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What Is Obsidian?

Obsidian is a powerful knowledge management software.

With a local folder of plain text markdown files and note publishing ability, Obsidian provides knowledge building blocks.

Who Uses Obsidian?

Individuals, teams, and companies seeking custom-built solutions.

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Reviews of Obsidian

Average score

Overall
4.8
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.5
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.7

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
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5
85%
4
15%
Jason Edward
Jason Edward
Marketer in South Africa
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

The best note taking app - hands down

5.0 2 years ago

Pros:

Word's cannot express my gratitude to the Obsidian app and the amazing community built around it. I use this app daily on my desktop and mobile with cloud syncing. It has allowed me to take notes on anything at any time, and most importantly, made it easy to review my notes so I can learn from them.

Cons:

Obsidian is unique in that there are new plugins being built all the time by the community. That help the app be more intuitive and feature rich. However I still feel their graph view has a lot of potential for improvement. I think the graph view right now is visually interesting to look at, but not nearly as effective as it could be. I'd like to be able to manipulate it more, and see more clearly the patterns between links, right now it becomes overwhelming as there is too many interlinked notes. It's difficult to gleam insights from them.

Harold
Postdoctoral fellow in France
Research, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The best knowledge management software

5.0 last year

Comments: I have been looking for years for a good (not even great) note-taking / knowledge management system. I have tried many different apps (like Evernote, Simplenote, Gnome Notes, Google Keep, etc.), but I did not like anything. I started considering writing my own app and was taking some notes. Then, Obsidian arrived and blew my mind. I increased my efficiency 100-fold after starting to use it for basically everything (from my notes on string theory and machine learning to my cooking recipes). I would never go back to any other system.

Pros:

The fact that it's very fast to take notes (simple markdown format, Latex included…) and to retrieve quickly something (through the fuzzy filename matching, full-text search or tags). That it's possible to sync across various devices (with an excellent mobile app) is outstanding. The extension system is very helpful to supplement features. Also having an open file format is reassuring in case the creators stop updating the app.

Cons:

The single most annoying aspect is the lack of proper bibliography / citations management. There is a plugin, but I don't like too much how it works. Otherwise, there is no default.

Ivy
Admin in Canada
Telecommunications, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

You may need some tech knowledge to use it better

4.0 5 months ago

Pros:

I think Obsidian is ideal for text-centric tasks and it excels in note-taking and daily task tracking.

Cons:

It's missing the ability to create forms which might be a bummer for me. Setting up team collaboration isn't a walk in the park either – it lacks the seamless integration for smooth group work.

Aakash
Accessibility Consultant in UK
Information Technology & Services, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Aesthetic and modern

5.0 2 months ago New

Pros:

A very aesthetic and modern knowledge management software that is very easy to use. The ability to easily use markdown to format your content is amazing. The software makes it very easy to split content between folders and notes.

Cons:

Some great features are behind a paywall which is a bit annoying but understandable. It would be good to have a basic feature such as cloud sync available for free.

Oscar
commission analyst in Portugal
Information Technology & Services, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Obsidian best tool to keep knowledge

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: it is great, I use it in my work to keep all the knowledge i gather from the task I do, and also in my personal life to study, as you have this digital record to come back and review, for me is better tool than One note or Evernote, and if you dont have something you want, there are additional modules you can add for free.

Pros:

i loved the linkage of data using the brackets, this makes more easy to construct complex information articles, especially when you have abstract information that you need to deconstruct for understand.

Cons:

that you have to pay for the multi--device link a subscription, I think it should be a one time payment.