Full format name of files that use EL extension is Emacs Lisp Code Format. The GNU Project defined the Emacs Lisp Code Format format standard. Files with EL extension may be used by programs distributed for Linux, Mac OS, Windows platform. EL file format, along with 992 other file formats, belongs to the Developer Files category. Users are advised to use Emacs software for managing EL files, although 2 other programs can also handle this type of file.
The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support EL files. Files with EL suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with EL extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Emacs Lisp Code Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports EL files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Emacs. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Emacs installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access EL files although Emacs is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why EL files are not compatible with Emacs. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Emacs.
After installing Emacs (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open EL files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the EL file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the EL file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. EL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If the EL file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with EL extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support EL files. Close all running programs and try opening the EL file.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Emacs Lisp Code Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle EL files.
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