I’d like to discuss the potential implementation of nested vaults as an obsidian feature.
I’m aware of the warnings against using nested vaults. In this post I present my personal reasons and use case of nested vaults.
I might be missing certain reasons from the developer’s side to avoid implementing this feature, so I’m happy to learn why it might not be a good idea too.
Have you searched for an existing request?
This is the most important post I keep in mind when nesting vaults.
I also consider obsidian publish to be able to benefit form the use of nested vaults for a cleaner files side-bar
this is better defined by another feature request, this could solve the need for nested vaults in obsidian publish.
Use case or problem
My current use of obsidian is one vault for everything. I keep as few sub-folders as I possibly can.
The only important sub-folder I maintain is one for my “Zettelkasten” in it I keep my most concise and important notes.
I don’t want the clutter of my root vault to interfere with the clear visualization of this Zettelkasten sub-folder.
This is why I nest this Zettelkasten sub-folder into it’s own nested vault.
Benefits of nested vaults
- clean navigation of files without the clutter of other notes
- links suggestions activated by
[[only show files in this relevant nested vault (instead of all the other notes in from the root vault
- Clean Graph View (limited to only this Zettelkasten sub-folder)
By following the instructions set in this post
I’ve been able to maintain my nested vault without any problems, so far.
Perhaps, my worry is the possibility of future updates to mess up nested vaults.
My request would be to make Nested Vaults a part of Obsidian.
I’ve started creating content online teaching obsidian, and regardless of the benefits I see with this approach. I’ve stopped my self from teaching nested vaults due to it’s current risk to break things.
The benefits are clear to me, specially when it comes to a clearer view of a sub-folder. I’d like to know if other people’s use cases benefit from nested vault.
Of course I understand that if it’s only a few of us using nested vaults, then it doesn’t make much sense to implement this, since there are workarounds and way to keep using it, by being careful.
I’d like to know other’s experience with this concept, as well as seeing if it’s possible to make this a feature for future obsidian updates.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!