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When I start emacsclient from command line as below:

emacsclient -a '' -c "$@"

It always starts in the background (terminal window on top of emacsclient window), so I have to use mouse to click the window to switch to emacsclient.

It's really frustrating, can I get emacsclient to focus the frame that pops up when invoked from command line?

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  • This is probably more a function of the window manager/desktop environment, than of emacs/emacsclient. In my case, the new frame pops up on top of the terminal window, e.g. (Gnome 3.20 on Fedora 24). – NickD Aug 7 '17 at 21:52
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You might be able to use the server-switch-hook and raise the frame. Something like:

(add-hook 'server-switch-hook #'raise-frame)

If that leaves you without focus on the new frame you might try something like this instead:

(add-hook 'server-switch-hook (lambda () (select-frame-set-input-focus (selected-frame))))

If you are looking to have a shell command to bring up an Emacs frame (without specifying one or more files to edit), you can also do this from the command line:

emacsclient -e "(raise-frame)"
  • It doesn't work. but it sounds like if add a filename at the command line, emacs will popup to foreground but without file to open, it will stay at background. – lucky1928 Aug 8 '17 at 19:43
  • If you don't need to pass file name arguments you can also call a function from the command line, e.g.: emacsclient -e '(raise-frame)' – glucas Aug 8 '17 at 19:45
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    Your (select-frame-set-input-focus (selected-frame)) advice worked for me. – Tim Stewart May 25 '18 at 16:23

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