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Exploring the Org Roam DB API

Today we'll take a look at the org-roam-db-query function which allows us to gather information about our notes and their connections to other notes.

This API actually queries a local SQLite database! We may have to look at the docs for emacsql to learn more of the options.

(require 'org-roam-node)

Checking out the DB schema

Take a look at org-roam-db.el, find the comment labelled "Schemata" (line 144).

There are functions for accessing columns like org-roam-node-tags.

Querying for nodes

There are a few useful ways to do this:

  • org-roam-node-read: Show a completion list, potentially filtered, returning selected node
  • org-roam-node-at-point: Figure out which node is represented by where the cursor is
  • org-roam-db-query: Query the database directly using SQL-like syntax

There are other useful functions in org-roam-db.el that we might look at if we have time!

Org Roam Manual: Accessing and Modifying Nodes

Show a completion list of nodes with specific tag

(defun my/org-roam-select-language ()
   (lambda (node)
     (member "Language" (org-roam-node-tags node)))
   (lambda (completion-a completion-b)
     (< (length (org-roam-node-title (cdr completion-a)))
        (length (org-roam-node-title (cdr completion-b)))))

Build an agenda from tagged nodes

(require 'seq)

(defun my/org-roam-get-project-notes ()
    (lambda (node)
      (member "Project" (org-roam-node-tags node)))

(setq org-directory "~/RoamFiles")
(setq org-agenda-files (my/org-roam-get-project-notes))

Build an agenda from projects linked to a node

EmacSQL readme:

(defun my/org-roam-show-linked-agenda ()
  (let ((node (org-roam-node-read))
    (setq org-agenda-files
        (cons (org-roam-node-file node)
                (lambda (res)
                (org-roam-node-file (org-roam-node-from-id (car res))))
                    [:select :distinct [dest]
                        :from links
                        :where (= source $s1)
                        :and (= type "id")]
                    (org-roam-node-id node)))))

Adding information to the node completion list

Showing node TODO state:

(setq org-roam-node-display-template "${title:*} ${todo:10} ${tags:20}")

Showing node deadline:

(setq org-roam-node-display-template "${title:*} Deadline: ${deadline:10} ${tags:20}")