Stuck indexing a large file


I’m wondering if there’s a file size limit? When I drag and drop a markdown file that is 4.5 MAYBE into a vault folder, Obsidian seems to get stuck indexing. I gave up after letting it run for about 1.5 hours

Steps to reproduce

  • Drag and drop a large markdown file (4.5 MB) into a folder within an Obsidian vault
  • Receive a warning that indexing is taking longer than expected
  • Wait 1.5 hours. Seems to still be indexing.
  • Restart Obsidian and receive the same message that the file is taking longer than expected to index.
  • While it is stuck indexing, certain functionality does not work. For example when I try to create a new file and type a name, the file’s name remains “untitled”.

Expected result

  • Expect that it will finish indexing

Actual result

  • Does not finish indexing


  • Operating system: MacOS: Ventura 13.2 (22D49
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v1.1.15
    Installer version: v1.0.3
    Operating system: Darwin Kernel Version 22.3.0: Thu Jan 5 20:48:54 PST 2023; root:xnu-8792.81.2~2/RELEASE_ARM64_T6000 22.3.0
    Login status: not logged in
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: none
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Restricted mode: on


Additional information

There is no limit but some files can be problematic.

That’s helpful to know. Maybe there’s some weird combination of characters in a file that large. Thank you!

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