To install this package, run in Emacs:
M-x package-install RET capf-autosuggest RET
capf-autosuggest lets you preview the most recent matching history element, similar to zsh-autosuggestions or fish. It works in eshell and in modes derived from comint-mode, for example M-x shell and M-x run-python. As you type, the history auto-suggestion is shown as an overlay after point. Type [C-e] to insert text from this overlay or [M-f] to only insert a word from this overlay. [C-n] is a shorthand for [C-e] followed by [RET]: it inserts text from the overlay and sends it to the process. Installation: To install capf-autosuggest, type M-x package-install RET capf-autosuggest RET. Enable it with M-x capf-autosuggest-mode. It is best to add the following elisp snippet to your Emacs init file to enable `capf-autosuggest-mode' automatically for every comint and eshell buffer: (add-hook 'comint-mode-hook #'capf-autosuggest-mode) (add-hook 'eshell-mode-hook #'capf-autosuggest-mode) Configuration: Use `capf-autosuggest-define-partial-accept-cmd' to make a command that can move point into an auto-suggested overlay. Example: to make [C-M-f] (forward-sexp) movable into suggested text, put the following into your Emacs init file: (with-eval-after-load 'capf-autosuggest (capf-autosuggest-define-partial-accept-cmd movable-forward-sexp forward-sexp) (define-key capf-autosuggest-active-mode-map [remap forward-sexp] #'movable-forward-sexp)) By default, [C-n] (next-line) will accept the currently displayed suggestion and send input to shell/eshell. To disable this behaviour or enable it for other commands such as [C-c C-n] or [M-n], see the customization group `capf-autosuggest' Details: capf-autosuggest provides a minor mode, capf-autosuggest-mode, that lets you preview the first completion candidate for in-buffer completion as an overlay. Instead of using the default hook `completion-at-point-functions', it uses its own hook `capf-autosuggest-capf-functions'. However, by default, this hook contains a function that reads the default hook, but only if point is at end of line, because an auto-suggested overlay can be annoying in the middle of a line. If you want, you can try enabling this minor mode in an ordinary buffer for previewing tab completion candidates at end of line. A completion-at-point function for comint and eshell history is also provided. Because it is less useful for tab completion and more useful for auto-suggestion preview, it is a member of `capf-autosuggest-capf-functions', which doesn't interfere with tab completion. By default, if there are no matches for history completion and point is at end of line, we fall back to previewing the default tab completion candidates, as described in the previous paragraph. You can customize this behaviour by customizing `capf-autosuggest-capf-functions'. For example, you could add `capf-autosuggest-orig-capf' to enable auto-suggestions of tab completion candidates in the middle of a line. Alternatives: There is also esh-autosuggest with similar functionality. Differences: it is simpler and more concise, however it depends on company. It optionally allows having a delay and it is implemented only for eshell. : http://github.com/dieggsy/esh-autosuggest Bugs, suggestions and patches can be sent to bugs-doseganje (at) groups.io and can be viewed at https://groups.io/g/bugs-doseganje/topics. As this package is stored in GNU ELPA, non-trivial patches require copyright assignment to the FSF, see info node "(emacs) Copyright Assignment".