I have been thinking about setting up a list of my relations. Something to keep track of when we last met, what their food preferences are along with contact information. A normal org file will probably do good as a start, but then I started exploring if others have thought about the same thing.

Around the net I can find references to org-contact. It seems like it used to be distributed separately from org-mode, but is now located in the source tree of org-mode. But running

(require 'org-contacts)

fails even though I have Org mode version 9.3 installed.

My question then is: How do I install org-contacts?

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With information from here, you need the org-plus-contrib package that is available through the org-mode elpa. So to install it by your favorite way you have to add it to package-archives via (if you don't already have it):

(add-to-list 'package-archives
    '("org" . "https://orgmode.org/elpa/") t)

Then the org-plus-contrib package will be available and you can install (using package-install, use-package or whatever) and then use the package with:(require 'org-contacts).


org-contacts has been moved out to a new repository as of release 0.4 of org-contrib

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