For below org mode code example:

#+BEGIN_SRC plantuml :file test.png
Alice -> Bob: synchronous call
Alice ->> Bob: asynchronous call


After press C-c C-c, the result is as above. If I need to show it as image, I have to run "M-x org-display-inline-image" command.

Is it possible to combine the "C-c C-c" and "M-x org-display-inline-image" together? It's better to still use "C-c C-c" shortcut.

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    If you are just looking to always have the image inlined, you can put #+STARTUP: inlineimages somewhere in your org file. (And C-c C-c that so you don't need to reopen your buffer)
    – Archenoth
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 17:19
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    @Archenoth Actually my cause is: 1. Update source code. 2. Press C-c C-c to execute the code. 3. Output is text but not image. I wish everytime after press C-c C-c, I can get the image displayed inline. Your suggestion works if user didn't change the code.
    – beetlej
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 17:56
  • Thank you for reminding me! I had forgotten I had already done something about this.
    – Archenoth
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 22:06

2 Answers 2


Why not redefine C-c C-c in Org mode then? Use this keybinding. Put it in your emacs init.el file and restart emacs:

(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-c")
  (lambda () (interactive) (org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c)

addendum: is this global or local?

Local to org-mode only.

  • Sounds like return a error: Wrong type argument: listp, t. BTW, will this redefine globally or just for org mode?
    – beetlej
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 19:42
  • @beetlej try tweak it as below: (define-key org-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-c") (lambda () (interactive) (org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c) (org-display-inline-images)))
    – lucky1928
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 20:49
  • local only, also fixed the error typo in the answer above
    – Emacs User
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 20:53
  • For me it's working with org-display-inline-images. Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 17:22

There is both a hook for evaluating code blocks (org-babel-after-execute-hook), and a function for updating inline images. (org-redisplay-inline-images)

Combine these two and you should be good to go!

(add-hook 'org-babel-after-execute-hook 'org-redisplay-inline-images)

C-c C-c updating inline images

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    Great, it works also. BTW, is org-babel-after-execute-hook for all org command or just for this command? maybe I only wish to hook C-c C-c command but not others!
    – beetlej
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 16:21
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    This hook will only affect code blocks in Org buffers. Actually, if you wanted to do more then that, you would need to do a bit of extra work.
    – Archenoth
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 16:56
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU! Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 20:34

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