JS mode (formerly Espresso)

For more general information on working with JavaScript in Emacs, see the JavaScript page.

For a long while there was debate and back-and-forth about JavaScript support in Emacs. There were a number of different options, in various stages of maturity and completion. As of Emacs 23.2, there is a standard major mode for editing javascript: js-mode. It is derived and updated from Espresso-mode.

Espresso-mode itself is a fork of Karl Landstrom’s JavaScript mode (described below), but with additional features and robustness improvements. For the legacy page, see For the current js-mode, just get a current Emacs (23.2 or later). If you have a back-rev of Emacs, see EmacsDevelopmentSources for how to get js-mode.

js-mode includes:

JavaScript mode

Anything with the name “javascript-mode” or “javascript” is likely deprecated – and decrepit. The following links are kept around for information, but if you are using JavaScript, you want js-mode or Js2Mode.

Usually this name refers to Karl Landstrom’s implementation:

Another obsolete implementation by Peter Kruse:

The one from XEmacs also works fine in GNU Emacs:

The Mewde Project contain XEmacs’ javascript mode while adding Mozilla Spider Monkey Project Javascript-Shell support. It works inside Emacs, but only primitively.

Fix for Greasemonkey scripts

The following fix from Sylecn addresses a bug where the metadata block in Greasemonkey scripts confuses the syntax highlighter:

    (eval-after-load 'js
         (setq js--regexp-literal-fix
         (setq js-font-lock-syntactic-keywords-fix
               ;; "|" means generic string fence
               `((,js--regexp-literal-fix (1 "|") (2 "|"))))
         (setq js-font-lock-syntactic-keywords js-font-lock-syntactic-keywords-fix)))

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