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

There are 2 other file types using
the ELC file extension!

elc icon.elc - Apple MAC OS X file

empty icon.elc - Netcool/OMNIbus event list configuration file

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ELC file extension - Compiled ELISP source code

What is elc file? How to open elc files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

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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The default software associated to elc file type:

GNU Emacs icon

Free Software Foundation, Inc. logoGNU Emacs  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Free Software Foundation, Inc.

GNU Emacs is a popular, extensible and highly customizable text editor for Linux.

Help how to open ELC files:

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

How to convert file with extension ELC:

Conversion to other formats is not possible.

List of software applications associated to the .elc file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open elc file, edit elc file, convert elc file, view elc file, play elc file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting elc files.

  • Open elc file
  • Edit elc file
  • Create elc file
  • Others elc file

Software that open elc file - Compiled ELISP source code

Click on the link to get more information about GNU Emacs for open elc file action.


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