Autocompletion of HTML file by company-mode is not working except when M-x company-web-html is explicitly called.

I'm expecting, for example, type 'di' in an html file, and get suggested 'div' for instance.

Here's my .emacs:

;; web stuff

;; automatically load web-mode when opening web-related files
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.ts\\'" . web-mode))
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.html?\\'" . web-mode))
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.css?\\'" . web-mode))
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.js\\'" . web-mode))
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.scss\\'" . web-mode))

;; company-web configuration
;(add-to-list 'company-backends 'company-web-html)
;(add-to-list 'company-backends 'company-web-jade)
;(add-to-list 'company-backends 'company-web-slim)

;; set indentations
(defun my-web-mode-hook ()
  "Hooks for Web mode."
  (setq web-mode-markup-indent-offset 2)
  (setq web-mode-code-indent-offset 2)
  (setq web-mode-css-indent-offset 2)
(add-hook 'web-mode-hook  'my-web-mode-hook)
(setq tab-width 2)

;; highlight of columns
(setq web-mode-enable-current-column-highlight t)
(setq web-mode-enable-current-element-highlight t)

;; set the company completition vocabulary to css and html when in web-mode
(defun my-web-mode-hook ()
  (set (make-local-variable 'company-backends)
       '(company-css company-web-html company-yasnippet company-files))

;; emmet settings
;; turn on emmet in web-mode
(add-hook 'web-mode-hook  'emmet-mode)

;; emmet to switch between html and css properly in the same document
(add-hook 'web-mode-before-auto-complete-hooks
          (lambda ()
            (let ((web-mode-cur-language
              (if (string= web-mode-cur-language "php")
                  (yas-activate-extra-mode 'php-mode)
                (yas-deactivate-extra-mode 'php-mode))
              (setq emmet-use-css-transform
                    (string= web-mode-cur-language "css")))))

;; use company-mode in all buffers
(add-hook 'after-init-hook 'global-company-mode)

When I do M-x company-web-html it autocompletes.

  • Too broad. Please pose a specific question, which solicits a specific answer.
    – Drew
    Jan 31, 2020 at 23:49
  • i want autocompletion for html and css(scss) file when they are loaded.
    – logan
    Jan 31, 2020 at 23:51
  • "Help setting up" and "doesn't work" don't pose a specific question.
    – Drew
    Feb 1, 2020 at 0:20
  • ok i'll fix it :)
    – logan
    Feb 1, 2020 at 0:21
  • Please don't just dump your .emacs and expect us to debug it.
    – Stefan
    Feb 1, 2020 at 1:03

1 Answer 1


company-capf is the backend which should interface to mode's completion support in emacs versions >= 26

In addtion, look into using lsp and using the company-lsp backend.

Instructions for installing css helpers are here:



npm install -g vscode-css-languageserver-bin

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