source is already defined in a recipe file, use bundle macro with the package name.

(bundle color-moccur)

This is essentially equivalent to the following code.

(el-get 'sync 'color-moccur)

If you also want to require the package, use bundle! macro.

(bundle! color-moccur)

When the name of the feature you require is different from the package name (the recipe name), use FEATURE in PACKAGE form.

(bundle! yaicomplete in github:tarao/elisp)

Install some package and configure it

You can write initialization code after the package name.

(bundle anything
  (global-set-key (kbd "C-x b") #'anything-for-files))

You can provide multiple initialization code for a single package by writing bundle macro call may times. Each initialization code is evaluated when the corresponding bundle macro call is evaluated.

Initialization code is automatically compiled when they are evaluated for the first time (after you modified the file enclosing the code) if bundle-byte-compile is non-nil. The initialization code is saved to a file in bundle-init-directory together with a compiled version.

Note that you should not call functions or refer to variables defined in the package if the package is going to be autoloaded. In such case, you should use with-eval-after-load macro.

(bundle anything
  (global-set-key (kbd "C-x b") #'anything-for-files))
(with-eval-after-load 'anything
  ;; referring to `anything-map' requires "anything.el" to be loaded
  (define-key anything-map (kbd "M-n") #'anything-next-source)
  (define-key anything-map (kbd "M-p") #'anything-previous-source))

If you want the form passed to with-eval-after-load to be compiled together with the initialization code, you can use tarao's with-eval-after-load-feature instead or you will get "reference to free variable" warnings during the compilation.

(bundle! with-eval-after-load-feature
                :url "")
(bundle anything
  (global-set-key (kbd "C-x b") #'anything-for-files)
  (with-eval-after-load-feature 'anything
    ;; referring to `anything-map' requires "anything.el" to be loaded
    (define-key anything-map (kbd "M-n") #'anything-next-source)
    (define-key anything-map (kbd "M-p") #'anything-previous-source)))

Pass options to package source definitions

If you want to override a package source definition in a recipe file or define a new definition, you can pass a property list after the package name.

For example, if you want to install zenburn-theme but want to use other version than El-Get's default recipe, you can reuse the default recipe with overriding :url option.

(bundle zenburn-theme
  :url ""
  (load-theme 'zenburn t))

If you want to define a new package source, then supply full options.

(bundle! zlc
  :type github :pkgname "mooz/emacs-zlc"
  :description "Provides zsh like completion for minibuffer in Emacs"
  :website "")

The property :type is required if the package source is already defined but you don't reuse it. Otherwise, if the package source is not defined yet, you can omit :type property as long as it can be guessed from :url.

(bundle! zlc :url "")
;; equivalent to
;; (bundle! zlc :type git :url "")

Syntax sugars for package source definitions

There are some ways to specify package source options by package name modifiers. With these modifiers, you can omit :type property.

<owner>/ modifier : specifies a github owner name

gist:<id>: modifier : specifies a gist ID

<type>: modifier : specifies a type for the package

(bundle tarao/tab-group)
;; equivalent to
;; (bundle tab-group :type github :pkgname "tarao/tab-group")

(bundle! gist:4362564:init-loader)
;; equivalent to
;; (bundle! init-loader :type git :url "")

(bundle elpa:undo-tree)
;; equivalent to
;; (bundle undo-tree :type elpa)



  • bundle-byte-compile : boolean

    Whether to compile initialization code in a bundle macro call. Defaults to t.

  • bundle-init-directory : directory

    Directory where a copy of initialization code specified in a bundle macro call and its byte-compiled version are saved. Defaults to ~/.emacs.d/el-get/bundle-init/.


  • bundle ( package [ keywords ] [ form... ] )

    Install package with options keywords and run configuration form.

    keywords are elements of a property list whose keys are symbols whose names start with :. See the documentation of el-get-sources for the meanings of the keys.

    After the package is installed, the form is evaluated. When bundle-byte-compile is t, the form is saved to a file in bundle-init-directory and compiled.

  • bundle! ( [feature in] package [ keywords ] [ form... ] )

    Install and require package with options keywords and run configuration form. It is equivalent to bundle except that it requires the package.

    If feature followed by in is specified, then feature is required even though the target of package installation is package.


The original implementation of this package is merged to El-Get. While the merged versions are renamed to el-get-bundle*, this package provides the original interface (bundle*), which are just aliases to the merged versions.