Is there any way of installing Emacs 25 or 25.1 on Ubuntu 16.10 without having to compile from source?

I want a stable install of Emacs and do not wish to install an unstable or nightly build.

  • In particular, look at – edwinksl Nov 20 '16 at 19:30
  • @edwinksl Except that that question provides no useful or relevant answers or solutions to my problem. – haziz Nov 20 '16 at 19:32
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    @edwinksl I want a stable release of emacs, not a nightly build. Emacs 25 has been released for a while. Surprising, since it is one of the most popular editors out there. – haziz Nov 20 '16 at 19:34
  • Fair enough, though you might want to specify you don't want a nightly build just in case people offer ppa:ubuntu-elisp/ppa as an answer. – edwinksl Nov 20 '16 at 19:36
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According to the r/emacs post in Reddit at, the PPA at provides the stable release of Emacs 25. To add this PPA, do:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install emacs25
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    This fixed async/await Python 3 file editing. Thanks a lot! – Natim Mar 29 at 8:25
  • Worth upgrading even if all it added was this.... – TextGeek Apr 27 at 16:41
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    @Natim Hah! I was just hunting around for a fix to that issue! – Rudolf Olah Jul 20 at 14:35
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    also don't forget to remove emacs24: sudo apt-get remove emacs emacs24* (it's replaced by the emacs25 package) – Rudolf Olah Jul 20 at 14:39

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