I've been having some problems when using org inside spacemacs. I make use of org-protocol to capture stuff that I find interesting when I'am browsing and have it inside spacemacs. The problem is that I can't seem to get it this process to work flawlessly. Sometimes everything works fine but other times instead of opening the capture inside spacemacs I get No server buffers remain to edit and a new browser window pops up. Othertime I get Error (use-package): org-projectile/:config: Symbol’s function definition is void: org-projectile:per-repo and once again a new browser window pops up.

In my .spacemacs file I enabled the org layer and in user-config I have the following:

  (use-package org-capture
    :bind ("<f8>" . org-capture)
    :after org)

  (use-package org-protocol 
    :after org)
  • Have you enabled org-protocol in org-modules? You can do this via M-x customize-group RET org RET or put the following in your init file: (setq org-modules (quote (org-protocol)))
    – mclear
    May 10, 2018 at 0:28
  • @mclear I didn't but having done that it's now working normally. How did you know to do that? I didn't see any reference to org-modules in the documentation for org-protocol (to be honest I wasn't even aware that was a thing).
    – plx
    May 10, 2018 at 20:10
  • org-protocol is one of the ones listed in the module customize group. I then just looked at the code that was put in my custom.el file and went from there. There are some alternatives for listing modules described here. Should I put this as an answer to your question then?
    – mclear
    May 11, 2018 at 2:53
  • Yes, go ahead. I feel this is something other people may end up having trouble with in the future.
    – plx
    May 11, 2018 at 6:51

3 Answers 3


You should enable org-protocol in org-modules. You can do this via M-x customize-group RET org RET or put the following in your init file: (setq org-modules (quote (org-protocol))). There are also some other ways to enable modules as detailed here.


Just inserting org-protocol into org-modules did not work for me, what helped was adding a require:

(defun dotspacemacs/user-config ()
  (require 'org-protocol)

Although it doesn't seem to have been the issue here, for reference I was also receiving the No server buffers remain to edit message.

Not 100% sure as I tried a number of things, but in my case it seemed to be because my capture template was pointing to a heading that didn't exist.

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