If you’re looking to get the most out of your Obsidian experience, then you need to check out the incredible ecosystem of plugins available.
These plugins can help you manage tasks, organize your notes automatically, visualize your notes more effectively, make your notes prettier, and so much more.
In this article, we will take a look at nine of the best plugins for Obsidian. So whether you’re just getting started with Obsidian or you’ve been using it for years, there’s sure to be something here for you!
Note: If you’ve never used a plugin in Obsidian before, checkout our guide to community plugins.
If you’re looking for a way to make your Obsidian notes more organized and visually appealing, then you need to check out the Advanced Tables plugin. This plugin makes it much easier to create beautiful tables in your notes, which can be helpful for organizing information or tracking data. You can also create excel-like calculations, although fair warning: they can be pretty complex.
The Banners plugin is a great way to add some visual interest to your Obsidian notes. This plugin lets you insert banner images into your notes, which can be a great way to break up long blocks of text or add some visual interest to otherwise bland notes. You can also use the Banners plugin to create custom banners, which is a great way to add your own personal touch to your notes.
If you use MOCs, banners are particularly helpful to keep your MOCs distinct and engaging.
The Calendar plugin displays your daily notes on a calendar. It’s only useful if you use Daily Notes, but if you do use Daily Notes, it’s essential. There is no better way to keep track of your daily notes.
Note: if you want to learn more about journaling in Obsidian, see Supercharge your daily notes in Obsidian.
The Dataview plugin is another must-have for anyone who wants to better organize and visualize their Obsidian notes. This plugin lets you create custom views of your data, which can be incredibly helpful for spotting trends or finding patterns. You can also use the Dataview plugin to create charts and graphs, which is a great way to visualize your data in a more effective way.
If you’re interested in Dataview but haven’t tried it out yet, take a look at our beginner’s guide to Dataview.
Note: if you have trouble creating queries in Dataview, checkout this visual query builder.
The Tasks plugin is a great way to keep track of your to-dos in Obsidian. This plugin lets you create tasks and subtasks, and then assign Due Dates, Priorities, and Tags to them. You can also use the Tasks plugin to track your progress on projects, which is incredibly helpful for keeping on track and ensuring that you’re making progress.
Tasks also has a query language that gives you a ton of options when it comes to automating your tasks. See how we created a “do today” note. Or if you want a full guide for managing projects in Obsidian, check out this guide.
The Kanban plugin is a great way to visually organize your Obsidian notes. This plugin lets you create Kanban boards in your notes, which can help track tasks, organize information, or simply visualize your data in a more effective way. You can also use the Kanban plugin to create custom views of your notes, which is a great way to tailor the plugin to your specific needs.
The Style Settings plugin is a great way to customize the look and feel of your Obsidian notes. This plugin lets you change the font, size, and color of your notes, as well as the background color. You can also use the Style Settings plugin to create custom CSS rules, which is a great way to make your Obsidian notes look exactly the way you want them to.
Many of the Community Themes also integrate with Style Settings, so you may be able to use it to customize your favorite theme. Handy!
The Outliner plugin is a great way to create outlines of your Obsidian notes. This plugin lets you create hierarchical outlines, which can help organize information or brainstorm ideas. You can also use the Outliner plugin to create custom views of your notes, which is a great way to tailor the plugin to your specific needs.
Obsidian Charts is a plugin that allows you to create charts and graphs directly in your Obsidian notes. This plugin is incredibly helpful for visualizing data, tracking progress, or simply adding some visual interest to your notes. The setup process can be a little tricky, but if you’re willing to put in the time, it’s worth it! Here’s how we use the Charts plugin.
Obsidian has so many great plugins that we had trouble choosing just nine. Below are some of our runner-ups.
If you add footnotes or references to your notes, this is a must-have. Like tables, footnotes are a bit of a pain to write in Markdown. This plugin allows you insert a footnote at the press of a button. More on the footnotes plugin here.
If you back up your Obsidian Vault with Git (which we recommend), the Git plugin can be invaluable. It automates a lot of the busywork behind git, which is very useful.
Natural Language Dates
The Natural Language Dates plugin is very handy, especially if you’re managing tasks in Obsidian. This plugin allows you to type relative dates, such as “tomorrow”, and the plugin will convert it to a proper date.
This plugin is a handy way to keep your notes small. If one of your notes is getting too big, you can highlight a chunk and automatically create a new note and a link to that note. Very handy for creating atomic notes.
Want reminders in Obsidian? Look no further than the Reminder plugin. This plugin works well with the Natural Language Dates and Tasks plugins listed above.
A lot of people love templater. Your mileage may vary: some people find that the built-in template plugin does everything they need. But if you want some extra automation capabilities, Templater is a great place to look.
So there you have it! Nine of the best Obsidian plugins (and a few bonuses) to help you take your notes from good to great. Which ones are you going to try out first? Let us know in the comments below!
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