I want to get the value of the org-mode priority from the heading the cursor is under.

I ideally want a function that, ran under a heading with "[#A]", should return A as a character or string

Any guidance will be appriciated.

  • 1
    What are you really trying to do? Whatever it is, turning a number into a string, concatenating it with some other junk, turning that into a symbol and then into a byte is probably the wrong way to do it.
    – db48x
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 10:14
  • org-priority-show gets the priority of a heading in OrgMode. It gives the value as 64000 (the 64 is an example, it can be different), I'm dividing it by 1000 to get 64 and if I concatenate 64 to get #o64. If I run #o64 into byte-to-sting, I get the value I wanted. Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 10:40
  • There must be a much better method, probably with a regexp, but I have no idea how to achieve that. Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 10:41
  • All I want is the org-priority value. For a heading with [#A], I want to get A. Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 10:50
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    Please edit the question, in particular the title, to express what you want to know. It seems that the question is not really about converting a string to a symbol.
    – Drew
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 14:40

1 Answer 1


You can get the priority letter itself without jumping through any hoops like this:

(defun db48x/org-get-priority-letter ()
  (let ((pri (cdr (assoc "PRIORITY"
                         (org-entry-properties nil
    (message "priority=%s" pri)))
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    Or even simpler: (org-entry-get nil "PRIORITY")
    – orgtre
    Commented Feb 22, 2023 at 11:16

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