Internal links don't work as reference links

Steps to reproduce

Create a reference link to an internal file, e.g.:



Expected result

I’d expect the link to look the same as if I wrote


which is to say, like a regular link, and if I click on it, it should open the file.

Actual result

It produces a link that has a “box with an arrow” next to it (I think this symbolizes an external link?), and when I click on it, it brings up a dialog saying

"Are you sure you want to open this link?

Link: app://"

And when I click “Open this link”, nothing happens.


  • Operating system: Mac OS 12.3 (21E230)
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    Obsidian version: v0.13.33
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Internal-reference links work with a URL.


[1]: obsidian://open?

Don’t know why internal reference links need a URL but internal inline links don’t.


we don’t support it. open a feature request.