The Ultimate Guide to Using Code Blocks in Obsidian

Code blocks in Obsidian are an excellent way to keep your code visually appealing and easy to understand. I personally find that they play a crucial role in organizing my notes, making them more readable.

How to Create a Code Block

There are a few different ways to create a code block in Obsidian, and for me, the most common way is using backticks and language identifiers. Personally, I prefer to type the following when I want to create a code block in Python:

def hello_world():
  return "Hello, world!"

This would create a code block that is formatted in the Python language. You can also use other languages, such as JavaScript, C++, and HTML.

Adding Descriptive Labels to Code Blocks

It's a good idea to add descriptive labels to your code blocks. This will help you to find and organize your code later. To add a descriptive label to a code block, simply type it after the language identifier. For example, you could add the following label to the code block above:

def hello_world():
  return "Hello, world!"
# This is a code block for the hello_world function in Python

Using Blockquotes to Create Code-Like Formatting

If you want to create code-like formatting without using a code block, you can use blockquotes. To create a blockquote, simply indent the text you want to format with four spaces. For example, the following text would be formatted as a blockquote:

def hello_world():
  return "Hello, world!"

Tips for Using Code Blocks

Here are some insights for flipping your code blocks:

  • To make your notes clearer and more comprehensible, I personally prefer to format code in your notes with them.
  • By categorizing code blocks together according to their programming language, it's easier for you to locate the code you want, when you want it.
  • To help you find and arrange your code, I recommend adding specific labels to your code blocks.
  • If you only need to format a limited amount of code, using blockquotes can create a similar formatting without actually using a code block. That's my experience.

Examples of Using Code Blocks in Obsidian

Embedding code snippets from external sources

In my experience, there are a few options to incorporate code snippets from external sources into Obsidian. Let me give you some examples:

  • Embed Code Plugin. I prefer the "Embed Code" plugin because it enables you to include code snippets from websites such as Stack Overflow or GitHub. To utilize the plugin, install it from the Obsidian Plugin Store and then hit the "Embed Code" button in the toolbar.
  • Code Snippets Plugin. I think the "Code Snippets" plugin is useful for creating a collection of code snippets that you can recycle in your notes. To use it, install it from the Obsidian Plugin Store and then craft a new note and add the code snippets you want to use.
  • Code Block Template. For me, the "Code Block" template makes it easier to create a code block in a new note. To apply the template, create a new note and then choose the "Code Block" template from the "Template" menu.

Creating a Reference Library of Code Snippets

Organizing and managing your reference library of code snippets can be a great way to improve your coding productivity. Here are a few of my tips to help you get started:

  • Tag your snippets. Tagging your code snippets by language, topic, or anything else that makes sense to you can help you quickly find the snippet you're looking for.
  • Organize with folders. Another way to keep your code snippets organized is by using folders. Group your snippets by language, topic, or anything else that works for you.
  • Utilize the search bar. In my experience, the search bar in Obsidian is an excellent tool for finding the code snippets you need. Simply type in the keywords you're searching for and Obsidian will show you all the matching code snippets.

Using Code Blocks in Project Management and Note-Taking

For me, code blocks can serve several purposes in both project management and note-taking. I'll share a few of my personal experiences:

  • Tracking project progress. Personally, I use code blocks to monitor the progress of my projects. I simply create a new note for each project, then add code blocks to the note to keep track of each task's progress.
  • Taking meeting notes. I prefer using code blocks to record the decisions made in my meetings. I create a new note for each meeting and add code blocks to document the proceedings.
  • Documenting coding issues and solutions. When I encounter coding problems, I use code blocks to document them along with the solutions. I create a new note for each coding issue, then add code blocks to describe the problem and how I fixed it.

Troubleshooting Code Block Issues in Obsidian

Here are a few solutions to common problems, as I see it:

  • The code block isn't appearing. This might occur if the formatting is off. Double check that the code block is surrounded by backticks (```).
  • The formatting is off. This could happen if the code block isn't indented properly. Ensure the code block is indented four spaces.
  • The code block isn't functioning. This could occur if the code block isn't run correctly. Ensure that it's run with the appropriate language.

Tips for testing and validating code blocks in different contexts

I personally find these few tips helpful for validating my code blocks:

  • For me, the "Preview" button is a lifesaver. I always preview my code blocks before executing them to ensure that the formatting is correct and it works as intended.
  • Executing the code block through the "Run" button is a crucial step in the process. I use it to make sure my code block functions as expected.
  • And using the "Test" button is the cherry on top. I test my code blocks in specific contexts to guarantee that they work in the environment I need them to.

These tips have been effective for me in ensuring the quality of my code blocks.


In conclusion, incorporating code blocks into your Obsidian notes can greatly enhance the readability and organization of your code. They provide a visual cue that separates your code from the rest of your notes and make it easier to understand at a glance. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this guide, you can take your note-taking game to the next level.

So, give it a try and let us know in the comments how code blocks have helped you in your note-taking process. Also, don't forget to share this guide with anyone who might find it helpful!