Windows 10, Emacs 25.

I use package highlight-symbol for highlighting text. It's very useful.

But after 3 years of using it was not enough for me.

Is Emacs has another package with same or more powerfull capabilities?

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    What capabilities are you looking for? You aren't asking for anything specific, so it's hard to tell what you need.
    – user12563
    Aug 31, 2017 at 13:34
  • I want to compare with another "highlight" packages. Maybe another package has more capabilities. Please give me a list of this kind of packages. Thanks.
    – lmdic
    Aug 31, 2017 at 13:54
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    Tell us why "it was not enough for [you]". What did you want to do that it couldn't do? There's no point in people making suggestions if they won't solve your problem.
    – phils
    Aug 31, 2017 at 23:31
  • I need more colors
    – lmdic
    Sep 1, 2017 at 15:37

1 Answer 1


As the comment by @DoMinNeLa suggests, your question as written is too broad, so it risks being closed. Please consider specifying one or more particular kinds of highlighting behavior you are looking for.

That said, here are a couple of libraries you can use to highlight symbols. They offer similar features to what highlight-symbol.el offers, but also other features.

  • Highlight Lisp Functions (library hl-defined.el)

    Highlight symbols that are known to be defined functions and/or variables in an Emacs-Lisp buffer. Or you can highlight symbols that are not known to be defined functions or variables.

  • Library Highlight (highlight.el)

    General highlighting features.

  • I need more colors for highlight.
    – lmdic
    Sep 1, 2017 at 15:36
  • What does that mean, specifically. You can use any number of colors and any number of faces. You are not specifying your need/question -- You are not using specific terms.
    – Drew
    Sep 1, 2017 at 18:33

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