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Remote file editing software

Tramp is a remote file editing package for Emacs. It uses different methods like ssh or scp to access files on remote hosts as if they were local files. Access to the remote file system for editing files, version control, directory editing and running processes on the remote host are transparently enabled.

Its name stands for Transparent Remote (file) Access, Multiple Protocol. It provides remote file editing, similar to Ange-FTP and EFS. The difference is that Ange-FTP uses FTP to transfer files between the local and the remote host, whereas Tramp uses a combination of 'rsh' and 'rcp' or other work-alike programs, such as 'ssh'/'scp'. In GNU Emacs, this version of Tramp uses a unified filename syntax for Tramp and Ange-FTP.

The tramp package is distributed with GNU Emacs, as well as with XEmacs.


User manual included and available in HTML format from

Related Projects

  • OpenSSH

Extension or Plugin

This package can be used as an extension, plugin, or add-on to:
  • Emacs


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv3orlaterDeborah Nicholson24 January 2008

Leaders and contributors

Michael Albinus Maintainer
See the CONTRIBUTORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Kai Grossjohnn Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperMailing List Info/Archive
Debian (Ref)
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview
Savannah (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to useemacs

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 February 2018.


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