I usually download Emacs for Windows from the official GNU site:


The latest version is: emacs-24.5-bin-i686-mingw32.zip

I'm curious that why there's no 64-bit?

From the Emacs manual:


2.1 Where can I download Emacs?

Pre-compiled versions are distributed from ftp.gnu.org mirrors. Emacs binaries are distributed as zip files, digitally signed by the developer who built them. Generally most users will want the file emacs-24.5-bin-i686-pc-mingw.zip for the 32-bit build, and emacs-24.5-bin-x86_64-w64-mingw32.zip for the 64-bit build. The zip archive contains everything you need to get started.

The latest source is available from ftp.gnu.org mirrors. It is distributed as a compressed tar file, digitally signed by the maintainer who made the release.

The development version of Emacs is available from Savannah, the GNU development site.

Since the manual said there's 64-bit, where is it?


Here is the response from the debugs.gnu.org:



  1. The FAQ docs is obsolete.
  2. 64-bit Emacs on Windows is built by volunteers, and there's no such volunteer currently.
  3. They've removed the obsolete docs from the Emacs repo. Web pages get updated at next release.
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    To my knowledge there is no "official" 64-bit Emacs version for Windows; however, there is a person enthusiastic about building a 64-bit version and I regularly receive notices that updates are avaiable -- see Drew's comment below for the link. It comes with the necessary .dll files for viewing images.
    – lawlist
    Jun 19, 2015 at 3:05
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    @lawlist: To my knowledge also. And here is one. OP: If you don't get a positive answer about an official one, consider filing a doc bug for that claim that there is one: M-x report-emacs-bug.
    – Drew
    Jun 19, 2015 at 3:07
  • Great stuff - downloaded and works a treat. Someone buy that man a pint!
    – Dave F
    Jun 19, 2015 at 11:18
  • @Drew Thank you. I downloaded the Emacs from your link. Just one small problem: There's no runemacs.exe, only emacs.exe, each time I run emacs, it would create a black console windows behind it. And if I close this console window, Emacs would quit. Any way to get rid of this black console?
    – Nick
    Jun 19, 2015 at 13:39
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    @DaveF I went to that sourceforge site again and clicked on Release, found emacs 24.5.1. There's runemacs.exe as usual. Thank you very much. I also think bind the apps key(the key between right alt and right ctrl) to M-x, as the official emacs do, would save a lot of time: ` (global-set-key (kbd "<apps>") (lookup-key global-map (kbd "M-x")))`
    – Nick
    Jun 19, 2015 at 14:20

3 Answers 3


Courtesy of @Drew, here is a 64-bit Emacs for Windows:


If you want a stable version, make sure download the Release, not latest version. From my experience, the latest version is Emacs 25.x, and there's no runemacs.exe in it.

(Please note this is not the official GNU version.)

As of November 2016, the author has also made it available on Github: https://github.com/zklhp/emacs-w64. The latest stable version is already 25.1

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    Downvoted: I think that sourceforge can no longer be relied upon as a reliable site for code / binary distribution. (See gimp, nmap and other account hijacking by sourceforge)
    – Squidly
    Jun 23, 2015 at 12:18
  • @MrBones It seems this is the only option we can find, or else we have to build from source. This port of 64-bit Emacs works fine with Dave F and me.
    – Nick
    Jun 23, 2015 at 12:32
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    Sure, but the only option doesn't make it legit. I agree that it sucks, but I don't think sourceforge is an acceptable option.
    – Squidly
    Jun 23, 2015 at 12:36
  • @Squidly: Perhaps you should tell that to zklhp?
    – SamB
    Oct 23, 2015 at 19:27
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    There are releases provided on GitHub: github.com/zklhp/emacs-w64/releases Sep 19, 2016 at 13:00

As of December 2016, there is now a 64-bit version of GNU Emacs for Windows on the official GNU downloads sites.

From the FAQ: GNU Emacs FAQ for MS Windows

At time of writing, the latest version of GNU Emacs is version 25.1.

For example, in one of the download sites, I notice the following file:


It seems to be a 64 version. Also, Cygwin 64 also seems to have a 64-bit emacs-X11; if you update your packages in Cygwin, it should come over as the most-recent version.

  • They are a 64 bit version for sure. Also, for Emacs-25, there is a file with all the dependencies.
    – Phil Lord
    Oct 28, 2017 at 13:09
  • By now I've started using Emacs from Cygwin (yes it's 25 if you upgrade it). If you're using a 64-bit Cygwin distribution, then the Emacs is 64-bit too.. it's working OK!
    – Jordan Gee
    Oct 30, 2017 at 18:54

Chocolatey seems to have a 64 bit emacs package - I can't evaluate it yet as I'm downloading it now..

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    It uses exactly the same source as http://emacsbinw64.sourceforge.net/
    – Nick
    Jul 4, 2016 at 14:37

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