Installing Emacs

Obviously to use the Emacs Prelude you have to install Emacs first. Have a look at the WikEmacs articles on installing Emacs.



You can install Emacs Prelude via the command line with either curl or wget. Naturally git is also required.

Via Curl

If you're using curl type the following command:

curl -L | sh

Via Wget

If you're using wget type:

wget --no-check-certificate -O - | sh


Make sure you do not have any ~/.emacs file present.

git clone git:// path/to/local/repo
ln -s path/to/local/repo ~/.emacs.d
cd ~/.emacs.d

If you are using Windows, you should check what Emacs thinks the ~ directory is by running Emacs and typing C-x d ~/<RET>, and then adjust the command appropriately.

Updating Prelude

Manual update

The update procedure is fairly straightforward and consists of 3 steps:

Update all bundled packages

Just run M-x package-list-packages RET U x.

Update Prelude's code

cd path/to/prelude/installation
git pull

The path/to/prelude/installation is usually ~/.emacs.d (at least on Unix systems).

Restart Prelude

It's generally a good idea to stop Emacs after you do the update. The next time Prelude starts it will install any new dependencies (if there are such).

Automatic update

Simply run M-x prelude-update from Emacs itself and restart Emacs afterwards.

Pinning packages

By default, Prelude will install packages from the melpa and gnu package repositories. Occasionally package integration can break when upgrading packages. This can be avoided by pinning packages to stable versions in other repositories. To do so, copy prelude-pinned-packages.el from the sample directory to Prelude's root directory and adjust the variables inside accordingly.

Enabling additional modules

By default most of the modules that ship with Prelude are not loaded. For more information on the functionality provided by these modules visit the docs.

;;; Uncomment the modules you'd like to use and restart Prelude afterwards

(require 'prelude-c)
;; (require 'prelude-clojure)
;; (require 'prelude-coffee)
;; (require 'prelude-common-lisp)
;; (require 'prelude-css)
(require 'prelude-emacs-lisp)
(require 'prelude-erc)
;; (require 'prelude-erlang)
;; (require 'prelude-elixir)
;; (require 'prelude-haskell)
(require 'prelude-js)
;; (require 'prelude-latex)
(require 'prelude-lisp)
(require 'prelude-org)
(require 'prelude-perl)
;; (require 'prelude-python)
;; (require 'prelude-ruby)
;; (require 'prelude-scala)
(require 'prelude-scheme)
;; (require 'prelude-scss)
;; (require 'prelude-web)
(require 'prelude-xml)

You'll need to adjust your prelude-modules.el file once the installation is done.

In case of an automated installation, you'll find this file in the personal directory of your Emacs installation.

If you are doing a manual install then you first need to copy the prelude-modules.el available in the sample directory to the root of path/to/prelude/installation and then adjust that one.

After you've uncommented a module you should either restart Emacs or evaluate the module require expression with C-x C-e.