Leading slash causes multiple Daily Note to be created

Steps to reproduce

  1. Daily Note Setting:
    Date Format: /[KW ]W/YYYY-MM-DD dddd
    New File Location: “”
    Template File Location: “”
    Open Daily Note on Startup: yes
  2. Open Obsidian/Vault → Daily Note gets created in folder "KW 46"
    with a file called "2023-11-16 Thursday"
  3. Close Obsidian
  4. Reopen Obsidian → Another daily note gets created now called "2023-11-16 Thursday 1"
  5. Repeat step 2-3 and another daily note gets created called "2023-11-16 Thursday 2"
    “Open todays daily note” also has the same behaviour

Did you follow the troubleshooting guide?

Yes. No plugins. Sandbox Vault.

Expected result

I expect to open the last file. Not create another file with an incrementing trailing number.
I need a custom folder for every week number.
A simple solution in code should be to check if the file already exists before creating another one.

Actual result

Everytime I open Obsidian a new file gets created even if the file already exists.


Obsidian version: v1.4.16
Installer version: v1.4.13
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.22621
Login status: not logged in
Insider build toggle: off
Live preview: on
Legacy editor: off
Base theme: dark
Community theme: none
Snippets enabled: 0
Restricted mode: on


Additional information


Can anyone give a feedback on this?

I ll double check

the problem is the first slash, you should not use it. Edited title.

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This was happening to me too. I did not have a leading ‘/’ in my format, but I had inadvertently put a double ‘//’. When I changed it to a single /, the problem went away.

the docs were updated

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