Minimal Theme

If anyone is interested in using the iA Writer fonts with this theme, add the following in obsidian.css:

--text:"ia Writer Quatro S",sans-serif;
--text-editor:"iA Writer Duo S",sans-serif;
--font-monospace:"iA Writer Mono S",monospace;

I’m not sure how theme updating works – presumably I’ll need to re-apply these changes every time?

Also, is it possible to see word count using this theme?


Obsidian devs have an item on the short term roadmap to enable multiple CSS files which would allow you to maintain separate sets of rules including fonts, status bar, etc.

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@kepano Thanks for the heads up (and the great theme!)

I just noticed that the filename doesn’t line up with the text:

Is this intentional?

I am assuming you have folding turned on ? I haven’t been able to figure out how to line things up when folding is on (yet).

Ah, yes, I do have folding on. I guess that pushes the text to the right. This probably needs a #feature-requests for the devs to wrap the container with a class when folding is on.

Minimal 2 is here. This is a really big release! Check out a quick video overview of the new features:

Major changes

  • Minimal Theme no longer hides core Obsidian UI features. My new Hider plugin takes on these responsibilities with the ability to toggle features including app ribbon, status, titlebar, tooltips and scrollbars.
  • Minimal now has a companion plugin called Minimal Theme Settings that you should install to get the full experience.

Installing Minimal 2

To get the best experience I recommend installing all three of the latest versions:

  • Minimal Theme, available in community themes
  • Minimal Theme Settings, available in third-party plugins
  • Hider plugin, available in third-party plugins

Options available with the plugin

Read more on the plugin page.

  • Five variations on the theme with differing levels of contrast can be toggled in the plugin settings
  • Customize accent color
  • Choose your editor font, from system fonts or iA Writer fonts

More small changes to the core theme

  • Improved modals and Obsidian settings panel
  • Consistency improvements between Edit and Preview mode
  • Improvements to highlighting for internal search and block references

Hi @kepano, tried Minimal Theme (on Windows 10) and like it.
But I can’t find the file browser, and the right sidebar with local graph etc. is also gone.
Do you habe any idea? Switch back to my old theme until there is a solution. Thanks.

Quick question? Can I save the Plug-in Theme as a WorkSpace in order to be able to switch between it (Minimal Theme 2) and the standard Obsidian Theme/Workspace?

Another thing that’s missing is “Obsidian 0.9.11” in the title bar. Could ir be that Minimal 2 needs a higher version?

@a_wue not sure about the issue of the file browser. I haven’t seen that issue. Could be something conflicting with other plugins or CSS files. Regarding the titlebar text, it’s intentionally hidden but you can change that in the CSS. See the .titlebar-text property.

@Daveb08 Not that I know of. You’d have to create a new feature request for that.


This new version is awesome, I much prefer the “Hider” plugin’s features over the previous design! :clap::clap::clap:

I’ve been tinkering with a sublter design for the front matter, which you may wish to consider:

.cm-s-obsidian .cm-hmd-frontmatter {
	color:var(--text-faint); // or mute
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Thanks, if you grab the latest version of minimal theme and settings plugin I have made some improvements to the front matter and added a setting to control the monospace font.

I’m using the latest version. My suggestion dims the the front matter and makes it smaller, which I liked because it wasn’t competing visually with the main body of the note. But obviously that’s just my preference :slight_smile:

Sorry, I meant to say that I pushed a new version that incorporates your suggestion.

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Minimal Theme 2.1.0 is now available (Theme + Plugin)

  • New “True Black” dark mode option
  • Hotkeys for all theme variants
  • Setting for monospace font

New version of the theme looks great! Though I am having two (related?) problems:

  1. Even with the plugins installed (and no other css) I dont have a right sidebar or any way to open it
  2. I cannot click on the details icon in the top right of the note (where a right sidebar ribbon would be)

I am on Mac OS with the newest version installed from the community plugins page.

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Re: 1. Make sure the plugins are installed and enabled, that you have the latest edition of the theme (gotta hit “use” manually, in the theme gallery), and check the settings of the Hider plugin.

Not sure about your specific problem but those things may be generically helpful.

The left and right sidebars are toggled via hotkeys in Minimal Theme. You can add those hotkeys by going to the settings.

There is an open feature request you can upvote to add view options to the macOS menu bar.

Thanks @ryanjamurphy, not the issue in my case, but helpful in general.
OK. @kepano I thought with minimal 2 none of the main UI elements were hidden by default? But for me it seems the right side ribbon is hidden, is that correct?

If I switch to another theme and open the right sidebar then everything works. But if the sidebar is closed the top right icon becomes unclickable except about a 1px wide sliver.