If the themes folder is a macOS alias to another vault's theme folder, Obsidian might not find the themes (workaround available)

Steps to reproduce

  1. Have multiple vaults
  2. Install/create themes in one vault (say, vault “A”)
  3. Make the theme folders of the other vaults macOS aliases to vault A’s theme folder

Expected result

Vaults should be able to follow the alias and find the installed themes

Actual result

After restarting Obsidian, the vaults with alias theme folders do not find the local themes anymore


  • Operating system: macOS 12.6
  • Debug info:

Obsidian version: v1.0.3
Installer version: v0.14.15
Operating system: Darwin Kernel Version 21.6.0: Thu Sep 29 20:12:57 PDT 2022; root:xnu-8020.240.7~1/RELEASE_X86_64 21.6.0
Login status: not logged in
Insider build toggle: off
Live preview: on
Legacy editor: off
Base theme: dark
Community theme: My Comfort color dark
Snippets enabled: 0
Restricted mode: off
Plugins installed: 31
Plugins enabled: 28
1: Folder Note v0.7.3
2: Editor Syntax Highlight v0.1.3
3: Dangling links v0.3.0
4: Cycle through Panes v0.1.0
5: Code block from selection v1.0.7
6: Calendar v1.5.10
7: Better Word Count v0.8.1
8: Advanced Tables v0.17.3
9: Image Toolkit v1.3.1
10: koncham workspace v0.0.3
11: Link Archive v0.2.0
12: Local images v0.14.2
13: Maximise Active Pane v0.0.3
14: Metatable v0.14.3
15: Note Folder Autorename v0.1.2
16: Note Refactor v1.7.1
17: Obsidian Link Converter v0.1.4
18: Open vault in VSCode v1.2.1
19: Ozan’s Image in Editor Plugin v2.1.5
20: PDF to Markdown v0.0.7
21: Periodic Notes v0.0.17
22: Recent Files v1.3.3
23: Table of Contents v0.1.3
24: txt as md v0.0.1
25: Vimrc Support v0.7.3
26: Wikilinks to MDLinks v0.0.12
27: Workspaces Plus v0.3.2
28: Regex Find/Replace v1.2.0

Additional information


  1. Remove the macOS aliases
  2. Create symbolic links instead (ln -s <path-to-original-themes-folder> <path-to-link>)

not a bug. we don’t support this.