Unable to create new note

I installed Obsidian and imported notes I had exported from Simplenote into a new vault.
Afterwards I was unable to create a new note in this vault.

Searching the forum I found this old bug report which pointed me to the solution:

It turns out the issue was that the vault contained a file named untitled.md (lowercase).
Deleting that file resolved the issue.

The bug report linked above has been closed, however the bug itself still exists.
I don’t think it is at all reasonable that the existence of a untitled.md file should render the app useless (being able to create new notes seems pretty important).

Steps to reproduce

On macOS

  • Open a new or existing vault
  • Create a new note and change the title to “untitled” (lowercase)
  • Try to create another new note

Expected result

A new note is created and displayed on screen.

Actual result



  • Operating system:
    macOS 10.15.6
  • Obsidian version:

Additional information

The vault is on an APFS drive, which is not case-sensitive. This is the default on macOS.

3 posts were merged into an existing topic: Updated: New Note functionality breaks on renaming “Untitled n” note to “untitled n”