How to Install Spacemacs on Windows

Install Emacs and Git

Install Emacs. Install Git for Windows.

Find your Emacs Config

Open Explorer and navigate to your home directory. It should contain an .emacs.d directory:

shows .emacs.d in home dir

What if I don't see an AppData folder?

It might be a hidden folder. If so, you can show it:

Windows option to Show hidden files, folders, and drives

Backup your Emacs Config

Rename the .emacs.d directory to something else:

shows renaming .emacs.d to .emacs.d.old

Download the Spacemacs Config with Git

Open a command prompt and cd to your home directory:

cd to home directory at a command prompt

Run the git clone command:

git clone .emacs.d

run the Git clone with the spacemacs URL

What if Git can't be found?

If you get this message:

'git' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

then you need to add the Git bin directory (C:\Program Files\Git\bin) to your path. Here's an example of adding a directory to your system path.

Run Emacs for HTTP Updates

Start Spacemacs (Emacs) with the --insecure option from a command prompt:

running runemacs.exe --insecure

This is because the default Emacs install seems to have trouble with HTTPS on Windows. Once you've installed Spacemacs, you may want to configure it to avoid HTTPS.

Setup your Preferences

Choose whether you want Vim or Emacs key bindings (I typed vim and pressed enter):

shows the choose emacs or vim prompt during spacemacs install

Also, choose which configuration you want (I typed spacemacs and pressed enter):

chose the spacemacs default distribution to install

After setting these options, Spacemacs will download the needed updates.

We're done!

Next: How to close the Spacemacs install log window


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