File links can contain additional information to make Emacs jump to
a particular location in the file when following a link. This can be
a line number or a search option after a double colon36. For
example, when the command
org-store-link creates a link (see
Handling Links) to a file, it encodes the words in the current line
as a search string that can be used to find this line back later when
following the link with C-c C-o.
Here is the syntax of the different ways to attach a search to a file link, together with explanations for each:
[[file:~/code/main.c::255]] [[file:~/xx.org::My Target]] [[file:~/xx.org::*My Target]] [[file:~/xx.org::#my-custom-id]] [[file:~/xx.org::/regexp/]]
Jump to line 255.
Search for a link target ‘<<My Target>>’, or do a text search for ‘my target’, similar to the search in internal links, see Internal Links. In HTML export (see HTML Export), such a file link becomes a HTML reference to the corresponding named anchor in the linked file.
In an Org file, restrict search to headlines.
Link to a heading with a ‘CUSTOM_ID’ property
Do a regular expression search for REGEXP. This uses
the Emacs command
occur to list all matches in a separate
window. If the target file is in Org mode,
org-occur is used
to create a sparse tree with the matches.
As a degenerate case, a file link with an empty file name can be used to search the current file. For example, ‘[[file:::find me]]’ does a search for ‘find me’ in the current file, just as ‘[[find me]]’ would.
For backward compatibility, line numbers can also follow a single colon.