How to install Emacs on Windows

Navigate to the Emacs download section, and click the mirror link:

shows the nearby GNU mirror link on the Emacs download page

Select Windows:

shows selecting the windows folder

Download the latest Emacs .zip file:


Extract the .zip file

select Extract All

Copy the folder to c:/Program Files. If you want, rename the folder to emacs (this is optional).

shows a folder named emacs

Open the bin folder, and start runemacs.exe:

shows a file named runemacs.exe

An Emacs window should appear:

shows the Emacs editor being opened


You can also optionally add the bin path to your system path so you can type "emacs" from a command prompt to open Emacs. If needed, here's an example of how to add a path to your system path.


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