I like to use org-refile to refile notes during the capture process. But, since org-refile does not saves the file after the refiling is done, the file ends up being locked up and I need to visit the file and manually save the buffer in order to access it from another emacs process or another application. Emacs also ask me if I want to save the file upon exit.

Is there anyway to make org-refile save the file automatically after the capture process is done?

I also note that after refiling there is no buffer opened associated with the file, still, if I visit the file the buffer appears as modified and the changes are not saved.

  • there's no "after-refile hook" (I think), but you can just add an advice :after to org-refile to save the current buffer if it's associated with a file. See Advising Emacs Lisp Functions.
    – rasmus
    Jan 6, 2016 at 1:04
  • Which version of emacs are you using, and which version of org-mode? You can find your org-mode version with M-x org-version. For me, using org-refile from the org-capture buffer works fine, and the first thing I see in the echo area is Wrote /path/to/my/org/file indicating that the file was indeed saved after capture. My suspicion is that whatever file you are refiling to is open in another emacs frame/instance. Could this be the case?
    – elethan
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:09
  • @ramus org-after-refile-insert-hook runs after the entry is put in the new location, but before it is removed from the old.
    – erikstokes
    Jan 6, 2016 at 2:38
  • @elethan, I'm using org 8.3.2, I get the same message in the echo area but the file is still not saved.
    – GPeraza
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:02
  • I have added an advice to org-refile to save all org buffers following @rasmus comment. This fixes the problem, how do I mark this as the correct answer?
    – GPeraza
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:03

2 Answers 2


There is no hook for org-refile that could usefully save the buffer (there's org-after-refile-insert-hook but it won't help). Since you're capturing you can use org-capture-after-finalize-hook to save. Since you're refiling you don't know which file needs to be save, so just save them all:

(add-hook 'org-capture-after-finalize-hook #'org-save-all-org-buffers)
  • Adding this hook does not work, I think the refiled buffer closes before capture finalizes. But adding an advice to org-refile to save all buffers after refiling seems to work. See rasmus comment to the main post.
    – GPeraza
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:05
  • org-capture-prepare-finalize-hook claims the capture buffer is still current when it runs. Perhaps that would work?
    – erikstokes
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:09

This is what I used:

(defun save-after-capture-refile ()
  (with-current-buffer (marker-buffer org-capture-last-stored-marker)
(advice-add 'org-capture-refile :after 'save-after-capture-refile)

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