Unable to create links, backlinks entries, or unlinked mentions entries using the new "aliases" frontmatter label

Steps to reproduce

  1. Using Insider Build 0.9.17
  2. Add frontmatter aliases to note entitled Aplha:
aliases: ["AI", "Artificial Intelligence"]
tags: [#test, #todo]
  1. On separate note Beta, type [[ and attempt to create a link to Alpha using the words AI or Artificial Intelligence (and lowercase alternatives, and quoted strings).
  2. Also type “AI” and “Artificial Intelligence” somewhere in note Beta, and check the unlinked mentions list for Alpha.
  3. Restart Obsidian and repeat steps 3 and 4 to confirm bug.

Expected result

On step 3, expected AI and Artificial Intelligence to either appear as link options, or for a completed link to point to Alpha.

On step 4, expected Beta to appear on the list of unlinked mentions.

Actual result

All attempts to create a link to Alpha using an alias resulted in a link pointing to a new page that did not yet exist. Nothing appeared in the backlinks or unlinked mentions for Alpha.


  • Operating system: Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1809, Build 17763.1577
  • Obsidian version: Insider Build 0.9.17

Additional information

Still open to the possibility that I’m doing it wrong. Only found the release notes to go by.

you didn’t copy exactly from the release notes.

aliases: ["AI", "Artificial Intelligence"]
tags: ["#test", "#todo"]

Yep, changes to my tags resolved the problem.

tags: [foo, bar] or tags: ["#foo", "#bar"]

tags: [#foo, #bar]

Thanks, @WhiteNoise.