Obsidian Notes is a great note-taking application that is built to store your notes locally on your computer. This makes the notes more secure. There is only one problem with this: what if you want to open your notes on another device(s)? Fortunately, because Obsidian uses a simple folder structure and markdown as its format, it is very straight-forward to use a cloud storage service like Dropbox to have your Obsidian Notes be available on all of your devices.
So how do you setup Obsidian Notes to use Dropbox? Enclosed below are the steps to setup an Obsidian vault on Dropbox:
- Open up the Dropbox folder on your computer
- Create a new folder to house the Obsidian Vault(s) you want to access on multiple devices
- Open up Obsidian Notes
- Click on the “Open Another Vault” button
- Click on Create New Vault
- Give new Vault a name
- Click Browse to Bring up the File Explorer
- Navigate to the folder in your Dropbox folder where you want to store your vault(s)
- Click the Create Button
- Click OK
This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the above steps will images of each step in the process.
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Let’s get started with the tutorial 😀.
Create a New Folder in Your Dropbox folder
On your computer, navigate to your Dropbox folder. This will require that you have the Dropbox client installed on your computer. Next, create a new folder to hold the Obsidian vaults you want to store in Dropbox.
Create a Folder for Each Vault
Create a separate folder for each vault you plan on storing in Dropbox. For this tutorial, we are creating one folder called “Dropboxy” to hold a vault we will name Dropboxy.
Open up Obsidian and click “Open another vault”
Now you need to open up Obsidian Notes. Toward the bottom of the left panel of the Obsidian Notes window, click the “Open another vault” button as shown in the screenshot above.
Click the “Create new vault” button
The vault options screen will appear with a list of your existing vaults in the left panel and your vault options in the main window. Click the “Create new vault” button as shown in the screenshot above to create a new vault.
Give Your New Vault a Name
Next, in the “Vault name” text box, fill in the name you want to give your vault. In this tutorial, we will name our vault Dropboxy.
Click “Browse” to Open the File Explorer
We need to pick our Dropbox folder now. Click the “Browse” button in the Location section as shown in the screenshot above.
Select the Dropbox Folder
You should now see the file explorer window. Navigate to the Dropbox folder you set up earlier to store your Obsidian Notes.
Click the “Create” Button
Click the “Create” button to create your vault inside of Dropbox.
Your New Vault
You should now see your new vault. Let’s add some notes to it to test whether the vault is working properly with Dropbox syncing.
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Create a New Note in Obsidian
Let’s create a new note to test Dropbox syncing of the Obsidian Notes vault. Click the “New note” button to create a new note.
Fill in your Note with Content
Fill in your note with some content. We will be adding content to this note on another device as well to confirm bi-directional sync.
Setup Dropbox integration on another Device
One of the cool things about Obsidian Notes is that it uses Markdown as its file format. This allows you to open up notes you create in any application that support markdown (.md) files. This is huge, especially if you want to open an Obsidian Note on a platform that Obsidian Notes doesn’t currently (at the time of this blog post being written) support, like iOS and Android.
I like to write on my iPad Pro and 1Writer is my favorite text editor on iOS. 1Writer supports markdown files and thus can open Obsidian Notes. Setting up Dropbox integration in 1Writer is really easy, just select Dropbox.
Navigate to your Obsidian Notes folder
Select the folder containing all your Obsidian Notes vaults that are in Dropbox.
Select the Vault Folder
Select the specific vault folder you want to add to 1Writer and click the “Choose This Folder” button to add the folder (vault) to 1Writer.
Opening your Obsidian Note in 1Writer
Click on the folder you just added to 1Writer. A list of the notes in the folder should appear in the left panel as shown in the screenshot above. All of the notes in the vault should be listed in the left panel. Open the note that you edited earlier in this tutorial.
Edit Your Note
Next, we want to test editing a note on one device and seeing those edits in Obsidian Notes on another device. Make some edits in your note.
Confirm that your edits synced to Obsidian Notes
Now go back to Obsidian Notes on your original device and check to see if the note has the updates you made on another device (in the case of our tutorial, the edits we just made in 1Writer on the iPad Pro). You should see the edits you made.
You should be able to edit your Obsidian Notes on any device that is connected to your Dropbox account.
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Good luck!
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