Logseq - a perfect companion for Obsidian

I’ve been really wanting a Roam-esque outliner experience to compliment Obsidian.

In my workflow, I use Obsidian as a hyper-curated high-signal workspace where I can crystalize my best ideas. I love the mindstate that Obsidian puts me in, but I was missing the fast, fluid nature of an outliner, especially Roam, with it’s focus on daily logging. I find it to be such a streamlined flow, but I just can’t get past the questionable aspects of it (price, lock-in, privacy, personalities, etc)…

I tried Dynalist, Workflowy, Roam and a few others… None of them have felt right for various reasons. I love the UI and experience of Dynalist and Workflowy, but the frictionless nature of the daily pages in Roam is a key ingredient that was missing.

Well I just discovered Logseq, which at first glance feels like a Roam clone, but underneath the hood it is an open-source outliner that shares the same values and guiding principles as Obsidian: Local storage and markdown files!

You can choose to either host your Logseq vault in a folder on your local machine, just like Obsidian, or you can host it in a private github repo.

You can actually open up your Logseq vault inside of Obsidian and view everything from there! The outlines are formatted in markdown headings - First level bullet is #, second level is ##, and so on… A local, markdown, plaintext outliner that rivals Roam and integrates with Obsidian. Awesome.

At present, it’s browser based, but desktop and mobile apps are in the pipeline.

I’m finding the combination of Logseq + Obsidian to be a match made in heaven.

I use Logseq for my ongoing scratchpad, fleeting ideas, and messy desk style workspace.

I use Obsidian for crystalizing my thoughts into coherent, valuable and sharable evergreen notes.

I originally wanted to have one app to rule them all, but Im actually liking this separation as it helps to optimize those different activities… Im free to make a mess and not worry about structure in Logseq, and with that impulse out of my system I am more inspired and prepared to approach Obsidian with more thoughtfulness, cleanliness and deliberation.

I allow for noise in Logseq, while curating nothing but signal in Obsidian.

Anyways, just wanted to share that, as Im quite excited about this find, and Im sure others here will be as well :slight_smile:

Enjoy :zap:

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Thanks for sharing this. I also came from Roam, mostly fed up with data loss, lack of transparency and poor support, but also missing the outliner experience. Since these became my breaking points, I wanted to ask if you have heard/experienced any data loss on Logseq (as opposed to Roam, Logseq clearly states the project is in alpha and the potential of files becoming corrupted), and if so, how was the support you/folks received?
I like the idea of a two-tool workflow, but I am not willing to lose data. After only one month using Obsidian and being part of the community, it is clear to me the gaps from Roam as an outliner will soon begin to be bridged.

I’ve only been using Logseq for a few days, and based on my experience and research I haven’t heard of any particular examples of data loss, but I do know that it was only a few days ago that the dev announced that the local file system is now considered “stable”.

I believe there were some instances of data corruption in the past, none of which i can cite at the moment, but something important to consider is that since you are either hosting your files via github or local storage, you have full control over everything. So if you just make a daily backup of your logseq vault, then theres really nothing to worry about. Just like with Obsidian, you can reinstate a backed up vault by opening the folder.

Ive found the editor to be a little glitchy at times, definitely not as smooth as Roam yet, but the foundation is solid and I feel really good about supporting this app. I think its headed in the right direction.

The fact that i control the files and can manage my own backups really makes it viable even though its still in a very early alpha stage. I’ve had a few glitches happen where things wont edit quite right or sometimes highlights arent editable, but a refresh usually fixes it.

If you join the logseq discord or read their twitter, you’ll see that the dev is a really great guy and his openness and clear communication is a breath of fresh air. He is very upfront about the current shortcomings, and alpha status.

Im really hoping that this app takes off :slight_smile:

As for your last comment about Obsidian, I agree - it probably wont be long until we see an outliner mode plugin show up. The fact that Logseq is based on local markdown files shows that this is more than possible, and it would be crazy to me if Obsidian didn’t end up with similar features as Logseq/Roam - albeit lighter weight. Personally, i dont need any of the advanced stuff - I mostly just use it as a simple outliner with [[links]] and a streamlined daily mind log.

If I could just do my outlining in Obsidian’s daily notes, then I’d probably just go all in on Obsidian and drop the need for anything else. We’ll see what happens :slight_smile:

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One of the Logseq team members here, thanks for checking us out!

