Obsidian launch very slow on Linux

Steps to reproduce

  1. Install Obsidian (or download AppImage)
  2. Create or Open any vault

Expected Result: Obsidian should open quickly (2-3 sec)
Actual Result: Obsidian takes 20-21 seconds to open and display anything

Reproduced with existing vault, new vault and sandbox vault.

Did you follow the troubleshooting guide? [Y/N]

Troubleshooting guide followed.
Reproduced in a new vault (default theme, no community plugins)
Reproduced in an existing vault (default theme, restricted mode)
Reproduced in sandbox vault.

Expected result

Obsidian should open quickly

Actual result

Obsidian opened after ~20 seconds


Obsidian version: v1.5.12
Installer version: v1.5.12
Operating system: #29-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Thu Mar 28 23:46:48 UTC 2024 6.5.0-28-generic
Login status: not logged in
Insider build toggle: off
Live preview: on
Base theme: adapt to system
Community theme: none
Snippets enabled: 0
Restricted mode: on


Additional information

After facing a similar issue in VSCode there was a workaround available to disable gpu acceleration (--disable-gpu). It required a second flag to be effective (--disable-software-rasterizer) but passing in these two arguments has worked both on VS Code and Obsidian. It does feel like a bit of a hack / workaround though.

It doesn’t happen to me. Is possible that this is something specific to your hardware? What computer do you have? Are you running under X11, Xwayland, or Wayland?

Detailed System Info

  • Operating System: Kubuntu 23.10
  • KDE Plasma Version: 5.27.8
  • KDE Frameworks Version: 5.110.0
  • Qt Version: 5.15.10
  • Kernel Version: 6.5.0-28-generic (64-bit)
  • Graphics Platform: X11
  • Processors: 12 × Intel® Core™ i7-10750H CPU @ 2.60GHz
  • Memory: 15.4 GiB of RAM
  • Graphics Processor: Mesa Intel® UHD Graphics
  • Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
  • Product Name: XPS 15 9500

are you using the intel i915 kernel driver?

I had to look up what that was :slight_smile:

It looks like it based on what I see in lsmod; several mentions of i915.