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Solution Description

Emacs+ [4.3.5]- Eclipse Extensions for Emacs Expatriates - provides an enhanced Emacs-like experience in the Eclipse text editors. Includes:

  • Keyboard Macros (including name, bind, save, load and auto-loading
  • M-x command execution
  • C-u universal-argument
  • Repeat command
  • C-x b, C-x 4 b, C-x 5 b with completion, search and buffer list
  • Emacs style point/mark selection with both global and buffer-local mark rings
  • Emacs style search and query/replace with regular expressions
  • A kill ring for deleted text
  • Digit argument support M-1, M-2 ... C-M-1, C-M-2 ..., etc.
  • Balanced expression (s-expression) commands
  • Split editor windows (C-x 2, C-x 3, C-x {, C-x }, C-x 4 .)
  • Frame handling (C-x 5 2, C-x 5 1, C-x 5 0, C-x 5 o)
  • Rectangle Commands
  • Register Commands
  • Tags-like searching
  • Transposition of characters, words, lines, paragraphs and s-expressions
  • Line and character commands
  • Space and blank line handling
  • Case conversion commands

An optional feature provides additional bindings for:

  • Gnu-style help commands
  • Gnu-style shift selection
  • Gnu-style GUD bindings

A complete list of supported commands and brief documentation can be found hereFeature requests and defect reports made in the Reviews section are unlikely to be noticed. Submit them here. A forum for discussion can be found at Emacs+ discussion.

Donate here.


Additional Details

Eclipse Versions: 2021-03 (4.19), 2020-12 (4.18), 2020-09 (4.17), 2020-06 (4.16), 2020-03 (4.15), 2019-12 (4.14), 2019-09 (4.13), 2019-06 (4.12), 2019-03 (4.11), 2018-12 (4.10), 2018-09 (4.9), Photon (4.8), Oxygen (4.7), Neon (4.6)

Platform Support: Windows, Mac, Linux/GTK

Organization Name: Mark Feber

Development Status: Production/Stable

Date Created: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 17:08

License: EPL

Date Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2024 - 15:35

Submitted by: Mark Feber

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April 2024 0/0 0 9
March 2024 0/0 0 19
February 2024 0/0 0 7
January 2024 0/0 0 22
December 2023 0/0 0 9
November 2023 0/0 0 17
October 2023 0/0 0 12
September 2023 0/0 0 19
August 2023 355/673 25 8
July 2023 313/668 36 6
June 2023 306/669 41 4
May 2023 334/671 36 5
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I have been using Emacs+ for years now. I was flailing when support
stopped for a while. Emacs is in my muscle memory, and nothing is
comparable for me in efficiency. But the benefit only accrues if all
the functionality I use is present. That includes registers and
rectangle commands. I occasionally eyed PyCharm to replace
Eclipse. But Emacs+ is the most complete Emacs environment outside of
Emacs itself. Any editing environment short of that standard is a show
stopper for me.

I am not associated with the author; have never met him. But I
occasionally donate to keep the plugin going. The link is easily
overlooked. Search for "Donate here" within this page.

In reply to by Andreas Paepcke

I cannot get this to install on an Eclipse 2018 version.  Unable to read repository at sites.google.com/a/mulgasoft.com/www/emacsplus/e4/update-site/content.xml.Connection reset.

Can you, or anyone else, help? I'd love to get back to using Emacs+ since the builtin does not have all the bells-and-whistles.  sites.google.com/mulgasoft.com  seems to be empty.

I am in the process of reviving emacs+ (and picking up java as I mostly develop in c++)  It has a new home at "MORE LIKE THIS" Emacs+.  I am successfully running the Emacs+ at that location on 2018-12 (4.10).  

In reply to by Stan Cox

Thank you so much for this effort, Stan. Emacs+ absence is a showstopper for me in using Eclipse. I happily paid the original developer to add registers, and rectangle support at the time. I'm happy to personally support you as well.
I installed Eclipse 2018-12(4.10) as per your post above, but get "Unable to install selected solutions   Emacs+" I used the drag-install-button method. Should I try another way? You find my contact info on the Web: "Andreas Paepcke".

Thank you again,


When I attempt to install this into the new (2019.3 AKA 4.11) version of Eclipse it says it's no longer supported! Specifically it says "The following solutions are not compatible with this version of Eclipse - Emacs+".

Problems occurred while performing provisioning operation: org.codehaus.groovy.eclipse 2.6.1.xx-20120301-1300-e36-RELEASE is unknown in the solver!
org.codehaus.groovy.eclipse 2.6.1.xx-20120301-1300-e36-RELEASE is unknown in the solver!

Thank you for saving yet another old emacs geek!
Been struggling trying to decide whether I should try and learn the native eclipse or try to cope with the sort-of-like-emacs key settings.
Every so often an emacs shortcut like Alt-Ctrl-% just pops right from the spine on to the keyboard - AND NOW IT WORKS!
What a joy to see the prompt "Query-regexp:"

Since I started my computer career in college in 1986 on a Vax 11/780, we had a choice of two editors:
vi and emacs.
The ability to code extensions in emacs using elisp immediately warmed my geeky little heart and I was hooked.

