I can't find a clear tutorial for how to install GNU Emacs on Windows 10. Normally there are a few tricks required to get it running properly, so I thought I would ask here before trying one of the Windows 8 tutorials.

The specific “flavour” of Emacs is not particularly important.

  • Welcome to Emacs.SE! This is not yet a good fit for the site because it is either straightforward (follow the install instructions) or too open-ended ("what tricks do I need")? Try installing and, if you run into specific problems, come back with discrete questions for the site.
    – Dan
    Mar 1, 2017 at 18:33
  • Maybe the instructions you link to seem straight forward to you but not to me. On both the mirrors and the main page I am expected to know which file I want from the name alone. Maybe this is a simple request for somebody in the community but even giving the link to the install instructions helped.
    – Keith
    Mar 2, 2017 at 21:24
  • Go for it, not much has changed since windows 8 for installing Emacs.
    – Emacs User
    Mar 2, 2017 at 22:43
  • Can you at least tell me which zip file I should download?
    – Keith
    Mar 3, 2017 at 4:56
  • There are more detailed instructions at ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/windows/README
    – npostavs
    Oct 1, 2017 at 21:42

2 Answers 2


Some third-party Windows package managers offer a straightforward installation of GNU Emacs on Windows 7+. Notes:

  • Chocolatey requires an administrative shell access, whereas Scoop does not and makes installation portable.
  • Both Chocolatey and Scoop install 64-bit Emacs on 64-bit host system.
  • Both Chocolatey and Scoop automatically create corresponding shims so that Emacs can be called from the console via emacs (GUI version) or emacs -nw (terminal session).



Open elevated PowerShell and install the choco package manager, then install emacs package:

choco install emacs


By default an icon is added to the start menu and the launcher can be found at C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\bin\runemacs.exe.


choco update emacs


choco uninstall emacs



Open PowerShell and install the scoop package manager, then add extras repo (you will need to install git and 7zip as well):

scoop bucket add extras

Install emacs package:

scoop install emacs


By default an icon is added to the start menu into the Scoop Apps folder and the launcher can be found at ~\scoop\apps\emacs\current\bin\runemacs.exe.


scoop update emacs


scoop uninstall emacs
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    On Windows10: emacs64 not installed. The package was not found with the source(s) listed. -> with emacs it worked.
    – Andreas L.
    Jun 2, 2021 at 14:40
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    @AndreasL. I appreciate your feedback! Many things have changed since I wrote this answer which I now have rewritten from the ground up thanks to your comment. Currently, cinst emacs already installs emacs-27.2-x86_64.zip on 64-bit systems, and support for emacs64 appear to be dropped, so I deleted this portion as irrelevant. Also, I added an alternative package manager Scoop for completeness.
    – andselisk
    Jun 2, 2021 at 16:14

After reading many tutorials and readmes I was unable to install Emacs and spacemacs on my machine until now. It is super easy.

  1. create a folder in a directory you wish to install (eg I'd like to install on drive c:/
  2. add a new user variable named HOME and valued to the created folder (eg c:/emacs/
  3. download the latest version of Emacs
  4. extract the content of the downloaded file into the folder you have created a couple of steps ago. (eg c:/emacs/)
  5. open runemacs.exe located in c:/emacs/bin/ directory; this would generate a folder named .emacs.d in c:/emacs/

installing spacemacs

  1. quit Emacs
  2. download spacemacs
  3. extract the content in the c:/emacs/.emacs.d directory
  4. finally re-execute runemacs.exe.

I've learned about the instruction in this video

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    I think it's valuable to point out that HOME does not need to point to the place where you extract the content of your downloaded emacs zip file.
    – Stefan
    Oct 30, 2019 at 12:17

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