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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 ( @Licat and @Silver) are very active there. @Licat handles more of the backend stuff, while @Silver primarily does front-end work and handles most customer service things.
  • 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

Appearance

  • @gitobsidiantutorial via @foreveryone has several repositories, including some nifty CSS for tabs, some ways manipulate images, kanban boards that work with outline lists, and a handy tutorial for how to set up git with Obsidian if you've never used git before.
  • @klaas maintains a list of popular CSS snippets on github as well.
  • @Reggie has a nice youtube tutorial for how to create a custom theme.

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. @SkepticMystic is currently an excellent point of contact about dataview, although @blacksmithgu is the developer.
  • This meta thread on migration workflows is meant to be a roundup of methods to people import/transfer from other tools.
  • @liam, the mod who is currently most involved with plugin code review and created Calendar, Obsidian's most frequently downloaded plugin, 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.
  • This tutorial on how to set up Zotero (a reference manager) for academic notes and get them into Obsidian markdown format with only a few clicks is really helpful. It also has some tips for leveraging the dataview plugin. @argentum and @cat are currently good points of contact about this.
  • @Eleanor Konik maintains an index of her workflow write-ups & interviews about how she uses Obsidian for Writing Fiction & Notes that includes links to relevant resources from other writers.

Videos

  • Bryan Jenks has a YouTube channel for Personal Knowledge Management that has a lot of tips and tricks for Obsidian, and is a popular resource for working with ADHD.
  • Anthony Gold runs the Obsidian Office Hours YouTube channel which is somewhat less active but does longform interviews with users to showcase different methods and styles of using Obsidian.
  • Obsidian Community Talks is community driven and open-ended based on what sorts of discussions people request.