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Global Emacs Key Bindings for OS X

Emacs keybindings everywhere in Mac OS X

by lelf

Update: there’s some more

I feel very sorry for you’re emacser on mac and haven’t got anything in ~/Library/KeyBindings/

Crash course:

  • Get this file: Emacs Opt Bindings.dict

  • Edit it (optionally), — it’s self-explainary. Then save (creating the directory if there isn’t one) as ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict

  • ...

  • PROFIT! Enjoy, for example your ⌥F doing forward-word. Everywhere. Well, mostly.

Applications will pick this up after restaring (apps, not computer).

P.S.

It should look like this

{ "f" = "moveWordForward:"; "b" = "moveWordBackward:"; "<" = "moveToBeginningOfDocument:"; ">" = "moveToEndOfDocument:"; }

© 2013 Anton Nikishaev Generated by Hakyll, don't edit! All rights strawberry preserved.

{
/* Keybindings for emacs emulation. Compiled by Jacob Rus.
*
* This is a pretty good set, especially considering that many emacs bindings
* such as C-o, C-a, C-e, C-k, C-y, C-v, C-f, C-b, C-p, C-n, C-t, and
* perhaps a few more, are already built into the system.
*
* BEWARE:
* This file uses the Option key as a meta key. This has the side-effect
* of overriding Mac OS keybindings for the option key, which generally
* make common symbols and non-english letters.
*/
/* Ctrl shortcuts */
"^l" = "centerSelectionInVisibleArea:"; /* C-l Recenter */
"^/" = "undo:"; /* C-/ Undo */
"^_" = "undo:"; /* C-_ Undo */
"^ " = "setMark:"; /* C-Spc Set mark */
"^\@" = "setMark:"; /* C-@ Set mark */
"^w" = "deleteToMark:"; /* C-w Delete to mark */
/* Incremental search. */
/* Uncomment these lines If Incremental Search IM is installed */
/* "^s" = "ISIM_incrementalSearch:"; /* C-s Incremental search */
/* "^r" = "ISIM_reverseIncrementalSearch:"; /* C-r Reverse incremental search */
/* "^g" = "abort:"; /* C-g Abort */
/* Meta shortcuts */
"~f" = "moveWordForward:"; /* M-f Move forward word */
"~b" = "moveWordBackward:"; /* M-b Move backward word */
"~<" = "moveToBeginningOfDocument:"; /* M-< Move to beginning of document */
"~>" = "moveToEndOfDocument:"; /* M-> Move to end of document */
"~v" = "pageUp:"; /* M-v Page Up */
"~/" = "complete:"; /* M-/ Complete */
"~c" = ( "capitalizeWord:", /* M-c Capitalize */
"moveForward:",
"moveForward:");
"~u" = ( "uppercaseWord:", /* M-u Uppercase */
"moveForward:",
"moveForward:");
"~l" = ( "lowercaseWord:", /* M-l Lowercase */
"moveForward:",
"moveForward:");
"~d" = "deleteWordForward:"; /* M-d Delete word forward */
"^~h" = "deleteWordBackward:"; /* M-C-h Delete word backward */
"~\U007F" = "deleteWordBackward:"; /* M-Bksp Delete word backward */
"~t" = "transposeWords:"; /* M-t Transpose words */
"~\@" = ( "setMark:", /* M-@ Mark word */
"moveWordForward:",
"swapWithMark");
"~h" = ( "setMark:", /* M-h Mark paragraph */
"moveToEndOfParagraph:",
"swapWithMark");
/* C-x shortcuts */
"^x" = {
"u" = "undo:"; /* C-x u Undo */
"k" = "performClose:"; /* C-x k Close */
"^f" = "openDocument:"; /* C-x C-f Open (find file) */
"^x" = "swapWithMark:"; /* C-x C-x Swap with mark */
"^m" = "selectToMark:"; /* C-x C-m Select to mark*/
"^s" = "saveDocument:"; /* C-x C-s Save */
"^w" = "saveDocumentAs:"; /* C-x C-w Save as */
};
}
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lipi commented Jun 25, 2016

Using alt/option as meta: enable 'use option as meta key' in Terminal / Preferences / Keyboard

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MyoThuraZaw commented Nov 9, 2019

It does not work in MacOS Catalina. Please kindly update the gist.

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kbroderick commented Dec 13, 2019

It does not work in MacOS Catalina. Please kindly update the gist.

It works for me, at least for M-f / M-b / M-d in Chrome (which are the ones I most often use and thus the ones I tested). I just created a ~/Library/KeyBindings folder and put this in it as DefaultKeyBinding.dict.

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bozakov commented May 12, 2020

I can confirm M-f / M-b / M-d don't seem to work in Catalina with a German layout (works with 'use option as meta key' in Terminal). Any suggestions to get this system-wide?

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