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How to Install Doom Emacs on a Macbook Pro

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    Joseph Dubon
Screenshot of Doom Emacs in iterm2 terminal window.

…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Keep a Dev/Engineer Journaling System

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary

Pablo Picasso

I love that quote.

I love the implication.

If painting is just another way of keeping a diary, then is it safe to assume that keeping a diary is just another way to paint?

I believe so!

As a programmer one of the best tools you can have in your box-o-tools is a journal/dev-log and a healthy writing habit.

Let me walk you through how to setup my recommended journaling system on your machine.

I use Emacs with Doom Emacs sprinkled on top as a beautiful and functional layer. I think this is one of the best ways you can keep a journal using your computer.

My Development System

2021 MacBook Pro 16

  • M1 Pro Chip
  • 16GB Memory

Let's Get Started

Install Emacs.

  • There are many ways to get this done
  • This is the method I have had the best luck with

Do you have Homebrew installed?

Install Homebrew

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Install Emacs Plus

brew tap d12frosted/emacs-plus


brew install emacs-plus --with-native-comp --with-modern-doom3-icon --HEAD

Install Doom Emacs

git clone --depth 1 ~/.emacs.d
~/.emacs.d/bin/doom install

Add Doom to $PATH

Add this to your .zshrc file

export PATH="$HOME/.emacs.d/bin:$PATH" #Doom Emacs

Sync Your New Doom Config/Install

Run this in the terminal

doom sync

That's It!

Open Doom Emacs



Part 2.

  • How to Use Doom Emacs with Org-Mode
    • Org-Roam2
      • For a Developer/Engineering Journal
    • Org-Journal
      • For a Personal Journal



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