Emacs Software

mg – Micro Emacs derivative

mg is a Micro Emacs derivative. It’s a portable version of mg maintained by the OpenBSD team.

mg is intended to be a small, fast, and portable editor for people who can’t (or don’t want to) run Emacs for one reason or another, or are not familiar with the vi editor, or other editors. mg is compatible with Emacs.

When a file is loaded into mg, it is stored in a buffer. This buffer may be displayed on the screen in more than one window. At present, windows may only be split horizontally, so each window is delineated by a modeline at the bottom. If changes are made to a buffer, it will be reflected in all open windows.

Multi-byte character sets, such as UTF-8, are not supported.

Features include:

  • Supports tag files created by ctags, allowing the user to quickly locate various object definitions. Emacs uses etags, not ctags.
  • Supports navigating source code using cscope.
  • Normal editing commands are very similar to Emacs.

Website: github.com/troglobit/mg
Support: Alternative Fork – GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Dave Conroy (original author), Bob Larson, Mic Kaczmarczik, Mike Meyer, Sandra Loosemore, Michael Portuesi, Stephen Walton, Marion Hakanson, and many contributors
License: Free and unencumbered software released into the public domain


mg is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Since mg is written completely in C, there is currently no language in which extensions can be written; however, keys can be rebound and certain parameters can be changed in startup files.

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