I am trying to set org-html-link-org-files-as-html to nil for a single org-file (but have the value equal t for all other org files). This is a variable defined in ox-html.

(defcustom org-html-link-org-files-as-html t
  "Non-nil means make file links to `file.org' point to `file.html'.
When `org-mode' is exporting an `org-mode' file to HTML, links to
non-html files are directly put into a href tag in HTML.
However, links to other Org-mode files (recognized by the
extension `.org.) should become links to the corresponding html
file, assuming that the linked `org-mode' file will also be
converted to HTML.
When nil, the links still point to the plain `.org' file."
  :group 'org-export-html
:type 'boolean)

I have tried setting

#+OPTIONS: org-html-link-org-files-as-html:nil

and setting

# -*- org-html-link-org-files-as-html:nil; -*-

at the top of the file. Neither work - only works when I set in emacs-lisp

(setq org-html-link-org-files-as-html nil)

but then this applies to all org files. Can I set it for a single org-file?

  • 2
    Try: #+BIND: org-html-link-org-files-as-html:nil.
    – NickD
    Jan 29, 2019 at 14:22
  • @NickD thanks - org-export-allow-bind-keywords also needs to be set to non-nil but then it works - can you please write it as an answer and then I can mark it as correct.
    – hatmatrix
    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:54
  • Done - expanded it a bit and added a ref to the manual.
    – NickD
    Jan 30, 2019 at 15:13

1 Answer 1


For variables that cannot be set through the #+OPTIONS keyword, the #+BIND keyword mechanism can be used. Adding

#+BIND: org-html-link-org-files-as-html:nil

to the top of your file would be equivalent to your #+OPTIONS line if the option existed. #+BIND was introduced as a mechanism to set export options without having to set up options explicitly and a priori, as #+OPTIONS requires (basically, Carsten Dominik, the creator of org-mode, got tired of having to add more options as user requests were coming in and provided an extensible mechanism). Not everything can be done with #+BIND but it is perfect for this use.

The manual says:

If org-export-allow-bind-keywords is non-nil, Emacs variables can become buffer-local during export by using the ‘BIND’ keyword. Its syntax is #+BIND: variable value. This is particularly useful for in-buffer settings that cannot be changed using keywords.

See also a related SO post of mine on this topic.

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