How to install note-taking app Obsidian on Ubuntu 23.04

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Obsidian is note-taking app, that allows you to write your notes easily on your computer.

Obsidian is free for personal use. However, if you are going to use it commercially you need to switch to the paid plan.

Obsidian supports multiple operating systems, such as : Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android and IOS.

The thing that I like about Obsidian is that It is a cross-platform app, which means you can write and access your notes from multiple devices. For example, you can write your notes using your phone, and computer at the same time.

Another great feature that Obsidian has is that it allows you to invite your friend or colleagues to collaborate on your notes, so you can share access to your notes and work on them together.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Obsidian on Ubuntu 23.04.

Step 1 - Download Obsidian Deb

Obsidian ships using different package formats on Linux.

In this tutorial, we are going to install Obsidian by installing its official deb file.

First, launch your terminal, and run the command below to download Obsidian binary file

wget https://github.com/obsidianmd/obsidian-releases/releases/download/v1.3.7/obsidian_1.3.7_amd64.deb

Step 2 - Install Obsidian

Once you have downloaded Obsidian binary file, you can proceed to install it. To install a deb file on Ubuntu is very simple, and it can done by using apt package manager.

On your terminal, run the command below to install obsidian_1.3.7_amd64.deb

sudo apt install ./obsidian_1.3.7_amd64.deb

Step 3 - Launch Obsidian

Now that Obsidian is installed on your system, you can launch it via

obsidian

Alternatively, you can launch Obsidian from the applications menu.

Step 4 - Create a Note

When you run Obsidian for the first time, you will see the following window.

By default if you create a note without creating a custom vault on your computer, Obsidian will save all notes to a folder called "Obsidian Vault". This vault is located on /home/documents/Obsidian Vault

In this tutorial, we are going to create a vault first, and then write notes inside this vault.

To create a vault, click to "Open another vault" button

You will be taken to this window, now simply click to "Create" button under create a new vault option

Next, set a name for your vault, and then choose the location where you want to save this vault, and finally click to the "Create" button to save changes

And vault should be created.

Now you can create a note inside the vault that you just created. To do this, click to "Create new file"

Now you can write your notes, and they will be automatically saved to your vault

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned how to install Obsidian on Ubuntu 23.04, a cross-platform note-taking app. Even though we made this tutorial on Ubuntu 23.04, You should be able to install Obsidian on any Debian based linux distro by following the installation steps in this tutorial.