As is asked and answered in here, Aquamacs has the org-mode that is pretty old, and there are some problems with capturing.

How can I upgrade the org-mode with Aquamacs? Is it OK just copy lisp/*.el to somewhere?

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You can put the .el files pretty much where you want to, but you'll need to add the directory to your emacs load-path with something like:

(setq load-path (cons "~/path/to/orgdir/lisp" load-path))

Stick that in your .emacs file.

There's more info on the org-mode installation page.

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    I did, but M-x org-version gives me 6.33X, I guess it still uses the old version in Aquamacs.
    – prosseek
    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:20
  • I got something wrong, it works fine. Thanks.
    – prosseek
    Sep 2, 2010 at 12:59
  • I have the same problem, prosseek, it would be nice to know what it is that you did wrong. Oct 24, 2012 at 5:23

Let me summarize the steps I carried out eventually, to use the package manager. Note, I am using emacs 23 based editor which was shipped with org-mode 6.33.

Install the package manager

  • Download the packages.el file from here. Save in in ~/Library/elisp for example.
  • Add the following code to the .emacs:

    (setq load-path (cons "~/Library/elisp" load-path)) (require 'package) (package-initialize)


To verify this part, in emacs hit M-x list-packages RET org. Here you should see a list of optional packages. Note: you may ignore the warning: failed to download org-mode archive.

Updating org-mode

  • Enter the list-packages Hit M-x list-packages RET.
  • In there mark for installation by i the org package and the x for the actual installation.

    Restart emacs


Hit M-x locate-library RET org to verify the installation. You should now have org-mode up and running.

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    Aquamacs 3.0 (in alpha) is based on Emacs 24 so the package manager is built in./ So you can start with the Updating org-mode section.
    – studgeek
    Jan 10, 2014 at 7:05

I found this slightly more helpful snippet from the EmacsWiki (http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/CustomizeAquamacs):

Upgrading org-mode or other major-modes in Aquamacs

    # Name of your emacs binary

    # Where local lisp files go.
    lispdir   = /Applications/Aquamacs.app/Contents/Resources/lisp 

    # Where info files go.
    infodir = /Applications/Aquamacs.app/Contents/Resources/info

--D.H. Ardell

Update (March 2013): Make the assignments above in local.mk after having first cloned it from mk/default.mk
Be sure to save the updated clone (local.mk) into the top-level directory (i.e. above mk itself) to avoid compilation errors.

  • and where do the styles from the etc directory go for the OpenDocument Text Export? Sep 19, 2012 at 13:50
  • Nevermind, I figured it out—just put the entire etc directory next to the lisp directory. so in the following example, it would be in the orgdir (setq load-path (cons "~/path/to/orgdir/lisp" load-path)) (taken from Doug Harris' answer) Sep 19, 2012 at 14:00

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