How to Install GNU Emacs on Windows 10

GNU Emacs is a popular text editor that is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing GNU Emacs on Windows 10.

Step 1: Download GNU Emacs

The first step is to download the latest version of GNU Emacs from the official website. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open your preferred web browser.
  2. Go to
  3. Click on the "Download" button located on the top navigation bar.
  4. Select the version of Emacs you want to download.
  5. Click on the download button next to the version you selected.

Step 2: Install GNU Emacs

Once you have downloaded the Emacs installation file, follow these steps to install it on your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Locate the downloaded Emacs installation file in your Downloads folder or wherever you saved it.
  2. Double-click on the Emacs installation file to begin the installation process.
  3. Click "Yes" when the User Account Control window appears.
  4. Choose a folder to install Emacs in. By default, this is "C:\Program Files (x86)\emacs-XX.X\bin", where "XX.X" represents the version number.
  5. Click "Next" to proceed with the installation.
  6. Select the additional components you want to install, or leave the default settings unchanged.
  7. Click "Next" to proceed.
  8. Choose the start menu folder where you want to create Emacs shortcuts, or leave the default setting unchanged.
  9. Click "Next" to proceed.
  10. Click "Install" to begin the installation process.
  11. Wait for the installation process to complete.
  12. Click "Finish" to exit the installation wizard.

Step 3: Launch GNU Emacs

Now that you have installed Emacs on your Windows 10 computer, you can launch it by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Type "Emacs" in the search box.
  3. Click on the Emacs icon to launch the application.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GNU Emacs on your Windows 10 computer.

If you want to self-host in an easy, hands free way, need an external IP address, or simply want your data in your own hands, give a try!