My "editing fingers" are hard coded to emacs standard, and it always takes me a moment to adjust to another editing platform. However, now I can work comfortably in eclipse without spawning an external emacs session.

Many Thanks to the authors and maintainers!

I spent few days on Juno without Emacs + and suddenly I realized that this is the most important plugin Eclipse has IMHO. It is not that difficult to work with Git or SVN without their plugins, but it is almost impossible for me to work without Emacs key bindings and standard functions accessible through ALT+X.

Eclipse guys, how comes you're not fixing bugs and let one of the most valuable and differentiating plugins to get unusable on the newer versions? I would expect you to establish a task force which will work with Mark and make Emacs + available (again) through Eclipse marketplace, but it seems that this is not the highest priority item on your list. Do you know the meaning of "differentiating functionality"? You've lost it!

You mention as the first bullet point that there are keyboard macros, but when I do C-x ( it does not start recording a macro. How do you record and use the macro facilities in your extension? Also is there any documentation for this extension?


Just found this plugin for Eclipse. I have been an emacs user for years and this is an awesome plugin that really helps me work with eclipse much faster.

Emacs+ is working in Linux for me. I am still having problems in OS X, though, because the option key acts as an additional meta key (in addition to the command key) even after installing the additional OS X support package. I hope this will get sorted out soon and that Juno will become officially supported as well.

Being an Emacs fan, I just cannot use Eclipse without this plugin. Very quality job. Looking forward to Juno support (cannot upgrade before this plugin matures)!

Thank you!

I use emacs+ every day for both work and personal projects. It would be a significant hit to lose it for Juno on.

This is an essential tool for my work. I find it very hard to be productive writing code without an emacs-like environment.

I hope that we can convince the author to support Juno in a future release. Perhaps a few donations will make it hard to refuse ;)

Emacs+ 3.6.5 does not work with Juno and apparently Mark has lost interest to make it work.

Do I really have to get used to default binding in may old days?

A civilized environment on Eclipse, Hallelujah!

As a 22 year Emacs veteran, it's such a relief to be able to actually edit text productively on Eclipse.

Before, it felt like I had spent half of my life playing the piano and then having to try to work on a child's xylophone. Now my fingers just do what they do, and Eclipse does the right thing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you! I've wasted so many hours to get emacs IDE (JDEE) to
work, in vain. A stone has fallen of my shoulders, because emacs
keybindings are indispensable for efficiency!

I seriously want to kiss you guys. It makes using eclipse on the mac possible without all the weird command key weirdness. It works like I want it to. Seriously, awesome.

Both Emacs and Eclipse are fantastic productivity multipliers. Emacs+ X Eclipse is a no-compromise, certifiable winner. When I stumbled across Emacs+, my heartbeat soared. Life is good.

Thanks Mark, this plugin is awesome.
I can finally enjoy the delights of a modern IDE without fighting muscle memory! I feel about 90% at home with the plugin.

Hi All,

I was first a lisp programmer (can we say this now :-)) and must have emacs. This is a great addition to the tool set and is a slick integration into eclipse. A solid set of commands makes life easy for those of us who just don't have the time (or desire) to learn another set of bindings. Our focus is on products and patients - people. We don't want to think about key bindings or our IDE - thank you Mark for making all of our lives better.

Many thanks!

Evan Charles Smith, MD, MS
Director of Science and Technology
Daedalus Software, Inc.

I've been using and *loving* Emacs since the dawn of time and the key bindings and functionality of Emacs are hard-wired into my fingers and brain by now. Before Emacs+ came along, I found Eclipse to be a complete bear to use, as years of muscle memory and knowing how to get things done without even thinking about it, were not only useless in Eclipse, but in fact detrimental.

Emacs+ has fixed all of this for me. Now using Eclipse is nearly as seamless as using Emacs, plus I get all the features of a modern IDE. It's practically the best of all worlds. The only thing I still really miss from Emacs is M-q filling of "//" comments.

I should also point out that this is far more than a simple set of key-bindings. It faithfully reproduces a lot of subtle Emacs behavior that you take for granted, until it's not there.

I had a problem with my key bindings, but a reinstall of Emacs+ seems to have straightened that out. Now it works great, and I don't think my old, emacs-trained fingers could ever go back!

Thank you very very much for your help to the "select balanced expression":) Now it is like boosted with nitrogen when editing in Eclipse.

And it would be really enjoyment if we emacs users can have the transient-mark-mode effect in emacs: highlight the region between the mark and the point as the point moves around.

Thank you very much again for the help on the "select balanced expression"!!

I agree with everything everyone said, but I have to say that the emacs integration truly sings on the mac because of the use of command instead of ctrl for most of the standard eclipse functions. I had avoided emacsy keybindings before because they would sometimes clobber other useful eclipse keybinding functions. But since emacs stuff on the mac uses ctrl, almost all other keybindings are left untouched.

This plugin is light years better than just the standard emacs keybindings that come with eclipse due to the buffer management, splitting of buffers with keybindings etc.

This changed how I use eclipse. Truly well done.