I can use (org-entry-get (point) "myproperty") to get the value of the myproperty property for the current org-mode entry.

What about tags? Since a tag is either present or not, I was expecting some org API function such as org-entry-has-tag but there doesn't seem to be such a function. Am I missing something? If not, what's a good way to write such a function?

  • Do any of these help? org-get-buffer-tags, org-get-local-tags, org-get-local-tags-at, org-get-tag-face, org-get-tags, org-get-tags-at , org-get-tags-string, org-global-tags-completion-table, org-list-get-tag. If not, try apropos.
    – Drew
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 21:19
  • I used apropos and I don't have any of the "get tags" commands. I have a recent version of org, so I'm not sure why those aren't available.
    – Dan Drake
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 23:03

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There is a special property called TAGS, so you can look up the tags of any entry the same way that you look up any other property:

(org-entry-get (point) "TAGS")

And of course if there are no tags, that returns nil, so you can check for the existence of tags by using it in a conditional form, e.g. (if (org-entry-get (point) "TAGS") ...).


Somehow I didn't find org-get-tags -- I tried apropos, but it only showed me interactive functions, and org-get-tags isn't interactive. Thanks Drew.

For the exact question I have here, you just use member and org-get-tags:

(defun org-has-tag (tag)
  (member tag (org-get-tags)))
  • C-h f org-*-tags TAB will give you a completion buffer with all functions (not just interactive one) that match the pattern.
    – NickD
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 17:29
  • 1
    From C-h f apropos: "With C-u prefix, or if apropos-do-all is non-nil, consider all symbols (if they match 1PATTERN1)." So try C-u M-x apropos.
    – Drew
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 19:04

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