I installed package from M-x package-list-packages and want to disable this package without uninstalling.

UPDATE With (setq package-load-list '((company nil))) I have in *Packages* buffer:

company            0.9.3         disabled              Modular text completion framework

but completion dialog still appear.

I have

(defun my-company-prog-mode-setup ()
  (setq-local company-dabbrev-code-other-buffers 'code)
  (setq-local company-backends '((company-capf company-dabbrev-code company-files)))
  (company-mode 1))

(when (featurep 'company)
  (add-hook 'prog-mode-hook #'my-company-prog-mode-setup))

You can control which packages are loaded through the variable package-load-list. Set it in your init file, before calling package-initialize if you do this explicitly. You can reach it from the Customize interface (“Package” → “Package Load List”).

package-load-list is an list whose elements are lists whose first element is a package name (as a symbol). The second element of the list can be a string to force a specific version of the package to be loaded, t to load the latest version, or nil to disable the loading of the package. Also put all in the list, so that Emacs will load the latest version of packages which are not explicitly mentioned.

(setq package-load-list '(all
                          (unwanted-package nil)
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    Hm... (setq package-load-list '((company nil))) doesn't work for me. Seems it's better to uninstall. At least this can be done in visual way because finding package name can be cumbersome. – gavenkoa Apr 28 '17 at 20:19
  • @gavenkoa Works for me under Emacs 24.4. company-mode is not autoloaded. I forgot to mention that you should put all in the list, without it all your packages would have been disabled. Check that you're setting this before any call to package-initialize or anything that would call package-initialize, such as use-package (but if you're using use-package, see mclear's answer). – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Apr 29 '17 at 10:00
  • @gavenkoa Did you also restart Emacs? This doesn't unload the package after the fact. – npostavs Apr 29 '17 at 15:38

One of the many great things about use-package is that it lets you disable specific packages with a simple keyword (viz. :disabled t).

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    This only disables the use-package configuration, not package.el's initialization. – npostavs Apr 29 '17 at 15:34

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