I would like to learn Org Mode well by reading the whole org manual. However there seem to be only HTML version and PDF version which are not very convenient for me to take notes while reading. Is there an .org version of the manual or some way to produce an easily notable version?

  • Talking about pdf and taking notes in org-mode, check out the interleave package, also available on Melpa. – Kaushal Modi May 8 '15 at 1:50
  • @kaushalmodi Cool, seems nice. Though there's an issue that DocView is still quite laggy especially for large pdf files... – xji May 8 '15 at 13:12
  • I have been using pdf-tools without any problem for using an 1300+ page pdf files for reference. It's so convenient that I've even bound that pdf file to a key binding. – Kaushal Modi May 8 '15 at 13:16

There is an out-of-date (~2 years old) version of the manual hosted on github Org Manual.

The Org format is capable of supporting the majority of the Info format and can certainly cross-link well enough to handle the requirements (The issue it has with info is formatting the correct types of @?ref since it does not distinguish between types of links). It does not however support appendices (natively, they can be added in using org macros).

Initially there was no exporter for texinfo, I built ox-texinfo following the creation of the new ox- export framework.


Just head over to


and copy the raw text into an org file.

  • if you have wget: (shell-command "wget https://code.orgmode.org/bzg/org-mode/raw/master/doc/org-manual.org -O /path/to/org-manual.org") – drewman Dec 9 '20 at 16:37
  • ... or wget https://code.orgmode.org/bzg/org-mode/raw/master/doc/org-manual.org. If you have a full Org mode distribution (e.g. from git) , then the manual for your version should be in doc/org-manual.org. The manual has been available as an Org mode file since 9.1.10 I think. – NickD Dec 9 '20 at 16:44

Never mind it seems that the org documentation was written in Texinfo and the source was available at org distribution itself http://orgmode.org/org-8.2.10.tar.gz or http://orgmode.org/org-8.2.10.zip . Maybe tools like pandoc will do the conversion.

Edit: Actually the info format of the file was really fine. I could directly browse it nicely in Emacs and take notes side-by-side. Use M-x org-info to open the manual directly or find the info file inside of the distribution.

  • This is because Org as a format isn't good enough for the project to be used as basis, both because it doesn't support Info manuals and cross-linking well enough. – wasamasa May 7 '15 at 6:37

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