Translucency issues on MacOS

Here is how Obsidian looks normal (dark mode, translucent window plugin enabled):

Here is how it looks after pressing Cmd+R:

(restarting Obsidian makes it looks normal again).


  • Operating system: Mac OS Big Sur
  • Obsidian version: 0.9.6, No Css

Additional information

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Here is a video.

Looks like translucent window plugin gets disabled after pressing Cmd+R.

On Windows 10 I have noticed by accidentally pressing ctrl+R that it appears to be a way to reload the vault. I was never sure that this is what it actually does so tried to avoid pressing it or setting it as any of my custom hotkeys. Glad to see this wasn’t specific to me because it was a bit disconcerting.


Reproducible in 0.9.7 as well.

I observed the similar problem in 0.9.6 as well.

@I-d-as I used to use the cmd+r( in mac version) to refresh the backlink list, the older version before 0.9.5 has a bug on showing the correct backlink items.

Ctrl-r you refreshes the whole app. You should not use it (or need to use it) in normal circumstances.

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But why the background color of the ‘refreshed’ app does not match the original one?

Does this happen when you have translucency diasabled?

No, only when translucent plugin is enabled.

This phenomenon also shows up when you press the alt+cmd+I(which invokes the developer tools), with translucency enabled, of course.

Are you all on mac?

I’m using a Mac.

Added the macOS tag – can’t seem to repro on Windows 10.

Hey, looks like there is something definitely broken: the background color is changing when you bring Obsidian (0.9.11) to a full screen mode. Here is a video.

(macOS Big Sur)

Still reproducible in 0.9.14.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Set Transparency Plugin
  2. Cmd + R reload

Expected result

Expected that the app would reload with no significant changes to themes (and this happens with no custom css)
Here is what it is suppose to look like:

Actual result

Obsidian becomes whiter and fainter that goes away once I manually close and open the app. This happens on both dark and light mode.

Here is a picture of dark mode after the bug occurs:


  • Operating system: macOS Mojave Version 10.14.6
  • Obsidian version: 0.9.15

Additional information

The app should not be reloaded under normal cirumstances. Why do you do cmd-r?

I didn’t have any particular reason to do cmd-r. At the time I was just trying to reload the graph (nothing was wrong with the graph) and then that happened.

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Yup! That looks like it.