I have recently installed emacs doom, and I tried to customise it with some custom keybindings. I have found that Evil is just not something I want. I can disable it on a per-buffer basis with M-x turn-off-evil-mode, but I do not want to have to type that command everytime I open a file

How can I disable evil mode everywhere? I don't want it.

PS: The Emacs doom documentation apparently used to explain how to this, but the link points to nowhere

  • The correct way to disable it interactively is M-x evil-mode as it's a global minor mode.
    – wasamasa
    Oct 24, 2019 at 16:48

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More explanations how to remove Evil are in .emacs.d/modules/editor/evil/README.org and to quote it:

You must do two things to remove Evil:

  1. Remove :editor evil from ~/.doom.d/init.el,
  2. Run doom refresh to clean up lingering dependencies and refresh your autoloads files.
  3. [OPTIONAL] You may want to assign new values to doom-leader-alt-key and doom-localleader-alt-key. These are bound to C-c and C-c l by default.

Read also all text there, you must make effort to implement Emacs keybinding everywhere.

One word of caution - in time normal Emacs keybindings will induce some pain for your fingers (as for me also) and a normal way to avoid such is to use Evil mode, since C- ... commands are replaced by some others keybindings not using your left thumb.

Edit: doom refresh was replaced by doom sync in newest updates.

  • I have been using emacs for some 25 years and do not have pain in my fingers. It is true that I once did, but I haven't for quite a while (15 years?). Maybe the thing that did it was when I moved the Ctrl key to the home-row where God Intended as it was on my Sun Type 6 keyboard and or the IBM XT keyboard.
    – hexmode
    Aug 2, 2020 at 22:55
  • doom refresh is now doom sync. I also disagree about the finger pain, never had any :)
    – Lalylulelo
    Oct 24, 2020 at 17:52
  • Not all people are the same. I have that pain; some others also complain about.
    – Ian
    Oct 25, 2020 at 14:35
  • You use your left thumb on the control key? How?
    – kevincasey
    Mar 6, 2021 at 16:02

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