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Downloading XEmacs

Please try and pick a site that is networkologically close to you. If you would like to mirror XEmacs or its website, please read the following documents :

To get started quickly: For many platforms such as Windows, Linux, open source BSDs, and Mac OS X, recent versions of XEmacs are included in various distributions. Commercial Unix versions may also have precompiled binary distributions.

Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
The Cygwin distribution provides a Unix emulation environment, and a setup tool which you can use to select and download XEmacs itself, various add-on packages for XEmacs, and binary utilities such as aspell and its dictionaries and the patch and diff utilities. (Windows Vista is not heavily tested yet, but it should work.)
Mac OS X
The Fink and MacPorts projects both provide XEmacs packages, as well as the third party utilities.
FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
The FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD projects all provide XEmacs ports.
All of the major Linux vendors provide XEmacs packages, often in various configurations. Use the usual tool for your distro to select, download, and install XEmacs.
Commercial Unixes
The Solaris Open Source Companion Disk contains a package of XEmacs. The HP/UX Porting Center provides a distribution of XEmacs, too.

You can also use the precompiled executables that can be found in the binaries directory in the mirrors below. However, many facilities provided by XEmacs require other binaries (eg, the patch and diff utilities, or ispell and its dictionaries) and you will have to get them yourself. Binaries are made by volunteers, so they are not available for all supported platforms.

  • For Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP: You can get the current stable version of XEmacs InnoSetup install kit, but there are a variety of versions of XEmacs and styles of installer available. These include bothCygwin and native Windows versions, as well as (older) versions using InstallShield or Wise installers. (For Cygwin versions, you will need to obtain the wonderful Cygwin UNIX emulation package from if you haven't done so already).

  • For UNIX: Oldish binaries for XEmacs 21.1.3 are available for Linux, Solaris, AIX, Irix, FreeBSD, NetBSD, HP/UX, and DEC OSF. Binaries for some version of XEmacs 21.4 are available for a few platforms. (21.4 was just promoted into the stable version, and 21.1 retired.) However, it is normally quite easy, and much preferable, to download the sources and build XEmacs yourself on any of the vast number of supported platforms -- a sophisticated auto-configuring script is provided to simplify the process.

  • For MacOS: No standalone binaries are currently available.

  • Releases:

    Please consult the Release Notice Archive for recent releases and changes they contain.

    • Stable XEmacs
    • Gamma XEmacs
    • Beta XEmacs
    • Historical XEmacs
    • Official Packages
    • Package Pre-Releases

    Here are some tips for manual navigation through the XEmacs download area:

  • The latest stable release can be found in directory current in the mirrors below.
  • The latest stable release candidate (``gamma'') can be found in directory gamma in the mirrors below. These releases are quite stable, as far as we know, and get more so with each release.
  • The latest developmental branch release can be found in directory beta in the mirrors below. Be warned, beta releases can be unstable.
  • The latest official xemacs package rleases can be found in directory packages in the mirrors below.
  • The latest xemacs pre-release packages can be found in directory beta/experimental/packages in the mirrors below. Be warned, pre-release packages can be unstable as they serve the purpose of initial testing and fast distribution of suggested fixes.
  • Some installation instructions are available. The XEmacs build process has changed with the 21.1 and 21.2 releases; please consult the instructions if you are upgrading from an older version!


    We also support downloading by anonymous rsync - for example, to view the directory containing the current stable release, try:

    rsync rsync.xemacs.org::xemacsftp/current/