How do I immediately save the .org buffer created by org-archive-location?

Context and what I've tried so far

Current .emacs settings:

FILE: .emacs
(setq org-archive-location (concat "~/Documents/Reference/org/archive/" (format-time-string "%Y-%m") ".org::"))


FILE: main2.org
* Done item

Calling org-archive-location with C-c $ results in the following buffers

FILE: *Messages*
Subtree archived in file: ~/Documents/Reference/org/archive/2019-06.org


FILE: 2019-06.org
Archived entries from file /Users/janmeppe/Documents/Reference/org/main2.org

* Done item 
:ARCHIVE_TIME: 2019-06-18 Tue 11:26
:ARCHIVE_FILE: ~/Documents/Reference/org/main2.org

Now the problem is this, I have to manually save the buffer for it to appear in the finder, how do I automatically save this buffer after calling org-archive-location?

I tried adding the following but it this help

(advice-add 'org-archive-location :after #'org-save-all-org-buffers)

3 Answers 3


org-archive-location is not a function that can be modified with advice. It is a variable. Perhaps the O.P. meant to say org-archive-subtree? Type C-h k (aka M-x describe-key) and then the keyboard shortcut to see what function is triggered ....

(advice-add 'org-archive-subtree :after #'org-save-all-org-buffers)

I would prefer to save only the buffer containing the archived subtree and the buffer from which it was archived/removed, but that would take some additional digging into the code and doing some testing ... Perhaps another forum participant would like to write up an alternate answer that uses a scalpel instead of the org-save-all-org-buffers (which is a sledgehammer).

  • No time to dig either, but org-archive-hook runs after successfully archiving a subtree, with point in the original file. There is also the variable org-archive-location which indicates where subtrees should be archived for the current file. Unfortunately, org-archive-location uses some bizarro syntax which isn't a file path. If someone can figure out how to expand the org-archive-location into a normal file system path, then org-archive-hook could be made to 1. save the current org file and 2. the corresponding archive file. Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 12:55

Since at least Org 9.4 there's a variable which controls when to save the archive file: org-archive-subtree-save-file-p. From the docs:

Conditionally save the archive file after archiving a subtree.

This variable can be any of the following symbols:

t              saves in all cases.
from-org     prevents saving from an agenda-view.
from-agenda  saves only when the archive is initiated from an agenda-view.
nil            prevents saving in all cases.

Note that, regardless of this value, the archive buffer is never
saved when archiving into a location in the current buffer.

I found a workaround with the same functionality but it works on calling save-buffer which I call often with :w in evil. I'm not marking this as the correct answer because it does not answer the question (i.e. how to save immediately after org-archive-location) but I'd like to share it because it results in the same functionality.

(advice-add 'save-buffer :after #'org-save-all-org-buffers)

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