Say I open a new buffer by eww-browse-url "emacs.stackexchange.com". Then, I navigate for a while, so the eww-se buffer updates its name to the current url. Same history for another buffer eww-ew, lets say by doing eww-browse-url "emacswiki.org".

Then, I switch to another different buffer, loosing the pointer to the eww buffers, so that I don't know how to refer to them programmatically.

I wonder if there is a way to switch back to a given eww buffer (eww-se, for example), without knowing its current name, or a way to check if this buffer is already open. Obviously, I don't want to go visually through the list of all open buffers. Maybe labeling the buffer or something ...

So, how can I refer to an already eww open buffer without knowing its current name ?

  • Are you using eww as it is or have you added customization to rename its buffer? For me, eww buffer is always named *eww*. Nov 17, 2014 at 16:04
  • Sure, I am renaming the buffer. My question is related to whether there exist some other way to refer to a buffer other that its name.
    – csantosb
    Nov 17, 2014 at 16:16
  • @csantosb Other than explicitly holding a reference to the buffer object somewhere, there is no way to refer to a buffer. If there was, you wouldn't need names anymore…
    – user227
    Dec 18, 2014 at 7:27

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You can iterate through (buffer-list) to find the buffer that interests you. For example, the following expression returns the list of buffers in Eww mode :

(cl-remove :test-not (lambda (buffer)
                       (with-current-buffer buffer
                         (eq major-mode 'eww-mode)))

If you want to keep track of a specific buffer after it's created, store it in a variable.


If you are using IBuffer you can filter by major mode.

Within IBuffer press /m and then enter eww-mode to only see your eww buffers.

  • 1
    I believe the question is about a way to "refer to them programmatically". Consider updating your answer to address that. Nov 18, 2014 at 4:27

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