Backlink in daily note from property link

Use case or problem

I create notes with date property and assign date, it shows the link icon, send that to the daily note, but there is not shown the backlink to the note with the date propery.

Proposed solution

Backlink view for the day note show notes with the date property set to that date.

Current workaround (optional)

Can use another property link to the daily note, but is redundant.


+1 from me. Would help to avoid having to create a text field with [[YYYY-MM-DD]] just to have linked dates. Reduces what could result in duplication of effort


In addition, it would be good to have a built-in conversion so that in the “Properties” pane, one could convert a text-based date property to a date-type property in all notes

E.g., currently I have

date: [[YYYY-MM-DD]] where date is a text property and I have added the date manually as a link.

When/if the ability to add dates as links to date-type properties is developed, it would be nice if changing a text-field, as above, to a date-field automatically reformatted the value in the correct way, while maintaining the link.

edit: sorry if I described this badly.

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I’d like to see this too. It’s how I expected YAML frontmatter in Obsidian to work in the first place and it’s been frustrating to work around it (for 2+ years). I’ve just avoided using frontmatter due to all the issues with Obsidian not interpreting tags and other text within it (if only that energy could be used when deciding what constitutes a backlink, eg URLs being seen as possible matches)

If YAML is being promoted as a supported feature then these links should work as date references within the app.

+1 indeed. I have a created date, and modified date(s), in format [[YYYYMMDD]], in every note, and so I can open a daily note at any time and see what I was doing on that day via the backlinks function. As @ryadaj says, this means the date fields in the properties section need to be either removed or duplicated. Ability to link date fields, as we can text and list fields, is the solution