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Emacs with Evil-mode and ESS install howto for using R
posted on 2013-10-22 11:43:20

While reading a R book, I was in need of a R IDE. Emacs with ESS was one of the options along with Eclipse or RStudio. Of course, there was also a vim alternative. After several attempts on using emacs after years with vim, I never passed even the whole introdutionary tutorial, so this was a reason to try emacs for once again. Learning shortcuts in vim seemed way easier in retrospect. Why not use emacs with vim's shortcuts?

There are several plugins available for this (i.e. Viper, Vimpulse, vim-mode...), but people on seem to agree that Evil-mode trumps them all.

General installation

According to the install howto if the Evil wiki, in Emacs24 has Evil prebuilt into it. I could not load it, even though I had v24. I do not yet know if there is a proper plugin manager for emacs (Considering emacs' age, there has to exist a proper solution?), here is how to fix this by hand. Also UndoTree will be installed, for better undo handling.

cd                  # change to home folder
mkdir -p emacs.d    # create folder if it does not exist yet
cd emacs.d
git clone git://
git clone

Once the files are here, open

emacs .emacs

and insert these lines:

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/evil")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/undo-tree")
(require 'evil)
(evil-mode 1)

Base install is now finished.

ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics

cd emacs.d
git clone
emacs .emacs

and insert

(load "~/.emacs.d/ESS/lisp/ess-site")
(require 'ess-site)

Now head over to here and get going. :-)

A last note with some shortcuts:

M-x R RET "Start R Console"
C-x C-s "save current file"
C-x C-c "close emacs"

C is CTRL, i.e. C-x means Ctrl+x. RET is the Return key.

Next step for deepening Emacs knowledge is probably an elisp-howto...

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