Not Emacs is a text editor for programmers that supports many of the most common emacs keybindings. It allows editing iCloud documents that are automatically available from other devices. The app has been designed to be used with an external Bluetooth keyboard, but if you forgot it at home, it is still possible to get by with the extended virtual keyboard.

This app is based on the ymacs editor ( and the Gambit Scheme programming system ( It has syntax highlighting for the following languages: Lisp, Scheme, JavaScript, CSS and XML.

What’s New

Version 1.1

- Fixed issue which caused crash on 64 bit devices (iPhone5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus)

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings
Davidswelt3845890 ,

true emacs style - isolated from the OS and other apps

It's impossible to get text out of it into another editor. In true Emacs style, the Emacs kill ring is not integrated with the iOS pasteboard. After much searching, I found a non-standard copy_for_operating_system command, whose keybinding did not work. Invoked with M-x, it displays the region and says: Press Ctrl-C to copy. Doesn't work. And it won't let me select it either to copy via the standard iOS (context menu) method.

The file can be written into some sort of iCloud area, but that has been irretrievable so far.

If you can't get your text out of the editor, what's the point?

Not Emacs is missing many features standard to Emacs. Major modes are not included (no syntax highlighting or special functions for, e.g. TeX). So I'm not sure what I could possibly do with this app (as opposed to a better designed text editor).

So far, it only ate my text and I'll have to re-type it.

4$VV ,


I think this is it, a text editor I can actually use on my iPhone! if only there were a way to use the iOS “open in” capability to transfer files to and from other apps, it would do everything I need it to.

Chris420815 ,

Nice approach

Nice approach to have a good text editor in iOS.
I was unable to find out how to use iCloud with NotEmacs.
Any hint on how to do that?
Otherwise, it would be very helpful to have the "open in..." feature available for NotEmacs.
Thanks for making this App available!


Marc Feeley
17.6 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Marc Feeley


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

More By This Developer

You May Also Like