Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you name it Projectile?
I wanted a name that’s not as boring as
project.el and implies that your
interaction with projects is going to speed up significantly. :-)
Funny enough, a few years after Projectile was created, another similar
How does Projectile compare to the built-in
project.el was introduced in Emacs 25.1, released in 2016, and a lot of people
have been asking since how do the two packages compare.
Internally they have a lot of differences (e.g. different approach to project discovery and indexing), but from the user standpoint they are probably quite similar
these days (circa 2021). Historically, Projectile had a lot more features, but many
of them found their way into
project.el over the years. If all you need is
a way to quickly jump between project files or search/replace inside a project, you can’t go wrong with both.
For me Projectile’s biggest advantage will always be that it’s more community-friendly (e.g. the development happens on GitHub), and it’s not restricted by the FSF contributor agreement, which means that everyone can easily contribute to the project. Of course, this comes with the downside that you have to install Projectile yourselves.
One under-appreciated advantage of Projectile is that it has way more documentation. Okay, that’s only an advantage if you’re one of those rare people who enjoy reading it.
Does Projectile work with TRAMP?
Yeah, it does. I don’t use TRAMP myself, however, so I never paid that much attention to the TRAMP support. It’s mostly community-maintained.
Why doesn’t Projectile have a default prefix for its keybinding?
Historically Projectile used to use
C-c p as the prefix for all of its commands.
I opted for the
C-c p prefix fully aware that this violates a very
mostly because it felt practical and because pressing
C-c C-p is not
super convenient for many people.
Eventually this was changed in Projectile 2.0. That’s why currently Projectile requires users to select a prefix key for its commands explicitly.
Do you need some help cleanup up all those tickets that have piled up?
Certainly! In our issue
tracker we’ve got
plenty of tickets marked with
Help Wanted or
Good First Issue that
you can take a stab at, if you’d like to help out!