I want to execute selected source blocks in the active buffer. For example for the following org-mode file,

#+NAME: snippet1
#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp
    (message "snippet 1")

#+NAME: snippet2
#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp
    (message "snippet 2")

I can use


to execute both blocks from elisp, but how can I execute snippet1 without executing snippet2?

I found the following related functions that might help.


Any pointers to relevant documentation is very much appreciated.

2 Answers 2


The documentation for org-babel is available at http://org-babel.readthedocs.io/en/latest/. And the snippet to interactively select and execute a named block in the current buffer:

    (completing-read "Code Block: " (org-babel-src-block-names))))
  • I just replaced "(completing-read "Code Block: " (org-babel-src-block-names))))" with "my-block-name" since I didn't need the interactive part. Thanks for the snippet it works great now :).
    – user14419
    May 14, 2017 at 15:46

Much easier than the AA: Using the built-in function (org-sbe ...:

* Example using (org-sbe):
#+NAME: snippet1
#+BEGIN_SRC emacs-lisp :var txt="snippet1 was called"
    (message txt)

If you want to run the above SCB, you could just place
the curson on the closing bracket ")" of “(org-sbe "snippet1")”,
and just run that with CTRL-x CTRL-e , and here once
more “(org-sbe "snippet1" (txt $"otherMessage"))” with parameters.
Documentation e.g. here:

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