Ive found the editor to be a little glitchy at times, definitely not as smooth as Roam yet, but the foundation is solid and I feel really good about supporting this app. I think its headed in the right direction.

We’re definitely still in alpha stage, but we’re actively working to improve! Also, you’ll be happy to know that we’re working exclusively on editor stability for the next few weeks, expect vast improvements on that front!

Feel free to send us any feedback and let us know if we can improve your Obsidian + Logseq workflow!

Truly an exciting time in PKM!

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Hey @andotvu thanks so much for your comment. You and the rest of the team have done an incredible job and I’m really stoked for the future of Logseq. It means a lot that you took the time to comment here.

I totally understand that you’re in alpha, and these little glitches and inconsistencies are part of the process. There hasn’t been anything significant enough to deter my usage of Logseq, and I happily cancelled my Roam subscription within a few days of finding you :slight_smile:

I am eagerly looking forward to the day your desktop and mobile apps are ready, as that will definitely complete my workflow. I think the only annoyance I have with logseq so far is that every time I open a new logseq tab, I have to click two buttons to allow editing priveleges. While that’s ultimately not a big deal, and once its open its good - it does interrupt the flow. Fortunately your desktop app will solve that problem!

As for Obsidian + Logseq workflow, I think the only thing that could use improvement would probably be the development of a plugin that can import or read Logseq notes in a more comfortable format in Obsidian. Right now, they are displayed as nested headings… It would be amazing to be able to convert everything to bulleted lists in Obsidian, or something thats not only heading based. I don’t know or understand the technical limitations, but I love being able to open my logseq notes in Obsidian, yet am not in love with the fact that they are all in heading format.

Thanks again… Looking forward to the future of logseq :slight_smile:

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Possibly a stupid question but how do define an ‘outliner’ ? Can you not do in obsidian with nesting ?

Always curious to hear how others use these great tools - up until now I’ve used my daily journal as a quick note dump with the intention of turning whatever’s needed into evergreen within the same app.

I did like logseq - I think I need an excuse to put it to use :joy:

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An outliner in my view is something that allows infinite nesting of collapsable and zoomable bullets… Also, bullets are drag and drop-able…

While you can do nested bullets in Obsidian, its very basic and the workflow is not anywhere near as fluid as something like Logseq…

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Logseq looks nice - but to be honest, I couldn’t figure out yet what logseq can do that you actually can’t do with obsidian!?

Could you explain your workflow with obsidian and logseq? How do you combine these two? What are your additional benefits?

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@alltagsverstand - Obsidian does not offer the friction-free experience of a daily-notes centric outliner. Yes, Obsidian has daily notes, and yes you can do outlines with bullets, but the experience from a UX perspective just isn’t near as fluid as something like Logseq or Roam.

Obsidian forces me to be slow, thoughtful and methodical with what I create there, which is great for deep thinking and creating atomic/evergreen notes.

But when it comes to thought capture throughout the day, there’s just too much friction.

Logseq doesn’t demand the same level of attention to structure, and gets out of the way so I can just write… More comes out, and the outline/bullet nature of it allows me to think and write in a more micro way.

So I prefer Logseq for capturing and brainstorming - it’s like a workspace.

And I prefer Obsidian for deep thinking and knowledge crystallization.

I let Logseq be messy and noisy, without worrying about structure.

And I am meticulous with Obsidian because it is a thought crystal that I want to last and be useful for the rest of my life. I don’t want any noise or messy notes in Obsidian. The more signal, the better.

I’m not attached to my Logseq database, because all the valuable stuff gets permanently stored in Obsidian. I just prefer Logseq for daily flow and thought capture.

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that’s an impressive workflow. Thanks for sharing it! After getting a better idea of your process.

I’d like to know what’s your process for moving a valuable note from logseq to Obsidian? Do you use logseq as a repo in github, or do you have it linked to a local folder?
Thanks!

Thanks @santi :slight_smile:

I’m still dialing in my workflow but here’s what I’m currently doing…

I use Logseq with a local folder, using their desktop app that is currently in alpha. They have it posted in their discord. Download link here: https://github.com/logseq/logseq/releases/tag/0.0.5.3

It was just released this week, but I’m super impressed so far. Clean and simple.

So, I use Logseqs task functionality as a way to tag ideas I want to bring into obsidian. I use Notion as my task/project manager, so I don’t need logseq for that.

I leave logseq open throughout the day, and am building a habit of constantly writing down fleeting thoughts and notes throughout the day. Anything worthy of permanence gets turned into a todo.

