Automatic creation of backlinks from unlinked mentions affects existing links

Steps to reproduce

Make a file called baz with the following content:

[foo foobar bar](

Then make a file called foobar.

From foobar, open the backlinks pane and look for unlinked mentions

Expected result

Obsidian would observe how both occurrences of “foobar” in baz are either a label of an already defined link, or part of a url. These should never be changed into internal links.

Actual result


Automatically linking these have destructive behavior.


  • Operating system: Manjaro GNOME
  • Obsidian version: 0.12.19 (installer version 0.12.12) from flathub
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