I use evil-mode and evil-leader, and I have the <SPC>s keybinding to save the buffer. But when I edit a src code block in org-mode (with C-'), I want <SPC>s to run org-edit-src-save instead of save-buffer. Some things I tried:

;; I think this one has no effect because `set-key-for-mode`
;; probably only works with major-modes.
(evil-leader/set-key-for-mode 'org-src-mode "s" 'org-edit-src-save)

;; This one works, but makes the binding global.
(defun my/org-src-conf () 
 (make-local-variable 'evil-leader--default-map)
 (make-local-variable 'evil-leader--mode-maps)
 (evil-leader/set-key "s" 'org-edit-src-save))

(add-hook 'org-src-mode-hook 'my/org-src-conf)

How can I achieve this local binding for evil-leader?

  • Is there any specific reason you're using evil-leader instead of the keymap support Emacs comes with?
    – wasamasa
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:04
  • None other than evil-leader seems the right way to do it. Also, I didn't just use the evil-define-key because I want to learn how to actually achieve this. I'm trying to understand emacs better.
    – Jesse
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:14

1 Answer 1


org-src-mode is a minor mode and evil-leader doesn't support these last time I checked. evil-leader/set-key-for-mode is for major modes. In org-src-mode the major mode is tied to the language of the source that you are editing.

The most natural way to accomplish what you want is to use evil-define-minor-mode-key with the following.

(evil-define-minor-mode-key 'normal 'org-src-mode " s" 'org-edit-src-exit)

You can use evil-define-key too, but it does not always activate the key bindings for keys in maps connected to minor modes.

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