I use org-store-link pretty often for setting unique IDs to org-mode nodes. I have the following option set in my init file to make this possible:

(setq org-id-link-to-org-use-id 'create-if-interactive-and-no-custom-id)

But for my use case, I would like them to be CUSTOM_ID properties, rather than ID properties, so I end up changing it each time, which is a bit annoying. Is it possible to have org-store-link insert CUSTOM_ID properties, instead of ID properties, when the option is set as above?

Just to be clear, this is only for Org mode buffers.

Update. :CUSTOM_ID: is used for basic navigation between(and within) org files:

[[#02363be6-0855-4e57-aa94-5663c6fa8451][internal link to Foo]]
[[file:README.org::#02363be6-0855-4e57-aa94-5663c6fa8451][link to Foo from other file]]

* Foo
:CUSTOM_ID:       02363be6-0855-4e57-aa94-5663c6fa8451
  • How do you use org-store-link to set unique IDs? These seem completely unrelated operations. I don't understand what you are doing or what exactly you are asking. An example might help.
    – NickD
    Jun 29, 2023 at 1:20
  • @NickD How do I use org-store-link - I navigate to a node in org file(like "Foo" in the example below) that, I run org-store-link and it inserts an :ID: property which I rename to CUSTOM_ID Jun 29, 2023 at 11:33
  • "...it inserts an :ID: property" - not here, it doesn't. You must have extra machinery in play to do that. Does it happen when you start with emacs -q?
    – NickD
    Jun 29, 2023 at 12:19
  • @NickD Extra machinery might be (setq org-id-link-to-org-use-id 'create-if-interactive-and-no-custom-id) in my config Jun 29, 2023 at 13:02

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It doesn't answer the original question fully but as a workaround I used the following:

Create an interactive function and bind it to your preferred shortcut:

(org-set-property "CUSTOM_ID" (uuidgen-1))

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