Install Emacs 26.2 & Keep Updated via Snap in Ubuntu 18.04 / Higher


The latest Gnu Emacs text editor 26.2 now can be easily installed it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and even ubuntu 16.04 via Snap package.

Snap is a containerised software package runs in most Linux desktop. It bundles most required runtime libraries and auto-updates itself.

The community build of Gnu Emacs snap package is available a few days ago. And you can easily installed in Ubuntu via following steps.


Install Gnu Emacs Snap in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply search for and install Gnu Emacs in Ubuntu Software utility.

There are a few Emacs packages available, DO CHECK the package details for package version and source


For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install snapd daemon first via command:

sudo apt install snapd

Typer your password for sudo prompts (no visual feedback) and hit Enter.


Then run command to install Emacs 26.2 snap package:

sudo snap install emacs --classic


Like normal software packages, open Emacs 26 from your system application launcher once installed.

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.