Getting started with Spacemacs

  1. Install prerequisites: Emacs version 26.3, Java 8 or 11 and the Recommended Command Line tools.
  2. Clone or download the Spacemacs, first removing ~/.emacs.d if it already exists.
  3. Clone the practicalli/spacemacs.d configuration, or run the Spacemacs install wizard and follow the additional configuration section.

Clone Spacemacs

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

git clone -b develop https://github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs ~/.emacs.d

Use Spacemacs develop branch until version 0.300 released

Many features in this guide are only available in the develop branch of Spacemacs until version 0.300 of Spacemacs is released.

Clone Practicalli Spacemacs configuration

Open practicalli/spacemacs.d GitHub website and fork the repository to your own account (this makes it easier to save your own configuration).

Clone your fork of Practicalli Spacemacs configuration to .spacemacs.d directory, substituting your own github account name for my-github-account in the command below.

git clone git@github.com:my-github-account/spacemacs.d.git ~/.spacemacs.d

Cloning the repository adds a .spacemacs.d/init.el configuration file which should be used instead of ~/.spacemacs, so ensure a .spacemacs file does not exist before running Spacemacs.

Configuration options

.spacemacs.d/init.el file is the recommended location for a Spacemacs configuration as the .spacemacs.d directory is a git repository, so its contents can be version controlled, including snippets, layouts, etc. If the practicalli.spacemacs.d repository is not used, then a .spacemacs configuration file is created when Spacemacs first runs. Read the additional configuration section to add support for Clojure and many other development tools. The .spacemacs file can be backed up at a GitHub Gist, SPC g g b.

Adding fonts and icons for doom modeline

Practicalli/spacemacs.d configuration uses the modern looking doom modeline theme, which requires a few fonts and icons.

SPC SPC all-the-icons-install-fonts once Spacemacs is running will install the fonts. SPC q r to restart Spacemacs and see the finished results

Spacemacs - doom-gruvbox-light theme - home and spacemacs config buffers

Spacemacs is ready for action

Spacemacs is now up and running and ready to take on the world.

If you already know how to use Spacemacs, jump to the Clojure Projects section, otherwise look through the Spacemacs Basics section to learn how to use Vim style editing and work with files, buffers and windows in Spacemacs.

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