.ELC File

.elc is Emacs Compiled Lisp File

Key Features: .ELC File Extension

Features Description
File Extension .elc
Format N/A
Created by The GNU Project
Category Developer

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What is an .ELC file?

The elc file extension is associated with the ELISP (Emacs Lisp) a dialect of LISP programming language.

The elc file stores compiled source code written in ELISP.

One other aspect of interpreting: the Lisp interpreter is able to interpret two kinds of entity: humanly readable code, on which we will focus exclusively, and specially processed code, called byte compiled code, which is not humanly readable. Byte compiled code runs faster than humanly readable code.

You can transform humanly readable code into byte compiled code by running one of the compile commands such as byte-compile-file. Byte compiled code is usually stored in a file that ends with a .elc extension rather than a .el extension. You will see both kinds of file in the emacs/lisp directory.

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An elc file extension is related to the Compiled ELISP source codes.

How to open:

Use GNU Emacs to work with *.elc source code files.

How to convert:

Conversion to other formats is not possible.
Emacs Compiled Lisp File - File openers


  1. Gnu Emacs


  1. Gnu Emacs


  1. Gnu Emacs

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