Period in folder name makes folder unreadable in Windows

Steps to reproduce

  • Within Obsidian create a new folder
  • Name the folder anything you want, just put a period at the end. A period in the middle doesn’t produce this bug.
  • Within Windows Explorer, try opening up the folder

Expected result

You should be able to look into the folder

Actual result

You get an error message that says the following

[folder name] is unavailable. Of the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you’re connected to the network or Internet, and then try again. If the location still can’t be found, it might have been moved or deleted.


  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v0.14.2
    Installer version: v0.13.31
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19044
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Safe mode: on

It appears that Windows does allow folders with periods in the end if you make the folder yourself. I don’t need it, but It took me a while to figure out what was wrong.

You could:

  • fix the bug
  • give a warning
  • forbid users from naming their folders with periods art the end

Additional information