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OrgMsg is a GNU/Emacs global minor mode mixing up Org mode and Message mode to compose and reply to emails in a Outlook HTML friendly style.

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OrgMsg is a [[][GNU Emacs]] global minor mode mixing up [[][Org mode]] and your Mail User Agent Mode ([[][Message mode]], [[][mu4e mode]], or [[][notmuch mode]]) to compose and reply to emails in a Outlook HTML friendly style.

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  • Presentation

Not that I really like the Outlook email style but in a work environment dominated by this software, it is good to be able to reply with the same style. By default, if the original message is in text form OrgMsg keeps it that way and does not activate itself. It allows to reply to developer mailing list (or any real technical people who knows how to handle text email) seamlessly. If the original message is in the HTML form, it activates the OrgMsg mode on the reply buffer.

OrgMsg provides a ~org-msg-edit-mode~ which is an derivation of [[][Org mode]] in which some functionality of the current Mail User Agent ([[][Message mode]], [[][mu4e mode]], or [[][notmuch mode]]) are imported or replicated. For instance, a OrgMsg buffer uses the same ~font-lock-keywords~ than [[][Message mode]] or the ~TAB~ key while the cursor is in the header calls the ~message-tab~ function.

For convenience, the original message is quoted below the ~--citation follows this line (read-only)--~ marker. So you can easily refer to the original message. However, the entire quoted text is read-only because OrgMsg does not support modification of the original content.

OrgMsg has a mechanism to support different Mail User Agents (message, mu4e, notmuch ...). Each function which depends on the Mail User Agent calls ~org-msg-mua-call~ function which is an indirection to the OrgMsg Mail User Agent specific function.

Outlook email are really poor compared to what can be achieved by [[][Org mode]]. I personally use the ~#+{begin|end}quote~ to quote part of the email I am replying to. I extensively make use of ~#+{begin|end}src mode~ to provide extract of code or example of changes, I sometimes use [[][Org babel]] to generate an on the fly sequence diagram (using [[][plantuml]]) or a simple graph (using [[][dot]]).

  • Keys and interactive functions

The OrgMsg mode keys are the usual key combination used in either [[][Org mode]] or [[][Message mode]].

  • ~C-c C-e~ -- calls ~org-msg-preview~, it generates the final HTML email, save it into a temporary file and call the ~browse-url~ function on that file.
  • ~C-c C-k~ -- calls ~message-kill-buffer~
  • ~C-c C-s~ -- calls ~message-goto-subject~ (same as in [[][Message mode]])
  • ~C-c C-b~ -- calls ~org-msg-goto-body~ (similar to ~message-goto-body~ in [[][Message mode]])
  • ~C-c C-a~ -- calls ~org-msg-attach~, very similar to the ~org-attach~ function. It lets you add or delete attachment for this email. Attachment list is stored in the ~:attachment:~ property.
  • ~C-c C-c~ -- calls ~org-ctrl-c-ctrl-c~. OrgMsg configures ~org-msg-ctrl-c-ctrl-c~ as a final hook of [[][Org mode]]. When ~org-msg-ctrl-c-ctrl-c~ is called in a OrgMsg buffer it generates the MIME message and send it.

The ~org-msg-mode~ interactive function can be called to enable/disable OrgMsg. By default, once the module is loaded, it is disable. If you want to reply to an email without making use of OrgMsg, you should call that function before you call the reply-to function.

To start composing a new OrgMsg email, you can call the interactive ~message-mail~ function. If your ~mail-user-agent~ is ~message-user-agent~ (which is the by default Emacs configuration), ~compose-mail~ calls ~message-mail~ and is bound to ~[C-x m]~ by default.

  • Configuration

OrgMsg depends on this module: [[][emacs-htmlize]]

The default Emacs Mail User Agent is [[][Message]], if you are a [[][mu4e]] user, you need to define your mail user agent (see [[][mu4e documentation - Emacs-default]]) because OrgMsg places some hooks and runs specific functions depending on the current Mail User Agent. The proper Mail User Agent should be defined before you activate OrgMsg (call the ~org-msg-mode~ function). Here is how you can define the Mail User Agent [[][mu4e]].

+begin_src emacs-lisp

(setq mail-user-agent 'mu4e-user-agent)


The following is my configuration which you can use as an example.

+begin_src emacs-lisp

(require 'org-msg) (setq org-msg-options "html-postamble:nil H:5 num:nil ^:{} toc:nil author:nil email:nil \n:t" org-msg-startup "hidestars indent inlineimages" org-msg-greeting-fmt "\nHi %s,\n\n" org-msg-recipient-names '(("[email protected]" . "Jérémy")) org-msg-greeting-name-limit 3 org-msg-default-alternatives '(text html) org-msg-convert-citation t org-msg-signature "


,#+beginsignature -- Jeremy \\ /One Emacs to rule them all/ ,#+endsignature") (org-msg-mode)


The ~org-msg-greeting-fmt~ can be customized to configure the default greeting message. If this format contains a ~%s~ token it is automatically replaced with the name of the person you are replying to. The name is either the recipient name specified in the ~org-msg-recipient-names~ list or the first name automatically extracted from the email address. If ~org-msg-greeting-fmt-mailto~ is t, the name is formatted as mailto link.

The types of MIME alternatives that are sent can be modified by editing the ~:alternatives:~ property on each message. For example, setting this property to ~(html text)~ will send both text and HTML alternatives to your message, whereas ~(html)~ or ~(text)~ will just send HTML or plain text respectively. The default value of ~:alternatives:~ can be set with ~org-msg-default-alternatives~. If you want to add your own custom exporters, this can be done by modifying ~org-msg-alternative-exporters~.

Alternatives listed in ~org-msg-default-alternatives~ should be placed in increasing order of preference to meet [[][RFC-1341]] section 7.2.3 guidelines.

In order to avoid CSS conflict, OrgMsg performs inline replacement when it generates the final HTML message. See the ~org-msg-enforce-css~ variable to customize the style (and the default ~org-msg-default-style~ variable for reference).

Setting the org export option ~tex:dvipng~ or ~tex:dvisvgm~ is handeled correctly by this mode by producing inline images or inlining the generated SVG. Note that most mailclients however sadly do not display SVG content in mails so it might be best to stick to settings producing images unless you know your recipient's mailclient supports SVG.

  • Quotes

Org mode supports quotes using [[][quote blocks]]. The Org mode HTML backend exports such blocks as ~blockquote~ HTML tags and OrgMsg will apply a CSS style on top of it. Unfortunately, the Org mode engine does not allow nested quote blocks.

OrgMsg supports nested quotes with special ~#+{begin|end}quote[0-9]+~ blocks. A ~#+{begin|end}quote1~ block can be nested in a ~#+{begin|end}quote~ block, a ~#+{begin|end}quote2~ block can be nested in a ~#+{begin|end}_quote1~ block ... In order to ease the identification of the different levels of quotes once exported to HTML, each level uses a different color.

Using ~#+{begin|end}_quote[0-9]+~ can be cumbersome and as thus, OrgMsg also supports the automatic conversion of the well established ASCII quote form based on the ~>~ characters. For instance, if the ~org-msg-convert-citation~ customization variable is set to ~t~, the following text will be automatically converted to multi-level quote blocks before being exported to HTML.


quote an email

which had quoted another email

which had quoted another email


And it will look like this.


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