File Extension Library

.ELC File Extension

  • Developer by: The GNU Project
  • Category: Developer Files

What is an .ELC file?

.ELC file extension is created by The GNU Project. .ELC has been classified as Developer Files.

.ELC is Emacs Compiled Lisp File

Compiled Lisp file created by Emacs, a customizable text editor; generated from a standard Lisp (.EL) file using the Emacs byte-code compiler; may contain Emacs configuration settings or may provide extra program functionality.

To compile an EL file, type the following command in Emacs:

byte-compile-file "filename.el"

Make sure to replace "filename.el" with the actual filename Lisp file you want to compile. The compiler will generate a compiled version of the file with the same filename and a ".elc" extension.

NOTE: Compiled files can be loaded and run faster than plain text Lisp files. Therefore, most Emacs extensions are saved as compiled ELC files.

List of all softwares that can open the Emacs Compiled Lisp File
Gnu Emacs
Gnu Emacs
Gnu Emacs

How to Open .ELC file on different platforms

Open .ELC File on Windows

  • Right-click a .ELC
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .ELC file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .ELC files" Press "Ok"

Open .ELC File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .ELC file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .ELC File on Linux

Right click on the .ELC file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .ELC File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .ELC file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .ELC File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .ELC files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .ELC files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .ELC files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .ELC file format
  2. You need to check the .ELC file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)