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14.4 Extracting source code

Creating pure source code files by extracting code from source blocks is referred to as “tangling”---a term adopted from the literate programming community. During “tangling” of code blocks their bodies are expanded using org-babel-expand-src-block which can expand both variable and “noweb” style references (see section 14.10 Noweb reference syntax).

Header arguments

:tangle no
The default. The code block is not included in the tangled output.
:tangle yes
Include the code block in the tangled output. The output file name is the name of the org file with the extension ‘.org’ replaced by the extension for the block language.
:tangle filename
Include the code block in the tangled output to file ‘filename’.


Tangle the current file. Bound to C-c C-v t.
Choose a file to tangle. Bound to C-c C-v f.


This hook is run from within code files tangled by org-babel-tangle. Example applications could include post-processing, compilation or evaluation of tangled code files.
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