See the image below.

package-list-packages - output screen.

I want to update my org from Version: 2016071 to Version 20161003.

It does not give me an option to upgrade when I use the package-list-packages command.

An additional question is when the packages get loaded and I push the "U" key - it tells me one package is marked for upgrade. How to find out which package is marked and how to activate the upgrade action?


I just found out by accident (co-incidence) the solution to part of my problem.

In order to activate an upgrade a package from the list of packages press "x". This will upgrade the marked package.

As a coincidence it turned out that org package was the one marked for upgrade and pressing "x" upgraded it.

Even though I upgraded just now, my org version is still Org-mode version 7.9.3f (release_7.9.3f-17-g7524ef while my org-mode in Windows (with 64 bit Emacs from sourceforge) has Org-mode version 8.2.10 (release_8.2.10

In order to get the latest version of Org, I referred the org-manual and used the Using Org's git repository method.

I did
- make autoloads - make

And got the following error

make[1]: Entering directory `/home/prasannarajaram/org-mode/doc'
org-version: 8.3.6 (release_8.3.6-1203-g966e0b)
makeinfo --no-split org.texi -o org
make[1]: makeinfo: Command not found
make[1]: *** [org] Error 127
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/prasannarajaram/org-mode/doc'
make: *** [info] Error 2

And now I'm completely stuck!

3 Answers 3



(require 'package)
(setq package-archives
      '(("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/")
        ("gnu" . "https://elpa.gnu.org/packages/")
        ("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/")))

to your emacs init file. Adding the org repo will put the latest version of org-mode in list-packages, where you can update it just like any other package (e.g. press U x then answer prompts to upgrade all packages).


Install from source. Here are my possibility dates instructions in a shell script


  • I did the exact same thing as your script does. I'm stuck when I compile using make. Is there any way I could fix the error I'm getting (last part of my question)?
    – Prasanna
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 2:09

I had the same issue like you and no solution I've found worked. That's what I did eventually.

  • git clone git://orgmode.org/org-mode.git
  • make

That didn't work and emacs still loaded the old org version. So I deleted all files in /usr/local/share/emacs/25.1/lisp/org and then copied the files from org-mode/lisp into that directory. Now I've got Org mode version 9.0.

If you use org-version you can see the path of the currently used org files.

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