How do I concatenate a column into a string in Org mode? I want to get abc instead of ((a) (b) (c)) as a result. Or is there simply a header that I can tweak?

#+name: example-table
| i |
| a |
| b |
| c |

#+begin_src elisp :var input=example-table
  (format "%s" input)

: ((a) (b) (c))

1 Answer 1


maybe this will work:

(mapconcat (lambda (x) (format "%s" (car x))) input)

For versions of Emacs earlier than 29, the separator argument to mapconcat is mandatory, so the call should be:

(mapconcat (lambda (x) (format "%s" (car x))) input "")
;; or...
(mapconcat (lambda (x) (format "%s" (car x))) input nil)

specifying an empty string as the separator.

  • In addition to your being first to answer, your solution has the advantage of working for columns of numbers (which are not converted to strings by Org mode). But there is a small problem: t cannot be used as the name of the variable - it is a reserved symbol in Emacs Lisp. I edited your answer to fix that.
    – NickD
    Nov 4, 2023 at 20:57
  • @NickD thanks, didn't know that. Nov 4, 2023 at 21:04
  • This code gives me the followin error let: Wrong number of arguments: mapconcat, 2. The documentation mentions a seperator. When call it with "" as a third argument it works for me
    – leonardo
    Nov 4, 2023 at 21:58
  • You are right - earlier versions of mapconcat required a separator argument. Current versions make this argument optional. Edited the answer to mention that.
    – NickD
    Nov 5, 2023 at 0:49

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