System Crafters

Org Roam

What is it?

Org-roam is a solution, built on org-mode, to capture notes in a non-hierarchical way.

Notes can relate to each other, creating a web of relations. It helps you implement a digital Zettelkasten slip box of notes.

What can you use it for

With org-roam, you can create your own wiki, powered by Emacs, org-mode features.

Org-roam helps you search, link to other notes, and also has a graphical view (using graphviz) of the relations between your notes.

Getting started

Have a look at the Org-roam Getting Started page.

The main actions you will perform:

  1. create new notes (uses org-roam's own org-capture templates). Command org-roam-find-file on a new title.
  2. search notes by name / tags. Command org-roam-find-file
  3. create links to existing notes (manually, or using auto completion frameworks)
  4. use any features of org mode you like (tables, source code block, bibliography, etc..)

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You can't find your notes, or they are not named properly

Org-roam indexes your notes, and it's possible that the index was not created yet, or is out of sync.

You can solve this problem in couple of ways:

  1. make sure you followed the getting started steps to setup indexing, the after-init-hook and the update method
  2. If your configuration is correct, but you still have an issue
    1. you have a wrongly named entry in your search, clear and rebuild your cache with the following commands (M-x):
    2. you are missing some entry, build the cache manually with the following command (M-x): `org-roam-db-build-cache`

Renaming notes

Renaming titles within your note has an impact to the search. Make sure the index has the original name before changing a title. This is usually done by saving your note (C-c C-c, and possibly C-x C-s).

Without the note properly indexed, the changes will not be visible in the org-roam-find-file command.

Want different colors for org-roam links vs other links?

To get some visual queue about regular links vs org-roam links, you can set a different color for org-roam links like here:

  '((org-roam-link org-roam-link-current)
    :foreground "#e24888" :underline t))

contributed by nackjicholson on IRC

Please contribute your own hints and tricks

What else do you know about org-roam that can be useful to all?