4.8 out of 5 with 40 ratings

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A great knowledge tool based in simple markdown files. You're in charge of your own data.

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Well beyond a simply repository of notes, it really links ideas together and provides knowledge related. Great software.

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Obsidian is an excellent app for managing and writing markdown files. It supports backlinks, import from various sources, interactive graphs with filtering capability, block-level references, and much more.

The Publish service allows you to easily publish your notes so you can share them with others. It has completely replaced my blog.

Plugin API and secure sync are also coming soon.

IMO the most crucial aspect of Obsidian, is its developers and community. They are all welcoming and accommodating. The developers are impressive.

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The best note taking app after Zim. As a downside, it's Electron based, but it is a very performant one (like VS Code).
It has all the essential feature for building a knowledge base plus some plugins.
It's free for personal use, stores files in a folder of your choice and it doesn't require access with an account.
For me, that have sadly stick with Zim considering all the despicable practices and lack of features of the "modern", almost all Electron or web based with horrible performances and non-native feel note taking app, this is a true revelation.

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Absolute game-changer. It has completely revolutionized how I think and write. And it's still only in beta!
Ideal for de-centralized notetaking and thinking. Perfect for Zettelkasten based methodologies. Super flexible. Very active community. Very responsive developers.

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Very promising. I have been looking a tool like this for years and testing many many note, brain, graphlink, mindlink, WiKI setups..
This is the first one which feels like a worth to go for the real hard core testing and use.

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Truly excellent in many ways. It's really well-designed for personal knowledge base usage and has the right combination of key features (WYSIWYG implementation is pretty much all that's missing and that's on their roadmap). HOWEVER, its big, glaring drawback is that it is not free and open source software. There is nothing in this organization's business model that prevents them from making it FOSS. The only rationale they've provided for not doing so, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. If they chose to commit to respecting my freedom on my own computer by providing the application as FOSS, I'd adopt it and pay for their service immediately. They'd get other benefits from doing so as well.

I'd rate this five stars if only it was free and open source software.

[Edited by jchalifour, December 10]

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Would've appreciated if it could allow me to double-click markdown (.md) files from file manager and have that document opened inside Obsidian, but that doesn't happen. It only opens the app and then I'll have to search for the file again inside the app. Same issue was present in the similar app, Zettlr. Reported the issues to both developers. Zettlr dev 'fixed' the issue, although the fix didn't work properly (too long to describe here). Sadly, Obsidian devs haven't responded to my issue report yet. I might try and nag a little bit more, since being able to directly open markdown files from your file explorer is pretty essential in my opinion. (When that's done, I'll bump my review to 5 stars.)

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Best PKM tool on the market now.

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Lightweight and very customizable
Fast development with regular releases
Markdown rather than outline/blocks
Cross-platform: works on Linux, MacOS, and Windows
Functionality extensions with a growing number of plugins

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It's clean, it uses plain text and markdown, it stores your files on your own computer rather than on someone else's servers in the cloud. It's free.

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Roam-like in scope, but my data is local -- which allows me to use other tools, run scripts against directories and files, push to git, etc.

Super active community as well.

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It's eliminated Evernote, Google Keep & Dynalist from my life entirely.

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I live on the edge of internetland and often lose connection... so the local database rather than online only is a key requrement for me.
I also like having easy access to my files, permanently... rather than being locked into a subscription to access my infrormation.

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