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Feature highlights

Portable and expressive

For portability, Obsidian supports CommonMark and GitHub Flavored Markdown (GFM):

  • Code fence with syntax highlighting
  • | Markdown table |
  • - [x] Task list
  • ~~Strikethrough~~

For expressiveness, Obsidian also supports:

  • #Tags
  • $$LaTeX math$$
  • [^Footnotes]
  • [[Internal links]]
  • ![[Filename]] to embed notes and other files
Link as first-class citizen

We want your second brain to work like a real brain, so Obsidian encourages you to make connections between your notes. Simply type [[ and Obsidian will auto-complete the link.

With connections in place, you can navigate your notes and get inspiration with backlinks and graph view.

The note multiplexer

Obsidian is great if you have large screens and atomic short notes. Panes in Obsidian can be split infinitely and resized, and they make cross-referencing multiple notes a breeze.

Panes can be pinned to keep its content or linked together so they can show different views of the same note. Combine panes to set up your powerful workspaces.

Build your own Obsidian

With plugins, you can build your own note-taking toolkit like a Lego set.

Here are the current plugins, and we're constantly adding new ones:

  • Graph view: view a graphical representation of all your notes and connections, as well as open a local graph for your individual note.
  • Page preview: mouse over internal links to preview the content.
  • Backlinks: show "what links here" and find undiscovered connections.
  • Daily notes: create today's note with custom date format and optional use a template.
  • Tag pane: view all your tags in one place.
  • Starred notes: bookmark important and frequently accessed notes.
  • File explorer: browse files in your vault and sort them.
  • Word count: language aware word and character count for your current note.
  • Search: extremely performant vault-wide search, with advanced operators and regex support.
  • Markdown format converter: imports your Markdown export from Zettelkasten systems and Roam Research into Obsidian.
  • Zettelkasten prefixer: generate unique ID for your note.
  • Templates: lets you quickly insert snippets of text into your current note.
  • Random note: opens a random note, useful for reviewing and discovering.
  • Quick switcher: jump to or create note with keyboard only.
  • Outline: shows the list of headings for the current note, and allows you to navigate to another section by clicking on a heading.
  • Command palette: use Obsidian without leaving your keyboard.
  • Audio recorder: record a voice memo and embed directly in your notes.
  • Slides: present your Markdown notes as a slideshow by separating slides with ---.
  • Open in default app: quickly open files with your OS default application, as well as show file in the OS file explorer.
  • File recovery: takes snapshots of your changes and let you revert to them.
  • Publish (paid): lets you publish notes from your vault onto your site, all within Obsidian.
  • Sync (paid): sync your vaults across devices with end-to-end encryption.