I have a named org-babel source block like this:

#+NAME: my-org-babel-block
#+BEGIN_SRC elisp :results output
(print org-babel-load-languages)

Is there any way to call this block with M-x my-org-babel-block?

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No, but you can do something like this:

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
  (defun my-org-babel-block ()
    (org-sbe "my-org-babel-block"))

defining a command (i.e. a function with an interactive spec) that executes the block with the given name. You can now call the command with M-x my-org-babel-block which will use org-sbe to execute the block.

The doc string of org-sbe (which you can get with C-h f org-sbe RET) says in part:

org-sbe is a Lisp macro in ‘ob-table.el’.


Return the results of calling SOURCE-BLOCK with VARIABLES.

Each element of VARIABLES should be a list of two elements: the first element is the name of the variable and second element is a string of its value.

  • Does this work with other languages than emacs lisp? Dec 7, 2020 at 20:53
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    Yes: org-sbe executes a code block - it doesn't care what language the code block is in.
    – NickD
    Dec 7, 2020 at 21:07
  • Right, you're evaluating the emacs-lisp block there and it refers to the other block named my-org-babel-block. Dec 7, 2020 at 21:52
  • With this, I have to define one function per named block. Is it possible to define a function that does this for all named blocks in the file? Dec 7, 2020 at 21:53
  • Yes, but that is a different question which you should ask separately. And when you do, specify what you mean for the function to do: I can think of two different interpretations of the question.
    – NickD
    Dec 7, 2020 at 22:05

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