I use Org mode for keeping track of everything; ideas, notes, to-do lists, code snippets, etc. You name it. One problem I have though, is that I can't easily pull up my Org-mode data on my phone, even if it is only for quickly checking my notes or searching within them.

To be clear, I store my org files within a Github repository, which is great, but this is still not amenable for smartphone browsing and searching.

Ideally what I am looking for is a way to synchronize org-mode notes with Evernote. Is this doable? If not, what are my alternatives for browsing org-mode files on my phone?

How can I easily sync, and later browse and search my org-mode files from my phone?

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    Have you looked at MobileOrg for org-mode on the phone? mobileorg.ncogni.to No idea on Evernote. Nov 25 '14 at 0:09
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    It may behoove you to take a look at the org-mode toodledo library: github.com/christopherjwhite/org-toodledo I've been using it for the past year to host my business and personal calendars for all desktop and mobile devices. I restored some of the default behavior by modifying the library so that I can use the same keywords in org-mode as with Toodledo -- i.e., active, next action, someday, reference, delegated, hold, postponed, canceled, waiting, planning. And, I restored / configured the maximum priorities supported by Toodledo -- i.e., A, B, C, D and E.
    – lawlist
    Nov 25 '14 at 0:15
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    MobileOrg is available for both iOS and Android: orgmode.org/manual/MobileOrg.html play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.matburt.mobileorg Nov 25 '14 at 0:17
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    Here is a related Emacs library to use Evernote -- however, I've never tried it out: github.com/pymander/evernote-mode
    – lawlist
    Nov 25 '14 at 0:29
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    Perhaps Eric Schulte's org-ehtml is of interest. "org-ehtml allows for interactively viewing and editing Org-mode files through a web browser."
    – rasmus
    Nov 26 '14 at 11:39

I have been using Orgzly to view org files on Android. It displays them nicely and you can do basic editing (setting todo states, schedules, deadlines and tags). There is also some basic support org-agenda like searches.


There is also Geeknote, which at least gets Evernote to the command-line. You would still have to manually move things between org-mode and Geeknote though.

Update: Now there is geeknote.el. Haven't tried it yet but it looks nice.


One option is to publish the org-mode files to HTML and browse the HTML versions from the mobile device. I have my org-mode files stored in DropBox and set up as a project using org-publish-project-alist, and I use M-x org-publish-all to export them all to HTML files. I customized the HTML slightly to improve the mobile view. On my mobile device, I use the DropBox application to browse to the HTML version of the file.

This setup works fine. I do have to remember to publish after making edits, and I plan eventually to write a hook that does this automatically. The biggest drawback is that it doesn't allow editing on the mobile device. Also, the mobile version is usable but a dedicated mobile application would be nicer.

The HTML customization I use for mobile display goes into org-html-head-extra:

<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1">
<style type="text/css">
  h2 { font-size: 1em; }
  h1 { font-size: 1.2em; }
  body { font-family: Calibri; }
  • Although this setup is working OK for getting access to my org-mode content on my mobile device, I am definitely still looking for a better solution. I intend at some point to test out the toodledo and trello synchronization libraries.
    – jbyler
    Jul 23 '15 at 0:11

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