I want to run a short python simulation in org-mode and use the results later on in my continuous text. Something like:

#+begin_src python
a = 5 + 5

The result of the calculation is <<value in a>>

Which should export to the following latex code

The result of the calculation is 10.
  • You need to give a name to this block (#+name: foo) and then use it like this: call_foo() instead of <<value in a>>.
    – wvxvw
    Aug 11, 2015 at 20:41
  • yeah that works. It will only print the last evaluated statement, so only 5+5 will work. Plus I have to write new cell for every variable that I want to export. I'll keep looking if I find something better.
    – kain88
    Aug 12, 2015 at 20:26

1 Answer 1


If you don't mind evaluating the whole code on export every time, you can do this:

Give the code block a session and later use inline code to call the variable, as in:

#+begin_src python :session calc :exports code :results none
a = 5 + 5

The result of the calculation is src_python[:session calc]{a}

There is another way which may not be worth the hassle for small code-blocks (depending on how complex it is in the language you are working in; R gave me problems...), but where you don't have to run the code always on export (results are persistent, but updated when you re-run the code block) using Macros that are prepared within the code-block as Macro Strings. At least, calling the results is then easier in-text:

#+begin_src python :session calc :exports code :results values drawer
a = 5 + 5
b = a-1
ares = '#+MACRO: a '+ str(a)
bres = '#+MACRO: b '+ str(b)
ares + '\n' + bres

#+MACRO: a 10
#+MACRO: b 9

The result is still {{{a}}} and b is {{{b}}}
  • This actually gave me: "The result of the calculation is a". I expected 10 instad of a. Am I doing this wrong?
    – Kaligule
    Feb 15, 2017 at 17:01
  • that's strange, I get 10. If you copy-paste the gray box above to a new file, does it also happen? what if you change to :results values, and add a line below a = 5 + 5, only with a, so that a will be returned in a #+RESULTS: line (it should be 10, ot a)
    – TNT
    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:35
  • Not sure why it didn't work this night, It works now. Thank you. Btw I found that what I really want is to add an :results raw so the 10 is formated as raw org text.
    – Kaligule
    Feb 16, 2017 at 13:38
  • Glad it works, with raw you get the result inserted, yes, but it's not so easy to integrate it in-text as you pose in your example. If your question is answered please remember to accept the answer.
    – TNT
    Feb 17, 2017 at 4:04
  • Yes, the real finding was that the org manual is indeed covering this quite good. I would accept your answer if it was mine, but in this case it is up to @kain88
    – Kaligule
    Feb 21, 2017 at 20:56

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