Canvas: Add toggle to disable Adding Web-Pages

Use case or problem

In terms of Security, Obsidian is a Electron App, and so far as my knowledge goes Electron isn’t strictly designed for web security in the manner a web browser is designed. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Currently, with the release of version 1.1, Obsidian’s new Canvas plugin allows for adding in webpages.

Proposed solution

Add a settings area for the Canvas Plugin, with a toggle that disables the adding web-pages feature.

Current workaround (optional)

I simply don’t use the feature…but the option is still there, and I personally don’t like having features be there that I don’t use.

I also from time to time use Obsidian offline on-the-go so I don’t even want to add web-enabled features that would “break” with no internet access.

Related feature requests (optional)

In the Future, possibly even add a feature to disable loading in web-content period–if the toggle is off.

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This is a non issue. Pages in canvas are added as if they were in chrome, with the same isolation.


Following up with what WhiteNoise said, sites embedded in Obsidian’s canvases are ran in “untrusted” mode - they are completely sandboxed from the rest of the app, they do NOT have access to privileged system APIs, and they are displayed simply like a tab in Chrome.


Amazing! Thank you for educating me on this!

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