How to install Emacs 27.1 via PPA on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04

For those who prefer the Deb package to the containerized Snap or Flatpak package, Emacs Text Editor 27.1 is now available for installation via Ubuntu PPA in all current releases.

GNU Emacs 27.1 Released over a month ago. Thanks to Kevin Kelley, you can now install it on Ubuntu. PPA repository..

PPA Package Features:

  • Native JSON support
  • ACL support
  • libgmp support
  • Support for enhanced text rendering with Cairo and HarfBuzz
  • Removed ImageMagick support
  • Remove xwidgets support for Ubuntu 16.04.

How to install Emacs 27.1 via PPA on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04

1. Open a terminal from the System Application Launcher or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard. Once open, run the command to add the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs

Enter your user password (without asterisk feedback) when prompted and press Enter to continue.

How to install Emacs 27.1 via PPA on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04

2. Next, update the system package cache and use the two commands to install the editor.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install emacs27

If you prefer, you can install a text-only user interface. sudo apt install emacs27-nox..

How to install Emacs 27.1 via PPA on Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04

PPA emacs26 And emacs25 Package of choice.

(Optional) To uninstall the PPA, go to Software and Updater-> Other Software or run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kelleyk/emacs

Also, if necessary, run a command to remove the Emacs text editor.

sudo apt remove --autoremove emacs27
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