In Org-mode, I would like to have a capture template get stored like this:

* 2015
** 2015-05 May
*** 2015-05-21 Thursday     <--- I can get this with file+datetree
**** Todo today             <--- here's the problem
***** TODO something        <--- this is the captured content

Is that possible out of the box? If not, any ideas how to go about implementing it?

  • I'm not entirely clear on what it is you want to achieve. Why is there a "problem" in the line that says **** Todo today? It would be great if you could extend your post to include (1) an example of the output that your capture template currently produces, (2) a separate example of the output you would like to see, and (3) the capture template itself. Other than that, welcome to Emacs.SE!
    – itsjeyd
    May 21 '15 at 11:04
  • I don't know how to get that line between the datetree headline (2015-05-21 Thursday) and the headline produced by the template (TODO something). Basically, what I need is file+datetree+olp. May 21 '15 at 11:11
  • In case you saw the answer I posted earlier: It did not fully address your use case in the sense that it inserted a **** Todo today heading for every TODO item created using org-capture. I have since fixed this issue; please have another look at my answer.
    – itsjeyd
    May 21 '15 at 13:22

You can achieve what you want by defining a custom function that returns the target location for template expansion:

(defun org-find-heading-in-datetree ()
  (org-datetree-find-date-create (calendar-current-date))
  (goto-char (point-at-eol))
  (when (not (re-search-forward
              (format org-complex-heading-regexp-format
                      (regexp-quote "Todo today")) nil t))
    (insert "\n**** Todo today\n"))
  (goto-char (point-max)))

Then set your template up like this:

(setq org-capture-templates
      '(("t" "Test" plain (file+function "~/org/test.org"
         "***** TODO %?")))
  • 1
    calendar-current-date is Gregorian at the outset, so no need to convert from org-today to Gregorian.
    – lawlist
    May 21 '15 at 20:24
  • @lawlist Thanks for pointing that out! I updated my answer.
    – itsjeyd
    May 21 '15 at 22:19
  • 1
    This almost worked for me. The problem was that it would add the "***** Todo today" but then the "***** TODO" would be outside the datetree. Was able to fix this behavior by changing (goto-char (point-max)) to (goto-char (point-at-eol))
    – rking
    Oct 2 '16 at 18:04

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