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Introduction to Org-Mode and Worg

Org-mode is a powerful system for organizing your complex life with simple plain-text files. It seamlessly integrates all your notes, mindmaps, TODO lists, calendar, day planner, and project schedules into a single system that can be easily searched (e.g. by grep), encrypted (e.g. by GnuPG), backed up and synced (e.g. by Dropbox), imported/exported, and accessed on the go (e.g. on an iPhone or Android smartphone). It can even be used for authoring web pages and documents.

Check out some screenshots of Org-mode in action. See what people have to
say about Org-mode, and read a few user stories!

Org-mode is distributed as part of the popular Emacs text editor and runs wherever Emacs runs, including on GNU-Linux, Windows, and Mac. Written by Carsten Dominik, it is currently maintained by Bastien Guerry and used by many helpful people who, like you, are desperate to get and stay organized.

The page you're reading is part of Worg, a section of the Org-mode web site that is written by a volunteer community of Org-mode fans. It includes tutorials, ideas, code snippets, etc., shared to make your introduction and customization of Org-mode as easy as possible. Worg is maintained by Matthew Lundin, a group of Worg contributors, and maybe you.

Org-Mode Resources

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Learn Org-Mode

  • Org-mode Main Page : The official page for Org-mode
  • Org-mode Tutorials : Your best starting point
  • Org-mode Glossary : An explanation of org-mode terminology
  • Org-mode Manual : Extensive and complete documentation
  • Org-mode Guide : Not extensive, but complete documentation
  • Spanish translation of the orgguide (texi - html)
  • Org-mode configuration : Beginner's customization guide, examples, survey,
  • and a list of all hooks
  • Org-mode reference card : check the HTML, pdf and ASCII versions.
  • French translation of the orgcard (tex - pdf)
  • New exporter : Preliminary documentation for the new exporter.

Get Help with Org-Mode

  • Org-mode FAQ : Check here before writing to the mailing list
  • Org-mode Mailing List : For unanswered questions, suggestions, and
  • discussion
  • Org-mode IRC Channel : For live Q&A, go to #org-mode on Freenode

Use Org-Mode Effectively

  • Use Org-mode as a task management system (perfect for GTD and the
  • Pomodoro Technique)
  • Author Blogs and Wikis with Org-mode (see example web pages)
  • Integrate Org-mode with Mac OS X
  • Synchronize org-mode files easily with git-sync, a VCS of your choice, or Unison

Dive Deeper into Org-Mode

  • Org-mode for developers : reference documentation for developers
  • Blog posts : Read a variety of articles from introductions to
  • specific customizations
  • Org-mode Hacks : Copy code snippets from other users
  • Org Babel : Learn about Literate programming within Org-mode
  • Tools
  • Org-mode conversion tools : Import into and export out of Org-mode
  • Org-mode parsing libraries : Parse and analyze .org files
  • Org-mode dependencies : Dependencies on external packages for advanced
  • functionality [Work in progress]
  • Org-papers : Whitepapers and books about Org-mode

Check Out Third-Party Contributions

  • Contributed packages, including extensive documentation
  • Repository of contributed code:
  • the contrib/ directory of the Org-mode package
  • the code directory of Worg
  • org-info-js by Sebastian Rose: great javascript
  • tool to navigate through a HTML page (as exported by Org) the way you navigate through an Org or an info manual, i.e. supporting folding, previous/next buttons, etc.
  • Additions under development

Join the Community

  • Check out the list of Worgers and their User Pages and a few
  • [[][profiles of the Org-mode Community]] (with photos ☺)
  • Meet other users in the flesh at OrgCamps

Help out

Maintenance of Worg

Latest changes to the Worg git repository

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Git'r done!

If you like losing your time by reading stuff on how to get organized, go and check the Git'r done! page.