Getting started with Spacemacs

With Emacs version 25.1 (or greater) installed, simply clone or download the Spacemacs configuration, first moving any existing ~/.emacs.d Emacs configuration out of the way.

Emacs install guide

Follow the Emacs installation guide if you do not have version 25.1 or greater. Ensure you have read the before you start instructions

Clone Spacemacs

Use your favourite git client or the following command in a terminal window to clone Spacemacs:

git clone ~/.emacs.d

Using Spacemacs develop branch for latest fixes

The latest updates and fixes are available much sooner if you use the develop branch of Spacemacs. > In a terminal window, change to the develop branch using the following commands:

cd ~/.emacs.d/
git checkout develop

The develop branch is very stable and its recommended that you use this branch for Spacemacs.

Run Emacs to complete the Spacemacs install

Then run Emacs as normal. Spacemacs will start installing a few key packages and then go on to ask you how you want your Spacemacs.

Answer the following questions when prompted in Emacs (just hit Enter)

Prompt Answer
Evil or Holy mode Evil
Standard or Lightweight Standard
Helm or Ivy Helm

Spacemacs will now download all its Emacs packages and this will take 5 to 10 minutes based on your Internet speed.

Once all the packages have downloaded, we recommend you restart Spacemacs, SPC q r.

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