I am using Obsidian on macOS, Linux and Android - and today I installed it on my iPad as well. On iOS the only place where I can store my Vault is the “Obsidian” folder. I am aware that iOS has restrictions in the way apps can use the file system. But some apps allow creating and editing files outside of their “own” folder.
My use case: I want to be able to freely interact with the Obsidian markdown files from other apps. That would be best possible if I could store the vault anywhere on the accessible file system.
Offer a new option “Open Existing Vault” and use the iOS system file picker to get the location the user choose.
This is my most desired feature and I would pay for it as an in-app purchase if needed. Cryptomator just released their app with native Files integration and if Obsidian launched this feature it would enable fully encrypted cross-platform usage.
This is my use case, too . Being able to open an existing vault by selecting the folder where Cryptomator places the vault’s unencrypted files would essentially allow me to encrypt/decrypt the vault’s files on demand. It would make my data be encrypted at rest when I don’t actively use them .
go to the files app on iOS, choose a file of the vault and open it via share – that just leads me to the Obsidian vault option screen with creating a new vault, etc.
What I’m trying to do
Apparently there are several users having this problem: how do I open an existing vault in the iOS version of Obsidian?
I have seen this question numerous times, but no answer yet. All I get in the iOS version is the option to create a new vault or to open already known ones, but not to look for an existing one and open that.
I am not quite sure why this should be the solution!
The provided link speaks about syncing, I am talking about opening a vault. Apparently, I cannot go to a network drive via the Obsidian iOS App and open a vault.
I am using the tool in an environment in which due to security reasons the use of public clouds is a no-go, I therefore want to use a simple internal network drive to open a vault.
If it is not possible, OK - but the description in the link is not the solution, as far as understand - but I am happy to be corrected.
Understanding that this doesn’t address all the use cases described here, I’ll note for the benefit of others who might arrive at this thread searching, as I did, for a way to open existing iCloud vaults created on macOS using the iOS app: My workaround was to…
…have the iOS Obsidian app create a vault in iCloud in order to make it create the container in the proper way; then
move my existing vaults into that container;
return to the macOS Obsidian app, >File >Open Vault…;
select “Open folder as vault”; and
choose my existing vault(s, one at a time).
(Happy to move this comment elsewhere if there’s someplace more appropriate.)
Obsidian vaults cannot be stored in custom folder locations on iOS.
This decreases the storage flexibility of the vault contents. For example, it is not possible to store the vault in a folder being synchronized to a third party cloud provider.
Personally, I like to use a third party storage service and sync files with Cryptomator. Cryptomator creates a separate folder where data can be stored in. This is the main reason I cannot add any Obsidian vaults in there.
Allow vaults to be created and opened from custom locations.
This will allow the vaults to be present in folders and paths that are not decided by the software itself.
Current workaround (optional)
The only options I can see are to give in and use iCloud/Obsidian Sync or have some Git solution.
I’d really prefer just to create a vault in any folder that the user specifies.