Best resource for Common Lisp can be found here:


sudo apt-get install emacs  



  • create .emacs in your home folder.
  • paste the following to it:
    (require 'package)
    (let* ((no-ssl (and (memq system-type '(windows-nt ms-dos))
                     (not (gnutls-available-p))))
        (proto (if no-ssl "http" "https")))
      ;; Comment/uncomment these two lines to enable/disable MELPA and MELPA Stable as desired
      (add-to-list 'package-archives (cons "melpa" (concat proto "://")) t)
      ;;(add-to-list 'package-archives (cons "melpa-stable" (concat proto "://")) t)
      (when (< emacs-major-version 24)
     ;; For important compatibility libraries like cl-lib
     (add-to-list 'package-archives (cons "gnu" (concat proto "://")))))
    ;; Setting lisp system
    (setq inferior-lisp-program "/usr/local/bin/sbcl")
    (setq slime-contribs '(slime-fancy))
  • then in emacs:
    M-x package-refresh-contents
    M-x package-install RET slime RET

For running and quiting LISP:

start -> M-x slime
stop -> , sayoonara