beautiful Obsidian dark theme inspired by Discord
Discordian is a dark theme designed to give all Obsidian power users visuals they recognize and appreciate when gathering on Discord servers to discuss all things Obsidian. Seamless Discord experience right back in Obsidian is the keyword here. We, Obsidianites, PKM & Zettelkasten lovers, spend there so much time it's almost logical to have the same visual experience extended to our beloved app (see screenshots)
Theme, apart from deriving its visuals from Discord app, strives to serve as solid dark theme. An honest default . This means it offers an unobtrusive, minimal and easy-on-the-eyes experience with a hint of subtle changes in Discord's color palette.
Discordian, of course, fully supports popular Obsidian's community plugins but also has its own Discordian Plugin going on which is very much recommended. If you like to have more fine-grained control over some aspects of the theme go ahead and download it. You will be so much happier with the additions of Writer Mode, Paragraph Focus, Flat Andy's Mode, controllable line length, fonts and other things.
IMPORTANT: For best experience possible, please download the fonts and install them in your system before using the theme. Provided fonts closely resemble those in Discord app and are sort of required here.
Discordian theme is provided as is, meaning it is a product of my own personal experience, and shows the theme as I use it in Obsidian app on daily basis within macOS environment. Please bear in mind that even though I did my best to polish it enough to be used with the latest version of Obsidian some quirks and visual discrepancies may (or not ) occur as I had no means of testing it on other platforms.
As this theme modifies many parts of Obsidian UI it's given that it might break some things with future app updates or with your own css snippets. However, I do plan to earnestly support it so as Obsidian app will progress so it will Discordian theme. I am also open to any contributions : be it a simple suggestion, bug report or your fix via PR.
Features and goals
- Easy on the eyes, lean design with focus on clean visuals (see screenshots)
- Promotes writing experience first (Writer Mode, Paragraph Focus Mode).
- Keyboard as Obsidianite's best friend (as power users we love us some keyboard shortcuts)
- Settings panel as seen in Discord (along with fancy toggle switches)
- Pretty Task lists - also in Editor mode !
- Beautiful graph view
- Seamless transclusions
- Snappy performance (stripped out many animations)
- Images enhancements : image grids, zooms, floating images with captions !!
- Bullet points relationship lines extravaganza as default
- Graceful dark theme audio in place of ugly default
- New and improved codeblocks with delightful aesthetics
Some additional remarks
To provide simple and clean UI that mimics Discord app Discordian theme hides top title bar and status bar as default . You can however enable them and bring them back via accompanying Discordian plugin (this is preferred way) or, if you decide to go solo, by commenting appropriate parts of CSS.
I could provide more user-controllable elements for hiding if requested but to not reinvent the wheel i sincerely recommend excellent Hider Plugin by @kepano - I use it myself for simplifying UI even more. Discordian of course, as mentioned before, is fully compatible with it.
The way the fancy task lists works in editor mode is via quite hackish means. Therefore, it's mandatory to have
Smart indent list option enabled in Obsidian. From my own experience I would also recommend having
Toggle checklist status under some hotkey. This would definitely make working with tasks / checklist list a blaze. I know I love it that way!
NOTICE: as of version 0.11.3 Obsidian changed the way images are grouped which made the flexbox approach provided by Discordian's image grids no longer possible.
Not wanting to deprecate this feature which everyone seems to really like i decided to use @Lithou idea and hackishly make it work again with the theme - some restrictions apply. Unfortunately with new version of Obsidian there is no way to make the grid images on the same line of same height (like before). Although current solution may look similar or even the same depending on images, it will now look and behave more like masonry-ish grid.
Using Obsidian's new
cssclass directive in YAML you can achieve image grids like below with
--- cssclass: img-grid ---
RESTRICTIONS: This works with images if
- no pipe is used when calling an image i.e.
![[example.jpg]]- recommended default and simplest way
- or if your alt text in pipe contains a period
![[example.jpg|Figure 1. Some caption]](it will not display the caption though if using
EXPLANATION: when no pipe is used (meaning no custom alt attribute is added by the user, Obsidian will made the alt attribute equal to the
filename.ext. Image grids feature targets exactly those image embeds with an alt attribute that has a period in it - ANY SUCH IMAGE. This is the only possible solution for now after Obsidian 0.11.3 changes.
Floating images - with captions !! (work as before)
Have your images the way you want: full in center (default) or floating left or right with your text wrapped around them. No messing around with HTML markups, no polluting your markdown. Fully using current Obsidian image embeds syntax along with image resizing.
Using Obsidian's new cssclass directive in YAML you can have properly looking captions
--- cssclass: img-captions ---
and then in your note you can do
right(omitting assumes default which is center)
- caption: simply your caption (note: no markdown within caption and no period)
width x heightas explained in Obsidian Help
right and resizing is working EVEN WITHOUT YAML directive.
cssclass is only for still allowing simple embeds without polluted captions (Obsidian fills image
alt with filename by default)
Image grids AND image captions IN ONE NOTE (Discordian v0.8.6+)
Before version 0.8.6 (and prior to Obsidian 0.11.3 changes) i advised everyone to use
img-captions separately as CSS in those features is applied globally to all images in the note.
From version 0.8.6 of Discordian theme - with some restrictions - you can have both image grids and image captions in one note - BUT please consider this feature more or less experimental.
--- cssclass: img-grid, img-captions ---
RESTRICTIONS (only for both features together):
- Images with image captions in the same note cannot have period in it (see how Image grids work now)
- Images within image grids with no piped caption text from user will display
filename.extper Obsidian's default behaviour).
- If you want your images within image grids with your custom captions then use your piped caption WITH period
.in it. You can simply make it the end of your sentence or sth like this
![[example.jpg|Figure 1. Example caption]]
NOTE: I still advise using these image features in your notes separately. It will make your life easier and save your from headache of remembering the inner workings.
Discordian in Andy Mode (fullscreen)
Discordian in Writer Mode
Discordian in Fullscreen
Found some quirks? Want to propose some new functionality? You can easily follow these simple steps:
- File an issue discussing proposed changes or found bug
- If you want to contribute solution on your own please
- clone this repo
npm ito install dependencies
config.json.exampleand set it accordingly
npm run devto start compilation and development in watch mode
- do your magic (all relevant css files are in
- Commit your work
- please run
npm run lintbefore to spot any CSS issues
- use commit message that best describes changes you've just made. If possible, link it to relevant issue
- DO NOT build or commit
obsidian.cssdirectly ! It will be autogenerated and handled by CI server.
- please run
Now sip your coffee and wait for my swift response or PR merge. Thanks !
Many ideas and css solutions are inspired by or come from an amazing Obsidianites both on Obsidian's Forum and Discord channel: @kepano @death_au @nickmilo @tallguyjenks to name a few. Thanks to all of you for shared knowledge and being part of Obsidian community.