I keep notes in orgmode and a GitHub repository can display formatted orgmode. I currently copy a headline to a new orgmode file to 'export' my text for publication on GitHub. However, this differs from exporting to other formats in at least two important aspects:

  1. The outermost headline is often a secondary headline in the 'export';
  2. The :(no)export: tags are not respected, and I need to trace them manually and edit the file.

Hence my question: is it possible to export orgmode to orgmode? I'm hoping for a solution not involving pandoc.

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Yes, you can export to org. This is described in the org manual chapter on exporting. You will need to enable the org export backend, via M-x customize-variable org-export-backends. Tick the box for org and save your settings.

  • I feel like an idiot for missing that (and not all the others (well, except man and texinfo)). I added (require 'ox-org) to my init.el and it does exactly what I hoped for. Thanks for pointing this out!
    – AstroFloyd
    Commented Nov 25, 2021 at 9:53

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