GNU ELPA - marginalia


Enrich existing commands with completion annotations
marginalia-0.6.tar, 2021-May-30, 190 KiB
Omar Antolín Camarena <>, Daniel Mendler <>
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To install this package, run in Emacs:

M-x package-install RET marginalia RET

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#+title: marginalia.el - Marginalia in the minibuffer
#+author: Omar Antolín Camarena, Daniel Mendler
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#+texinfo_dir_title: Marginalia: (marginalia).
#+texinfo_dir_desc: Marginalia in the minibuffer

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* Introduction

This package provides =marginalia-mode= which adds marginalia to the
minibuffer completions.
[[][Marginalia]] are marks or
annotations placed at the margin of the page of a book or in this case
helpful colorful annotations placed at the margin of the minibuffer for
your completion candidates. Marginalia can only add annotations to be
displayed with the completion candidates. It cannot modify the
appearance of the candidates themselves, which are shown as supplied by
the original commands.

The annotations are added based on the completion category. For example
=find-file= reports the =file= category and =M-x= reports the =command=
category. You can cycle between more or less detailed annotators with the
command =marginalia-cycle=.

Since many commands do not report a completion category themselves,
Marginalia provides a classifier system, which tries to guess the
correct category based for example on the prompt (see the variable
=marginalia-prompt-categories=). Usually these heuristic classifiers
work well, but if they do not there is always the possibility to
overwrite categories by command name. This way you can associate a fixed
category with the completion initiated by the command (see the variable
=marginalia-command-categories=). The list of available classifiers is
specified by the variable =marginalia-classifiers=.

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* Configuration

It is recommended to use Marginalia together with either the [[][Selectrum]], [[][Vertico]]
or the [[][Icomplete-vertical]] completion system. Furthermore Marginalia can be
combined with [[][Embark]] for action support and [[][Consult]], which provides many useful

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
;; Enable richer annotations using the Marginalia package
(use-package marginalia
  ;; Either bind `marginalia-cycle` globally or only in the minibuffer
  :bind (("M-A" . marginalia-cycle)
         :map minibuffer-local-map
         ("M-A" . marginalia-cycle))

  ;; The :init configuration is always executed (Not lazy!)

  ;; Must be in the :init section of use-package such that the mode gets
  ;; enabled right away. Note that this forces loading the package.

* Using builtin or lightweight annotators

Marginalia activates rich annotators by default. Depending on your preference
you may want to use the builtin annotators or even no annotators by default and
only activate the annotators on demand by invoking ~marginalia-cycle~.

In order to use the builtin annotators by default, you can use the following
command. Replace =builtin= by =none= to disable annotators by default.

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
  (defun marginalia-use-builtin ()
     (lambda (x)
       (setcdr x (cons 'builtin (remq 'builtin (cdr x)))))

If a completion category supports two annotators, you can toggle between
those using this command.

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
  (defun marginalia-toggle ()
     (lambda (x)
       (setcdr x (append (reverse (remq 'none
                                        (remq 'builtin (cdr x))))
                         '(builtin none))))

After cycling the annotators you may want to automatically save the
configuration. This can be achieved using an advice which calls

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
  (advice-add #'marginalia-cycle :after
              (lambda ()
                (let ((inhibit-message t))
                  (customize-save-variable 'marginalia-annotator-registry

* Contributions

Since this package is part of [[][GNU ELPA]] contributions require a copyright
assignment to the FSF.