I’ve been using the official GNU distribution of Emacs for Windows for the last few years and am very happy with it. Well, usually I am very happy with it until someone sends me a 25GB log file I need to analyse and the 32 bit Emacs refuses to play when faced with the enormity of the file in question.

This happened again recently so I finally decided to go look for a 64 bit Emacs for Windows, which led me to emacs-w64:


I haven’t spent a lot of time with it (yet) but first impressions are very favourable. It starts quickly, seems responsive and, well, edits texts. In other words, I like it so far and I’ll keep using it for a while to see if first impressions hold up.

Oh, and there’s also the side benefit of being emacs-w64 already having a 24.4 build available. At the time of writing, the official GNU Windows build still appears to be 24.3.

5 thoughts on “Finally trying out a 64 bit Emacs on Windows”

  1. Ah, I’m the author of emacs-w64, and I’m happy to know you use my build. However, I think GNU Emacs is not good for big files (say, bigger than 100MB). I’m curious about the feelings of editing a 25G log. Or you use something like vlf package?

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