What's the idiomatic Emacs way to soft-require a feature, then use that feature if it's available?

The require function allows “soft require” by specifying a non-nil third argument:

(require 'projectile nil 'missing-okay)

What's the best way to then use that feature to do more things, only if the feature is now present?

(if succeeds
 (require 'projectile nil 'missing-okay)


(require 'projectile nil 'missing-okay)
(when feature-is-available 'projectile

or something else?

1 Answer 1


You just test with featurep:

(require 'projectile nil t)
(when (featurep 'projectile)

or you use that the require returns nil if it is not possible to load:

(when (require 'projectile nil t)
  • 1
    +1 for mentioning the latter - the best idiom for this.
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 14:50
  • Both of those work exactly as I want, thank you.
    – bignose
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 0:03

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