I got used to my web clippers clipping articles for my future readings before on Pocket, then Evernote, then Notion, and wanted a similar system for Obsidian now that I’m moving to it from Notion. Before I direct these to an “Inbox”, and then process it at least weekly by moving to a corresponding notebook, reading, taking notes, etc.
So after looking at markdown clippers, found this: MaoXian web clipper,Saving images localStorage
Here’s the links for it:
Firefox - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/maoxian-web-clipper/
Chrome - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/maoxian-web-clipper/kjahokgdcbohofgdidndeiaigkehdjdc
I feel like it should be recognized more since it really is a good one. It can even save images with fairly unique IDs (seems to be based on base64 conversion). And you can save it directly to your Obsidian vault too.
Now I don’t have an Inbox, since I use a flat structure for markdown files. But I found I can process the files since I see them by date, and can see the orphaned nodes. Another that I just learned right now is I can customize the default front matter and include a tag automatically. Which makes finding them easier.
So my work flow is like this.
- I click the clip button on the task bar, and then clip the entire article. I don’t bother putting in tags or categories on the pop-up.
- The markdown file with a $YYYY-$MM-$DD-$TITLE.md format is saved to my root folder. The images with unique IDs are saved in assets/images.
- I just review these notes and tag/backlink/make notes appropriately.
To set this up:
So what the above does is save the clipping to markdown, and it saves your markdown file to a folder named “mx-wc” by default in your Downloads folder.
So to redirect this to your Obsidian vault here’s the steps:
- First delete the
mx-wcfolder. We’re going to replace it with a symlink.
- Symlink your vault to your Downloads folder.
ln -s /Users/user/Documents/Obsidian-Vault ~/Downloads/mx-wc
And then it’s done! Get automatically stored web clippings. Super kudos to the one who did that web clipper extension.
*I’ve only tested this for a day or so with about 10+ web clippings in my vault. So far had no conflicts or issues at all. To be fair, I do use Git so I felt like I wouldn’t have sync issues. It might be safer to do this in another vault though if you still feel unsure about this method!
An alternate method would be:
- Just leave the mx-wc folder in your downloads folder. And copy paste the markdown files and the assets folder to your vault manually. This is the safer method if anything.