I consider that the Golden Rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it.

Richard Stallman in The GNU Manifesto

GNU Emacs is well known for its versatility and flexibility, unfortunately there is also a big steep learning curve compared to others editors, but it is also that complexity which in the end makes it so powerful and enables you to achieve anything with the editor in the long run.

EmacSide aims to show, in a clean and easy way:

  • The most common tasks of any IDE in GNU Emacs.

  • How to have the same features other text editors have.

  • How almost any other IDE feature can be done with GNU Emacs.

  • Lets you incorporate new tricks to your software development workflow using GNU Emacs.


Videos are recorded mainly with recordMyDesktop and screenkey.

The Emacs window size should have an original aspect ratio of 16:9, 1280x720 pixels recommended.

Currently started with $ emacs --geometry 138x37.


  • Screenkeys
    • Preferences
      • Delete key: Baked
      • Modifiers mode: Emacs
  • (optional) florence to also display a keyboard on the screen.


This website is built with Jekyll, its source code is located in github.com/marcanuy/emacside.com.