emacsclient – tells a running Emacs to visit a file


emacsclient [options] files …


This manual page documents briefly the emacsclient command. Full documentation is available in the GNU Info format; see below. This

manual page was originally written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, but is not specific to that system.

emacsclient works in conjunction with the built-in Emacs server.

You can either call emacsclient directly or let other programs run it for you when necessary. On GNU and Unix systems many programs

consult the environment variable EDITOR (sometimes also VISUAL) to obtain the command used for editing. Thus, setting this environ‐

ment variable to ’emacsclient’ will allow these programs to use an already running Emacs for editing. Other operating systems might

have their own methods for defining the default editor.

For emacsclient to work, you need an already running Emacs with a server. Within Emacs, call the functions “server-start” or “server-

mode”. (Your “.emacs” file can do this automatically if you add either “(server-start)” or “(server-mode 1)” to it.)

When you’ve finished editing the buffer, type “C-x #” (“server-edit”). This saves the file and sends a message back to the emac‐

sclient program telling it to exit. The programs that use EDITOR wait for the “editor” (actually, emacsclient) to exit. “C-x #” also

checks for other pending external requests to edit various files, and selects the next such file.

If you set the variable “server-window” to a window or a frame, “C-x #” displays the server buffer in that window or in that frame.


Most options follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (“-“).

Go to the specified line and column. A missing column is treated as column 1. This option applies only to the next file spec‐


-a, –alternate-editor=EDITOR
if the Emacs server is not running, run the specified editor instead. This can also be specified via the ALTERNATE_EDITOR

environment variable. If the value of EDITOR is the empty string, run “emacs –daemon” to start Emacs in daemon mode, and try

to connect to it.

-c, –create-frame
create a new frame instead of trying to use the current Emacs frame

-F, –frame-parameters=ALIST
set the parameters of a newly-created frame.

-d, –display=DISPLAY
tell the server to display the files on the given display.

-e, –eval
do not visit files but instead evaluate the arguments as Emacs Lisp expressions.

-f, –server-file=FILENAME
use TCP configuration file FILENAME for communication. This can also be specified via the EMACS_SERVER_FILE environment vari‐


-n, –no-wait
returns immediately without waiting for you to “finish” the buffer in Emacs.

-nw, -t, –tty
open a new Emacs frame on the current terminal

-s, –socket-name=FILENAME
use socket named FILENAME for communication.

-V, –version
print version information and exit

-H, –help
print this usage information message and exit


Normally, the exit status is 0. If emacsclient shuts down due to Emacs signaling an error, the exit status is 1.


The program is documented fully in Using Emacs as a Server available via the Info system.


  • man 1 emacsclient, Version 25.2+1-6+b1


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