Currently I have the following init file to install and use use-package:

;; Package.el
(require 'package)
(setq package-enable-at-startup nil) 
(add-to-list 'package-archives  '("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/"))

;; use-package
(unless (package-installed-p 'use-package)
  (package-install 'use-package))

;; use use-package
;; (use-package some-pack :ensure another-pack)  

Not all packages work with use-package, so I am extending it with quelpa. I need to install both the extension and quelpa itself. It seeems it could work like this:

(use-package quelpa-use-package
  :ensure t
  (setq quelpa-update-melpa-p nil)
  (setq quelpa-self-upgrade-p nil))

If I start my init file in this way, I do not get any error. However, when I try to add a git package, such as matrix-client:

(use-package matrix-client
  :quelpa (matrix-client :fetcher github :repo "alphapapa/matrix-client.el"
                         :files (:defaults "logo.png" "matrix-client-standalone.el.sh")))

I get at startup:

Error (use-package): Failed to parse package matrix-client: use-package: Unrecognized keyword: :quelpa

How can I install quelpa-use-package from use-package? (If I can)

2 Answers 2


I got the same error: "use-package: Unrecognized keyword: :quelpa" with emacs 26.3. And after I:

  • Verified packages installed: use-package, quelpa, quelpa-use-package ( I installed them all by M-X package-install)
  • Add below to my .emacs file
(require 'use-package)
(require 'quelpa-use-package)

The command (which was similar to your command) worked correctly:

(use-package gdb-mi :quelpa (gdb-mi :fetcher git
  :url "https://github.com/weirdNox/emacs-gdb.git"
  :files ("*.el" "*.c" "*.h" "Makefile"))
  (fmakunbound 'gdb)
  (fmakunbound 'gdb-enable-debug))

May this help you.


I'm using Emacs 29 and this is how I bootstrap quelpa and quelpa-use-package using use-package.

(require 'package)
(setq package-archives
      '(("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/"))
      use-package-always-ensure t)


(require 'use-package-ensure)

(use-package quelpa

(use-package quelpa-use-package

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