In Doom Emacs and org-mode, I want to use org-insert-link pressing the minimum amount of keys. So I want to combine two-four commands in one. The default behaviour doesn't leave space before or after.

I have tried various variations of the following but it doesn't work:

(add-hook 'org-mode 'org-insert-link-with-space)
(defun org-insert-link-with-space ()
       "org-insert-link-with-space, like org-insert-link but after prompt"
       (insert " ") (org-insert-link) (insert " ") (evil-insert-state)
(map! :ne "SPC m l" #'org-insert-link-with-space)

I want to type this:

here is a link for you

pressing the minimum amount of keys:

hereSpaceisSpaceaEscSpacemll<copy/paste link and description description>RetforSpaceyou

How do I fix my snippet?

Update: I combined three answers (1, 2 and 3) from SE and ended up to what I currently use. It inserts a link like ViM's inoremap by pressing jk only while in insert-mode:

(add-hook 'post-self-insert-hook
          (lambda ()
            (and (eq last-command-event ?k)
                 (looking-back "jk" (- (point) 2))
                 (if (> 1 2)
                   (message "True")
                 (call-interactively 'evil-delete-backward-char)
                 (call-interactively 'evil-delete-backward-char)
                 (call-interactively 'org-insert-link)

Insert link in insert-mode with "jk", like inoremap in ViM It certainly needs some refinement, but for the time being it works perfectly!

  • 2
    I don't know how to map with map! in doom, but you should not (add-hook 'org-mode 'org-insert-link-with-space) Commented Feb 18, 2022 at 1:33
  • Three questions: 1) if you call your function interactively, M-x org-insert-link-with-space, does it does it do what you? 2) is this the behavior you want all the time? 3) do you already have a convenient key binding to insert a link? Commented Feb 19, 2022 at 16:36
  • @TianshuWang you are right, add-hook doesn't alter anything Commented Feb 19, 2022 at 19:35
  • @JohnKitchin Thanks for your comment! 1. Almost. It does let spaces but skips the description. So, I get here is a http://stackexchange.com for you 2. Not very sure at the moment. 3. With the help of emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/24573/evil-equivalent-of-imap I'm trying to insert a link without leaving insert-mode, so without a keybinding being necessary and also saving extra key presses. It feels like I'm half-way through - when I wrote the question I was about ~30% towards my end goal. I really need to sit down and learn some elisp, because programming my editor worths it! Commented Feb 19, 2022 at 19:39
  • 1
    Why not just use an abbrev for jk? Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 12:26

1 Answer 1


If you want this all the time, and are happy with your keybinding for inserting a link, you can use an advice for this. I am not familiar with evil/doom, you may also need (evil-insert-state) at the end of the function.

(defun org-insert-link-with-space (orig-func &rest args)
  (insert " ")
  (call-interactively orig-func)
  (insert " "))
(advice-add 'org-insert-link :around  #'org-insert-link-with-space)
  • Thanks so much! It does exactly what I asked. Advising functions will be very helpful for sure. What you proposed works perfectly and does exactly what I want (with evil-insert-state in the end). I figured out an even faster way to insert links and I updated my question. Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 22:45

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