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Minimal is an Obsidian theme for desktop, mobile and tablet. Customize colors, fonts and more with the companion plugins Minimal Theme Settings and Hider. Winner of Obsidian's official Best Theme award

Support development: @kepano on Twitter or Buy me a coffee

About Minimal


Background styles include low contrast, high contrast, and a true black option ideal for OLED devices

Helper classes for tables and card layouts allow you to create powerful workflows

Combining focus mode with image grid and image width options allows you to immerse yourself in visual projects

Minimal includes support for dozens of popular plugins like Calendar, Kanban, Dataview, Outliner, Excalidraw, and more


To install the theme

  • Open Obsidian Settings
  • Go to Appearance and click Manage
  • Under community themes search for "Minimal" and click Use

To install the companion plugin

  • Go to Community plugins and turn off Safe mode
  • Under community plugins search for "Minimal Theme Settings" and click Install, then Enable

Have a question? Join the Minimal channel on the official Obsidian Discord.

Companion plugins

  • Minimal Theme Settings plugin allows you to customize color schemes, fonts, hotkeys, and access the main feature toggles. This plugin is highly recommended for all users of Minimal.
  • Hider plugin is recommended to hide Obsidian UI elements such as window frame, scrollbars, tooltips, etc. When using Hider to turn off the main toolbar (AKA app ribbon), it can be accessed by hovering over the bottom left edge of the window.
  • Style Settings plugin allows you to create a custom color scheme. This plugin is optional.


The following settings can be accessed using Minimal Theme Settings plugin. Many of these settings below can be toggled with hotkeys.

Interface colors and fonts

You can also use the Style Settings plugin for even deeper customization


  • Text labels for primary navigation — adds text labels the top left navigation, note that a translation snippet is necessary for languages other than English more on localization
  • Focus mode — hides title bar and status bar
  • Colorful frame — use accent color for the top area of the app window
  • Colorful headings — use different colors for each heading
  • Hide workspace borders — removes dividing lines for a more minimal appearance
  • Trim filenames — file names are trimmed to a single line

Layout options

Controls images, tables and iframes. These settings can also be enabled on a per-file basis using helper classes.

  • Image grids — turns consecutive images into columns. To make a new row, add an extra line break between images.
  • Block widths — controls the width of elements by type.

Color schemes

Preset color schemes

Minimal offers color schemes that can be separately selected for light and dark mode using the Minimal Theme Settings plugin. Color schemes include Dracula, Everforest, Gruvbox, macOS, Nord, Notion, Solarized, and Things.

Minimal Theme Settings

Custom color schemes

You can use the Style Settings plugin to customize your color scheme. To see your changes more easily, open Style Settings in a new pane by using the command palette (CMD + P by default). Using Style Settings you can customize Minimal's colors, font sizes, font styles, and many more details.

Style Settings

Plugin support

Most plugins work well with Minimal, but the following plugins have received special love and attention:

Helper filters and classes

Image filters

Image filters can be added to create the following effects. Use them by adding the filter name at the end of the image link, e.g. ![[image.jpeg#invert]]

Filter Description
#invert Invert images in dark mode — ideal for charts and handwriting on light backgrounds
#invertW Invert images in light mode — ideal for charts and handwriting on dark backgrounds
#circle Crop image to a circle
#outline Add outline around image

CSS helper classes

CSS helper classes can be added on a per-file basis using the cssClasses YAML front matter key. These classes are composable, so you can include more than one to combine effects.

For example, use the following code at the top of your file to enable cards layout:

cssClasses: cards

Image grids

Turns consecutive images into columns. To make a new row, add an extra line break between images. Learn more.

Class Description
img-grid Activate image grids

Line width control for tables, images and iframes

Controls the width of elements by type. Learn more.

Class Description
table-100, img-100, iframe-100 Fill 100% of the pane width
table-max, img-max, iframe-max Fill the max line width (default 88%)
table-wide, img-wide, iframe-wide Fill the wide line width


Using cards transforms Dataview tables into cards that can be sorted using the Sortable plugin. Compatible with table width classes. Note that cards must be present for the other classes to work. Learn more.

