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I use the "Copy Message URL" quite heavily in mail app. I would like to paste the link into an org document and make it a clickable link that opens the email in mail.app. This does not currently work. I did try:

[[message://...][email link]]

But this did not work.

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  • Have you read (info "(org) Adding hyperlink types") in the Org Mode manual? – Omar Oct 18 '18 at 12:14
  • I assume you can either call mail.app from the commandline with a message://... argument, or else you can use AppleScript to open the message URL. – Omar Oct 18 '18 at 12:16
  • Yes, I did look, but do not know elisp and how to transform the org-man.el into one that will resolve links to mail app. – rev Oct 19 '18 at 14:24
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Based on Lars Careliusson's answer, I made it work by doing the following:

When 'Copy Message URL', append %3c and %3e before and after messageid, as suggested by this article. Here is the Applescript from the article:

tell application "Mail"
    set selectedMessages to selection
    set theMessage to item 1 of selectedMessages
    set messageid to message id of theMessage
    -- Make URL (must use URL-encoded values for "<" and ">")
    set urlText to "message://" & "%3c" & messageid & "%3e"
    return urlText
end tell

Then, add this to your emacs init file:

(org-add-link-type "message"
 (lambda (id)
  (shell-command
   (concat "open message:" id))))

and the link should be in the following format:

[[<copied_text_from_apple_script>][Subject]]

Alternatively, you can wrap %3c and %3e into the org-add-link-type function and paste the Message ID directly into the org file.

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This should work:

(require 'org)
(org-add-link-type "message"
 (lambda (id)
  (shell-command
   (concat "open message:" id))))

The link should be in the following format:

[[message:<message_id@domain.com>][Apple Mail Link]]

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