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Install Doom Emacs on Windows

I recently noticed that Xah had trouble installing Doom Emacs on Windows. Here’s how to install it on Windows 7, 8 and 10+ using Chocolatey in case it helps someone else.

For Windows 10+, using WSL and Ubuntu makes the installation similar to other operating systems, but if you don’t want to use WSL or are running an earlier version of Windows, Chocolatey works the same for all of them.

Install Chocolatey

To install Chocolatey itself, press the Windows key to open the Start menu, type power on the keyboard to filter the options and then right-click Windows PowerShell to run it using the Administrator account.

Run PowerShell as Administrator

Chocolatey’s web installation requires at least PowerShell v3.0+ and .NET Framework v4.5+, so check the installed versions and upgrade if needed.

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-Host | Select-Object Version


PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-ChildItem 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP' -Recurse | Get-ItemProperty -Name version -EA 0 | Where { $_.PSChildName -Match '^(?!S)\p{L}'} | Select PSChildName, Version

PSChildName                                                 Version
-----------                                                 -------
v2.0.50727                                                  2.0.50727.5420
v3.0                                                        3.0.30729.5420
Windows Communication Foundation                            3.0.4506.5420
Windows Presentation Foundation                             3.0.6920.5011
v3.5                                                        3.5.30729.5420
Client                                                      4.8.03761
Full                                                        4.8.03761

Install Chocolatey using the command given in the instructions and then close the console with exit.

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\Windows\system32> Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))
Getting Chocolatey from
WARNING: It's very likely you will need to close and reopen your shell before you can use choco.
You may need to shut down and restart powershell and/or consoles first prior to using choco.
PS C:\Windows\system32> exit

Close the PowerShell console and restart it again using the Administrator account.

Install Emacs

In the PowerShell Administrator console, use Chocolatey to install the Windows-native packages for git, emacs, ripgrep, llvm and fd. I also like to install hunspell to get spell-checking support. Use exit to close the PowerShell console afterwards.

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\Windows\system32> choco install git emacs ripgrep llvm fd hunspell.portable -y
Chocolatey v0.12.1
Installing the following packages:
 - hunspell.portable v1.7.0
 - emacs v27.2.0.20210423
 - git.install v2.35.1.2
 - ripgrep v13.0.0.20210621
 - llvm v13.0.1
 - fd v8.3.2
 - git v2.35.1.2
PS C:\Windows\system32> exit
Install Doom

To install the Doom package, use the Start menu to run the Windows cmd prompt as the regular user and then cd to the appropriate directory depending on the Windows version.

On Windows 7, the configuration files should be installed into the user’s %APPDATA% directory.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\ccammack>echo %APPDATA%

C:\Users\ccammack>cd %APPDATA%


On Windows 8+, the configuration files should be installed into the user’s %USERPROFILE% directory.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\System32>echo %USERPROFILE%

C:\Windows\System32>cd %USERPROFILE%


Next, run git clone and doom install to clone and install the required configuration packages, approximately following the installation instructions, making adjustments for the different treatment of the ~ character and path separators in Windows.

During the installation, answer y to the prompt Generate an envvar file?.

Note any error messages and instructions that appear at the end of the installation output.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.


C:\Users\ccammack\AppData\Roaming>git clone --depth 1 .emacs.d
Cloning into '.emacs.d'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 1090, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (1090/1090), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1036/1036), done.
remote: Total 1090 (delta 29), reused 566 (delta 15), pack-reused 0
Receiving objects: 100% (1090/1090), 1007.70 KiB | 4.16 MiB/s, done.

Resolving deltas: 100% (29/29), done.

C:\Users\ccammack\AppData\Roaming>.emacs.d\bin\doom install
> Installing straight...
  > Cloning use-package...
> Executing 'doom install' with Emacs 27.2 at 2021-24-07 09:50:08
Generate an envvar file? (see `doom help env` for details) (y or n) y
Doom cannot install all-the-icons' fonts on Windows!
You'll have to do so manually:
   1. Launch Doom Emacs
   2. Execute 'M-x all-the-icons-install-fonts' to download the fonts
   3. Open the download location in windows explorer
   4. Open each font file to install them

Finished! Doom is ready to go!

But before you doom yourself, here are some things you should know:

1. Don't forget to run 'doom sync', then restart Emacs, after modifying
   ~/.doom.d/init.el or ~/.doom.d/packages.el.

   This command ensures needed packages are installed, orphaned packages are
   removed, and your autoloads/cache files are up to date. When in doubt, run
   'doom sync'!

2. If something goes wrong, run `doom doctor`. It diagnoses common issues with
   your environment and setup, and may offer clues about what is wrong.

3. Use 'doom upgrade' to update Doom. Doing it any other way will require
   additional steps. Run 'doom help upgrade' to understand those extra steps.

4. Access Doom's documentation from within Emacs via 'SPC h d h' or 'C-h d h'
   (or 'M-x doom/help')

Have fun!

Finished in 8m51s
Run Doom Emacs

The Windows executable for Emacs is runemacs.exe and is located in C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\bin\runemacs.exe when installed via Chocolatey.

Either create a new shortcut with the Target: set to C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\bin\runemacs.exe or run it directly from the console.

Doom Emacs Shortcut
Doom Emacs First Run
Install Required Fonts

The little orange square at the bottom left corner of the screen that says E897 indicates that the correct font for that character has not been installed.

To download the missing fonts inside Emacs, press the space bar followed by the : character and enter the search text install fo. In the documentation style for Doom Emacs, this command would look like SPC : install fo.

Entering this command shortcut inside Emacs will begin a so-called Meta-x command (M-x) and find the command matching the search string install fo. Doing this will cause Emacs to suggest the command all-the-icons-install-fonts, which is the correct command to run.

Press Enter to run the selected command.

Doom Emacs Install Fonts

Emacs will then ask for confirmation with the prompt This will download and install fonts, are you sure you want to do this? (y or n).

Enter y to continue.

Doom Emacs Confirm Install Fonts

Next, Emacs will ask for a directory where the fonts should be downloaded. Use the up and down arrow keys or enter filter text to select matching directories from the list.

If needed, enter ../ to move up one directory and list the directories there.

Doom Emacs Request Download Directory

For example, if the current directory is c:/ProgramData/chocolatey/bin, type ../../Dow to go up two directories and select the Windows Downloads directory.

Press Enter to finalize the selection and download the required fonts.

Doom Emacs Select Download Directory
Doom Emacs Finished Download

Press the space bar followed by q q (SPC q q) to exit Emacs, then open the Downloads folder and right-click each font file to install them.

Doom Emacs Install Downloaded Windows Fonts

Restart Emacs and note that the little orange square previously at the bottom left corner now appears as a lock, indicating that the required fonts have been installed.

Doom Emacs Corrected Fonts