I'd like to understand how to retrieve the tags for a headline that is being processed by a clock mode report formula. Suppose I have a clock report table defined like this.

#+BEGIN: clocktable :maxlevel 2 :scope nil :formula "$3='(headline-get-tags $1)::@2$3=string(\"Tags\")"                                                                       

I can define a simple formula that returns the length of the headline, but I have yet to find an easy way to find the tags associated with the headline.

(defun headline-get-tags (headline)
  "Return the tags for a headline"
  (length headline)) 

Is there a simple way to get the tags with a headline?

  • I don't think this quite answers your question, but org-get-tags-string returns the tags on the current headline (i.e. where point is) as a :-seperated string.
    – erikstokes
    Feb 9, 2015 at 13:03
  • Yes, I had found that function as well, but it's not quite it. I think the problem is a bit more complicated, because I don't think the table formula has full access to the complete headline. Feb 9, 2015 at 13:30

1 Answer 1


Clock tables support a :properties option:

#+BEGIN: clocktable :properties ("ALLTAGS")

And it turns out that tags are available by the special property name ALLTAGS. Here are the others:


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