Then I have focused Obsidian sessions where I go into atomic note writing mode and bring over those todo items/ideas, turning them into polished atomic notes.

I’ve experimented with opening up the logseq vault inside obsidian, which works, but the formatting isn’t useful as all bullets in logseq are bested md heading hierarchies. They are working on creating an md bullet option, which would change the game there.

My intention with obsidian is to create a closed system - a polished knowledge crystal that is free of noise and meandering thoughts - nothing but my best thinking, to inspire and facilitate even better thinking… for this reason, I’m not really concerned with a full integration, and I like the contrast of having an app for mind-mess and thought process tracking (logseq) and an app for mind-polish and knowledge crystallization (obsidian).

Alongside those two is Notion, which I’m using as a task/project manager, info database (clipper, articles, books, CRM, habit tracker, etc) and content creation workspace. Basically a life operating system inspired by August Bradley’s PPV system. I do all my writing in Notion as I enjoy the editing experience.

Logseq: Quick capture/Daily notes

Obsidian: Permanent notes/zettelkasten

Notion: Operating System / Content Creation

So yeah, that’s my system and process in a nutshell… it’s still coming together- been a lot of late nights lately getting everything set up :sweat_smile:

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Hey @andyfreeland thank you so much for the awesome breakdown. I’m super excited to see my logseq worflow grow. Since yesterday that I found it thanks to you, I’ve been obssesed with it!

I’m a huge fan of August Bradley’s worflow, I use a variation of his task managment system in my Notion set-up.

If you find it useful I have tons of notes on some of August’s videos that I use to quickly revisit his whole playlist.

Thanks again for the amazing info! it means a lot

Have a great day!

Logseq desktop app? Now that’s exciting! Quick question, do you use block embeds or to-do’s in logseq? If so, how do they display in Obsidian?

Yeah it’s a much smoother experience. No loading or permission modal :slight_smile:

I don’t really use embeds, as I currently just use logseq for the daily notes feature. I use todos to mark ideas that I want to import to obsidian to turn into a polished atomic note…

Currently, logseq files don’t really integrate well with obsidian because all bullets are written as md headings Instead of md bullets… they are going to change that though I believe

Thanks Santi :slight_smile:

I actually read through all your notes a few weeks ago :wink:

I too am a big fan of August - his philosophy and approach is amazing. Can’t wait to see what he creates this year.

And yeah i feel you regarding the Logseq obsession… I love that I get the workflow of Roam with the transparency and control of Obsidian The UI is so clean, and for being still in alpha, it’s super impressive. Really friendly and responsive team too.

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100% agree, super thankful to you for introducing me to this amazing tool.

no way that’s awesome! thanks for checking them out, the guy is a genius!


Excited to see where Logseq goes, but I’m super excited for it!

Have a great day!

@andyfreeland Just tried Logseq for longer the a few minutes a few days ago. I obviously have a lot more data in Obsidian, but I like you love the outliner style for quickness and ease of use to get your thoughts down. Not having the desire to share my thoughts online at the moment or in the near future, I would love for a tool that does both - I guess in this case Logseq? But have been a long time user of Obisidian, not to mention I am Canadian so that I love that I am supporting my Canadian peeps :joy:

Thoughts?

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@andyfreeland, thanks for the information. I am exactly looking at logseq for the same reason. The freeflow of dailynotes makes it so much easier to just start putting all the information that you need. I also like the Idea of orgfiles too. Having the org schedule/deadlines methods are so great. If I find that I need to write some stuff. I do make a wiki link as well that way I know what needs to go in Obsidian.

Logseq looks really promising. I am using the 0.0.8 desktop app and it already looks pretty stable. I am not sure if they are going to be implementing the left side panel as well like roam.

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Hey guys,

I’ve been playing a lot with Logseq lately.

So far these are the roles I have for Obsidian vs Logseq

Obsidian

Logseq

  • Task mananagment
  • project managment
  • ideas caputuring
  • mobile capturing with an extra tool called Lupin

I made a video on Logseq (I mentioned Obsidian in it) but I’m yet to make more videos on Logseq + Obsidian

If there are enough people interested I do plan to explore Logseq a lot more in future videos!

Hope that helps!

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I have been messing with Logseq for just over a week. Similar to your self I find the separation of creation and planning work best for me when separated. Both elements involve a different type of thinking. It is a nice product indeed.

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