Whenever I create org-mode entries using org-capture they automatically get an ID property. Is it possible to disable that? I'm using org mode version 9.0.5.

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    It is difficult to believe that org-mode 9.0.5 would force users to create ID when launching a new org-capture. I'd bet my lunch money that you have changed the default settings which inadvertently createed this issue. – lawlist Feb 20 '17 at 8:47
  • Have a look at the doc-string org-id-link-to-org-use-id and see if you are doing something as described ... – lawlist Feb 20 '17 at 8:59
  • The ID is not created when launching org-capture, it is created after storing the capture (so I can't see the ID property in the capture buffer). I think its a good thing to use ID properties usually, but in this case I did not want them. My org-id-link-to-org-use-id is nil. I haven't anything related to IDs in my init-file. Perhaps one of my other org-mode related installed packages do something: worf, ox-reveal, interleave, org-ref, deft. – Erik Sjöstrand Feb 20 '17 at 9:04
  • But yes, using emacs -Q org-mode doesn't seem to create IDs by default. Then its org-mode version 8.2.10 though. – Erik Sjöstrand Feb 20 '17 at 9:10
  • Please post the relevant capture template if you can. And read more about templates here: orgmode.org/manual/Capture-templates.html – biocyberman Apr 21 '17 at 14:44

So I think I've found a way, but its not very elegant:

(defun org-remove-id-from-last-capture ()
  "Remove ID property from last `org-capture' entry, save capture buffer."
  (let* ((properties (org-entry-properties org-capture-last-stored-marker))
         (file (cdr (assoc "FILE" properties)))) 
    (when (org-entry-delete org-capture-last-stored-marker "ID")
      (with-current-buffer (get-file-buffer file)

(add-hook 'org-capture-after-finalize-hook #'org-remove-id-from-last-capture)

Sorry this answer may be better go to comment but I don't have enough reputation.

Short Version: It there any possibility that you used any package related with bookmarks or global-jump to org heading? If so, then trying to disable them may be helpful.

Long Version: I happened to have the same problem that an ID will be attached and stop the clock-in timer if there is any.

Following steps are done for a capture to finalize: (would be incomplete):

  1. Insert the capture content to target location
  2. Save a bookmark called "org-capture-last-stored" to your Bookmarks
  3. Save the target file

And in my case, I found no function related to org-id in step 1 and 3 but in step 2, there is one package called "org-bookmark-heading" which is used to jump to a heading from bookmark. It will take over when creating a bookmark and generate the ID.

In all, I would suggest to check any packages related to bookmarks, head creation and save-hook.

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