I'm using org-mode and mu4e. I'd like to have each email become the active link so that I can link to it in Org. When viewing an email, I can C-c C-l (bound to (org-store-link)) to make a link to it, and then elsewhere in Org C-c l to paste the link. I'd like the (org-store-link) part to happen automagically each time I send an email.

I've found two hooks: message-send-hook and message-sent-hook but am not sure where to call (org-store-link). I've tried that in a function on each hook, but it doesn't work. I think there is additional trickery to catch the just-sent (or sending) message.


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My first suggestion would be to try the following.

(add-hook 'message-send-hook (lambda () (org-store-link nil)))

Since you said you tried the hook, another way is to just combine org-store-link and message sending into a single function.

(defun store-link-then-send-message ()
  "Call `org-store-link', then send current email message."
  (call-interactively #'org-store-link)
  (call-interactively #'message-send-and-exit))

(define-key mu4e-compose-mode-map "\C-c\C-c" #'store-link-then-send-message)

This assumes you're using message-send-and-exit to send the message. You could do something identical with the message-send command.

(define-key mu4e-compose-mode-map "\C-c\C-c" #'store-link-then-send-message)
  • The latter works, sort-of. It stores a link to the file, not a link to the message (message ID). I found code that seems to implement what I want, but it appears surprisingly overly-complex for this simple task (although, granted, not simple enough that I have been able to figure it out myself). That code is here: github.com/danieroux/emacs/blob/master/mine/djr-mu4e.el
    – mankoff
    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:24
  • @mankoff When you call org-store-link manually, does it link to the file or the message? If it links to the messaage, when are you calling it (before or after sending)?
    – Malabarba
    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:27
  • djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/mu4e/Creating-org_002dmode-links.html When viewing messages, org-store-link stores a link to the message. When viewing headers, to the search that created that header view. When editing a draft, it stores it to the file. Probably because "msgid" or other such fields aren't yet set? After sending, it stores a link to the header/message visible, not the just-sent message.
    – mankoff
    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:33
  • @mankoff I see. I was misled because on the regular message-mode a Message-ID field is created for you when you call org-store-link, even if the message isn't sent. I'll try to figure how mu4e does it.
    – Malabarba
    Sep 24, 2014 at 12:43

Danie Roux developed a solution. See:


His instructions are:

  • Define djr/mu4e-org-mode-capture-template-for-sent-email
  • Then, either:
    • Call djr/mu4e-compose-new-with-follow-up
    • Or set djr/org-mu4e-must-capture-message

After sending an email, org-capture will be called with that template. %a will be the link to that email.

org-insert-link will have the email in the list of links, regardless of whether you set the flag or not.

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