My org file is named README.org and I want to export to Markdown into a file named README. Every time I run the export it writes to README.md. Here is my org file:


* Test export

I'm using the EXPORT_FILE_NAME property based on this link: http://orgmode.org/manual/Export-settings.html#index-property_002c-EXPORT_005fFILE_005fNAME-1617 but it doesn't seem to do anything.

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    Your link says "In all cases, only the base name of the file is retained, and a back-end specific extension is added. " That makes it sound like you'll always get the ".md". – erikstokes Mar 30 '15 at 0:50
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    You're completely right. Looks like the extension is not configurable. Feature request for org-mode? – Conor Mar 31 '15 at 2:27

According to the cited manual page, EXPORT_FILE_NAME applies only for subtree export.

Whole file export will take its name from the buffer file name.

If you only have 1 level-1 headline, you may add this property to a drawer inside the first heading, and always export as subtree from inside this top-level heading to get your desired file name.

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For more recent versions of org-mode a new export setting was added, #+EXPORT_FILE_NAME:, which will set the file name when file is exported.

  • For example:


The setting can be overwritten inside the properties drawer under a heading.

  • For example:

    * Chapter 2
    :EXPORT_FILE_NAME: chapter2

This code was tested using:
emacs version: GNU Emacs 25.2.1 (x86_64-unknown-cygwin, GTK+ Version 3.22.10)
Org mode version: 9.1.2

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An easy workaround is to add this at the bottom of the source Org file:

# Local Variables:
# after-save-hook: (lambda nil (when (org-html-export-to-html) (rename-file "README.html" "index.html" t)))
# End:

In this example, assuming the source file is named README.org, it will automatically export the file to HTML and then rename it to index.html.

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You can use the function org-export-to-file

This will let you specify the file you want to save to and the back-end for the export.

(org-export-to-file 'html "README.html" )
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