git clone 'git://'


This package helps synchronizing the recent files list between emacs instances. Without it, each emacs instance manages its own recent files list. The last one to close persistently saves its list into recentf-save-file; all files recently opened by other instances are overwritten.

With sync-recentf, all running emacs instances periodically synchronize their local recent files list with recentf-save-file. This ensures that all instances share the same list, which is persistently saved across sessions.


From git:

  1. get this repository:

sh $ git clone

  1. add this to your init file:

lisp (add-to-list 'load-path "/path/to/sync-recentf") (require 'sync-recentf)


The synchronization actually happens when the recent files list is cleaned up (see recentf-cleanup), which by default happens only once at startup. You thus need to ensure that files list cleanup is done regularly, by setting recentf-auto-cleanup to a numeric value.

For example:

;; Cleanup the recent files list and synchronize it every 60 seconds.
(setq recentf-auto-cleanup 60)

;; Activate recentf
(recentf-mode 1)


If you make improvements to this code or have suggestions, please do not hesitate to fork the repository or submit bug reports on github. The repository's URL is:


Copyright (C) 2014 François Févotte.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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