Class Description
cards (required) Set all Dataview tables to card layout
cards-align-bottom Align the last element of a card to the bottom
cards-cover Images are resized to fill the defined space
cards-16-9 Fit images in cards to 16:9 ratio
cards-1-1 Fit images in cards to 1:1 ratio (square)
cards-2-1 Fit images in cards to 2:1 ratio
cards-2-3 Fit images in cards to 2:3 ratio
cards-cols-1 to 8 Force a specific number of columns (from 1 to 8)

Tables and Dataview

Controls the row and column styling for tables. Learn more.

Class Description
table-nowrap Disable line wrapping in table cells
table-wrap Force line wrapping in table cells
table-numbers Add row numbers to tables
table-tabular Use tabular figures in tables
table-small Use small font size in tables
table-tiny Use tiny font size in tables
table-lines Add borders around all table cells
row-lines Add borders between table rows
col-lines Add borders between table columns
row-alt Add striped background to alternating table rows
col-alt Add striped background to alternating table columns

Embeds and transclusions

Class Description
embed-strict Transclusions appear seamlessly in the flow of text

Alternate checkboxes

Minimal supports a wide number of checkbox styles. These allow you to call out tasks that are incomplete, canceled, rescheduled, etc. See screenshots and details

Syntax Description
- [ ] to-do
- [/] incomplete
- [x] done
- [-] canceled
- [>] forwarded
- [<] scheduling
- [?] question
- [!] important
- [*] star
- ["] quote
- [l] location
- [b] bookmark
- [i] information
- [S] savings
- [I] idea
- [p] pros
- [c] cons
- [f] fire
- [k] key
- [w] win
- [u] up
- [d] down


Hotkeys are only available when using the Minimal Theme Settings plugin.

Background and borders

  • Switch between light and dark mode
  • Cycle between light mode styles
  • Cycle between dark mode styles
  • Toggle sidebar borders

Layout control

  • Toggle image grids
  • Cycle between image width options
  • Cycle between table width options
  • Cycle between iframe width options


  • Toggle focus mode
  • Toggle colorful headings
  • Increase and decrease body font size


If you would like add support for a plugin, or have found a bug you'd like to help fix, don't hesitate to open a pull request. Have a question? Join the Minimal channel on the official Obsidian Discord.

Plugin support

Plugin authors and developers can add support for Minimal theme by submitting a pull request. See the src/scss/plugins folder with examples of snippets for plugins that are currently supported.


Build instructions

Set up

sudo gem install sass
npm install -g grunt-cli
npm install

Define local path

To build directly into your Obsidian vault rename .env.example to .env and update OBSIDIAN_PATH to the local path of your Obsidian theme folder.

To run

npx grunt

This builds two files, the obsidian.css distribution file (for the community themes store) which is minified and also copied to your vault for live reload, and the Minimal.css file which is an unminified copy saved to the project root.


Minimal for Desktop and Mobile

Minimal for Obsidian apps is licensed under the MIT License which allows you to modify and redistribute the code, however you must preserve the copyright and license notice in your CSS file. This includes any code you may extract as standalone snippets.

If you would like to distribute a fork of Minimal or part of its code, please keep my Buy me a coffee link present in your Readme.

Minimal is frequently updated to stay current with the latest version of Obsidian. To make it easy to stay current with the latest improvements, I recommend using Github's fork feature so that you can merge the latest changes into your fork. If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach me in the Obsidian Discord group.

Minimal for Obsidian Publish

Minimal for Obsidian Publish is a separate version of Minimal which follows the same design principles but is optimized for web. It is also MIT licensed and available at or the obsidian-minimal-publish repo.


This theme is provided as is, and is designed for my personal use of Obsidian on macOS. As such it is not thoroughly tested across all operating systems and use cases.

This theme modifies significant parts of the Obsidian interface, so it may break with future updates. It may also be incompatible with other bits of custom CSS you have.