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Resources

A meta list of resources useful for learning the ins and outs of the markdown-based personal knowledge management tool Obsidian.

In the interests of efficiency (and a pathological avoidance of redundant work), this list is not intended to take the place of other Obsidian resources. It will, however, hopefully maintain a static 'state of the meta' roundup of resources that might also be worth following along with, depending on your use-case. This is not necessarily exhaustive, and will skew towards things that get resurfaced often.

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Official

  • For fast, synchronous discussion of potential bugs, the Obsidian Members Group on Discord is probably your best bet, and the developers are very active there.
  • The best place for longform, evergreen resources, workflow tips, and code snippets is the Discourse forum. This is definitely where bug reports and feature requests should go so they don't get lost in the shuffle of Discord conversation. For ease of using it as an archival system, please, please, search before creating a new report.
  • If you really hate live chats and creating new accounts, the ObsidianMD reddit community does exist and is monitored by the Obsidian mod team.  
  • Note: Due to the incredible pace of development, it's really hard to keep Obsidian-related documentation up to date. If you'd like to help, you can contribute on the github repository.
  • The getting started guide isn't always the most cutting edge, but it has the benefit of being official. A quasi-official community-run alternative is the Hub, which strives to collect showcases, templates, guides, workflows, courses, and resources (including the Obsidian roundup) into an organized, easy-to-search format. I strongly recommend starting there when looking for information, as it's the most centralized resource I'm aware of. If you know of something that isn't included, please consider submitting a pull request to add it!

For Beginners

Personal Knowledge Management

Workflows

  • This meta thread on various sync options is meant to offer explanations of how to set up third party sync, which are not generally officially supported by the developers but do often work if you put in the setup time.
  • This dataview snippet showcase is an incredibly useful list of how one can leverage the incredibly powerful dataview plugin, which was also the topic of the first Obsidian Community Talk. Here's Part 1 and Part 2 on YouTube. It's easy to miss, but there's a thread in Discord (under #plugin-advanced) for Dataview where a lot of the Dataview experts hang out and help troubleshoot issues. I recommend checking out this excellent beginner's guide before asking questions there, though.
  • This meta thread on migration workflows is meant to be a roundup of methods to people import/transfer from other tools.
  • @liam maintains an unofficial FAQ for plugin development that is pretty helpful. This mini FAQ is also a handy place to start if you're interested in developing plugins for Obsidian.

Other Resources

  • Obsidian Community Talks is community driven and open-ended based on what sorts of discussions people request. Everyone is welcome to host!