Frame rate drop when panning and zooming in Canvas

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open Obsidian Canvas.
  2. Add notes, cards, or images and link them together until the canvas is fairly complex.

Expected result

Panning and zooming on the Canvas should stutter very little or not at all.

Actual result

Panning and zooming on the Canvas when a lot of items are onscreen is choppy and slow, making it hard to edit and view the Canvas.


  • Operating system: Windows 11
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v1.1.9
    Installer version: v0.15.8
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22621
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: off
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: Minimal v6.2.0
    Snippets enabled: 12
    Restricted mode: off
    Plugins installed: 31
    Plugins enabled: 31
    1: Templater v1.16.0
    2: Advanced Tables v0.18.1
    3: Calendar v1.5.10
    4: Dataview v0.5.53
    5: Hotkeys++ v0.2.7
    6: Natural Language Dates v0.6.1
    7: Note Refactor v1.7.1
    8: Periodic Notes v0.0.17
    9: Review v1.6.4
    10: Tag Wrangler v0.5.6
    11: Editor Syntax Highlight v0.1.3
    12: Paste URL into selection v1.7.0
    13: Buttons v0.4.19
    14: Better Word Count v0.9.1
    15: Graph Analysis v0.15.4
    16: Smart Random Note v0.2.1
    17: Advanced Slides v1.19.0
    18: Zoom v1.1.1
    19: Hotkey Helper v0.3.15
    20: Hover Editor v0.11.8
    21: Sortable v0.3.0
    22: Text Format v2.2.1
    23: Workspaces Plus v0.3.3
    24: List Callouts v1.0.10
    25: Admonition v9.0.5
    26: Spaced Repetition v1.9.4
    27: Vault Statistics v0.1.3
    28: Banners v1.3.3
    29: Excalidraw v1.8.9
    30: Style Settings v0.4.12
    31: Minimal Theme Settings v6.2.0

Additional information

Here is a zoomed out image of my most complex Canvas. At this level of complexity, Canvas slows down almost to the point of being unworkable.

My suggestion to you here: Big Canvases Slow Considerably was to try with the default theme - have you done that?

It wouldn’t hurt to update your installer. Download and install from

12 snippets and 31 plugins isn’t outrageous, but it’s quite a few. I’d start from the ground up:

  • How is it in your vault with the default theme, no snippets, and restricted mode ON?
  • How is it with Minimal, no snippets, and restricted mode ON?
  • How is it with Minimal, snippets, and restricted mode ON?
  • With restricted mode OFF, turn on plugins in batches; divide and conquer can help.
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Good suggestions, thanks. And I’m moving this over to Help until these steps are attempted.

Canvas is super cool and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Unfortunately, as my canvases get larger (but not insanely large or complex), the interface slows down considerably, to where it’s pretty hard to continue using the canvas.

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If you don’t fill out and follow the bug report template, it’s difficult for people to help (and your post probably won’t be considered a bug) :smiley:

How’s the default theme? Some heavy CSS themes slow Canvas down a lot.


(Also I merged your duplicate post into here. Please only post once per bug.)

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