Emacs Lisp Yasnippet Templates

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Yasnippet Templates for Emacs Lisp Mode

Xah Lee, 2009-02-24, ..., 2011-01-11

This pages is a set of abbrev and YASnippet templates for emacs lisp coders.

emacs-lisp-mode Abbrevs

The abbrev list contains ~78 most frequently used elisp functions. For example:

  • “add-hook” has abbrev “ah”.
  • “search-forward” has abbrev “sf”.
  • “thing-at-point” has abbrev “tap”.
  • “defun” has abbrev “d”.

Each abbrev is based on first letters of the words in function names.

If you are not familiar with emacs's abbrev feature, see: Using Emacs's Abbrev Mode for Abbreviation.

YASnippets Templates for emacs-lisp-mode

The YASnippet are for expanding function names to its full syntax and parameters. It contains ~145 of most frequently used elisp functions.

For example, type buffer-substring-no-properties , press Tab, then it becomes (buffer-substring-no-properties START▮ END). Here's a picture of more examples, when used together with abbrev:

bsnp ▮
(buffer-substring-no-properties START▮ END)

Another example:

sfr ▮
(search-forward-regexp "▮" &optional BOUND NOERROR COUNT)

If you are not familiar with yasnippet, see: Emacs Templates with YASnippet.


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