I have a problem when I want to yas-expand a link in Org-mode and it has a dash (-) in the text (url and description). Then the snippet break and exits. If I do the same in fundamental-mode it works.


Typing text in fundamental and Org-mode. In fundamental mode:

"jira<tab>abc-123" ->

In Org-mode:

"jira<tab>abc-123" ->

In fundamental-mode I can tab to the last position. But in Org-mode it exits before that.


The snippet looks like this:

# -*- mode: snippet -*-
# name: jira
# key: jira
# --
[[https://jira.example.com/browse/${1:$$(upcase yas-text)}][$1]]$0

Emacs Config

I have this config:

(use-package yasnippet
  :ensure t
  :config (yas-global-mode))

Full source for this (my emacs testing area): Source

If I change the snippet and remove the last "]", it works again but without becoming a link.

From: [[${1:$$(upcase yas-text)}][$1]]$0
To:   [[${1:$$(upcase yas-text)}][$1]$0

So it has something todo with org-insert-link but I cannot find out if this belongs to yas or org. Maybe there is a workaround for this. Any ideas how to troubleshoot or fix this?


Org mode version 9.1.9 (release_9.1.9-65-g5e4542 @ /usr/share/emacs/27.0.50/lisp/org/)
GNU Emacs 27.0.50 (build 2, x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.22.30) of 2019-03-04

2 Answers 2


You can make the closing bracket be the last element in your template. This avoids your input from becoming a link before you finish typing:

[[https://jira.example.com/browse/${1:$$(upcase yas-text)}][$1]${0:$$(insert "]")}
  • OK, this did solve my issue. Still a bit curious why this was needed though. What causes the different expansions? But that is maybe something I should post to yas on github.
    – sdaaish
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 21:03

[[link][description]] syntax will only be shown as description in org-mode, which messed up with the yasnippet placeholder. You can manually switch it to plain text by calling M-x org-toggle-pretty-entities, and then yas-expand your snippet. You will then find it work well.

I didn't dig into the yasnippet code, so I can only offer a temporary dirty solution. Turn off org-mode font-lock before expansion, and turn it on again after expansion by adding org-toggle-pretty-entities to yasnippet builtin yas-before-expand-snippet-hook and yas-after-expand-snippet-hook.

(add-hook 'yas-before-expand-snippet-hook 'org-toggle-pretty-entities)
(add-hook 'yas-after-expand-snippet-hook 'org-toggle-pretty-entities)

Maybe you can issue a bug on github.

  • I don't think this has to do with org-toggle-pretty-entities. I tested your solution but there is no difference. What I'm trying todo is to upcase the URL and description. I like to write the case-number manually sometimes. But cut&paste is always an option. So maybe this is a bug, have not written a more advanced snippet before. I checked view-lossage and the difference between fundamental or text-mode and org-mode is that the former uses self-insert-command and org uses org-self-insert-command. So I will probably create an issue on yasnippet for this.
    – sdaaish
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 17:03

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