[Mobile] IOS : App to work with hidden folder

Hello everyone!

As a discussion about hidden folder on IOS appear regularly on the discord, I think it will be good to create a forum discussion about it.

I have two solutions in mind to work with hidden folder to access to my .obsidian.

  1. Using Textastic, that is a wonderful app created by the same guy of Working Copy. Not free, but work totally with many apps, as it’s an edit text file. Here, you can bookmark a folder and access all file in it, so you can edit a note but also your .obsidian file. I use it a lot to edit my css snippet on my ipad, for example.
  2. Using a-shell : A completely free app, that get you access to a real terminal on your ipad/iphone. Bonus : it’s totally open source, and you can do a very lot of things with it : run python script, install pip script…

For a-shell, the methods is little tricky to add your folder, so I made a video : A-shell obsidian

Thanks to Murf, here is a writted guide :

Ok so you can also do the same thing with a-shell app. After using pickFolder the Files app selector pops up (see screenshot). Then use jump to cd to the bookmark you created from the Files pop up. It will be the name of the folder (your vault) so you use “jump iPhone” in my example because my vault is named iPhone. Then the rest you can follow my replies message above to access the hidden .obsidian and plugin folders.

Also, you need to know that edit on a-shell is trough vim… So, you need to know vim.

I work on some shortcuts to edit your obsidian file with a-shell, so stay stunned :smiley:

If you know other apps/methods, please add it here!


Ok here is another method to access hidden .obsidian and plugin folders / directories in your vault on iPhone and iPad using iSH Shell app. It is very lightweight at only 6mb in size compared to the other options I mentioned in Discord (LibTerm and a-shell)!! Thanks again @Mara-Li for the ideas and help!

Here is what I got to work:

  1. install iSH Shell iOS app (see screenshot)

  2. mount your obsidian vault folder by running: mount -t ios . /mnt (this will open up Files app to select your folder)

  3. select local On My Phone > Obsidian > “Your Vault Name” … in my example my vault name is iPhone (see screenshot)

  4. Change to the directory with cd /mnt which will take you to the root folder of your vault (that you just selected in step 3)

  5. use ls -a to see hidden directories which will show you the .obsidian folder (see screenshot)

  6. now cd to the .obsidian folder and you will see your plugins folder which you can cd to as well! (See screenshot)


Also, a-shell mini exist and follow the same configuration as I said in my first post, but the app have 300 mo in place of 1Go.

Hello !
I discover, some days ago, that Working Copy can see hidden folder, and you can edit it directly in the app.

To get access to it you need to have a “pro” account (don’t forget that working copy is free for student) and link to a folder.

(You need to choose the entire directory. Here is mine, flow)

Tada ! You can see all hidden file and edit it in the app.

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I found a shortcut that uses a-Shell or a-Shell mini to copy files into the snippets or themes folders: RoutineHub • Obsidian : Add CSS

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