I'm new to Emacs (after 10+ years of Vim) and want to use it primarily for clojure.

Coming from Lighttable, one thing I absolute liked was the way it evaluated just the right sections of code no matter where I am. This is basically: Evaluating a paragraph surrounding the cursor position. Some examples (|| represents the cursor, $FROM ... TO$ represents what I'd like to have evaluated):


(my-func ||[:test :one])

(defn [y]
  (let [x y]
    (println|| "xy")))


So basically I want to evaluate the paragraph (Note: Not necessarily a top level form since I surround them in (comment)). I have no knowledge of Elisp. I tried this as an effort.

(defun my-cider-eval-paragraph ()
  (interactive )
     (command-execute 'cider-eval-region)))

But I'm clearly making many mistakes. Edit: Actually, my example works if I just change safe-excursion to save-excursion. Funny, I actually think both spellings makes sense.

Thanks for reading.

  • Does cider-eval-defun-at-point not do what you want?
    – Dan
    Jan 30, 2015 at 17:12
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    I dont do clojure and can't test this. but I looked at the source for cider-eval-region and perhaps this will work: (cider-eval-region (save-excursion (backward-paragraph) (point)) (save-excursion (forward-paragraph) (point)) instead of using command-execute and mark-paragraph, the source of cider-eval-region is very simple, so it may be a problem with the region. What exactly goes wrong with your example? Jan 30, 2015 at 17:19
  • @Dan: No this doesn't do what I want. I want it independent of defn's. @Jordon Biondo: Yes, this seems to do exactly what I wanted. I just realized I'd like the result actually "pprint"ed but cider does not offer a pprint-region which I guess makes sense since a region might contain multiple forms. If you submit it as an answer (and possibly note why mine doesnt work) I'll accept the answer. Jan 30, 2015 at 18:33
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    Actually, I just realized I made a very silly mistake and misspelt "save-excursion". My example then does work. Sorry for the noise. Jan 30, 2015 at 18:39
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    @Vanessa: could you post your own correction as an answer and accept it? That will mark this question as answered.
    – Dan
    Jan 30, 2015 at 19:50

2 Answers 2


Although this is not pristine elisp, the following should work.

(defun my-cider-eval-paragraph ()
    (command-execute 'cider-eval-region)))

Note this is exactly what you wrote, except the macro is called saVe-excursion.


lispy provides a vi-like experience for LISP dialects, including Clojure. It integrates with CIDER.

You can eval the current Clojure expression with e. For instance, starting with this code, with point represented by |, and CIDER already running:

|(defn sqr [x]
  (* x x))

(filter odd? (map sqr [1 2 3 4 5]))
  • e: #'user/sqr
  • je: (1 9 25)
  • fe: (1 4 9 16 25)
  • fe: [1 2 3 4 5]
  • he: (1 4 9 16 25)
  • he: (1 9 25)
  • ke: #'user/sqr

If you want to implement something on your own instead, look at lispy's le-clojure. It's around 100 lines of CIDER integration, but the important stuff for you is something like:

(let* ((str (buffer-substring-no-properties
       (res (nrepl-sync-request:eval str))
       (val (nrepl-dict-get res "value")))
  (message "result: %s" val))

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