Migrating Your Notes from Evernote to Obsidian

Breaking Up With Evernote

I used to love Evernote. I started using it back in 2012 or so, and before long I got the paid version! It met a lot of needs I had at the time, such as being able to take notes using a lightweight interface, letting me search through all of my notes, and letting me attach files and images to them. And I could even do all of those from my iPhone!

Unacceptable.

Introducing: Obsidian

So I started looking around, and I found something I fell in love with: Obsidian.

Getting Your Notes Straight Outta Evernote and Into Obsidian

The good news is that Evernote does let you export entire notebooks to disk. The bad news is that the notebooks in Evernote’s own proprietary format which is not useful to anything which is not Evernote:

This exported Evernote notebook is as useful as the “g” in “Lasagna”
What a notebook exported to Markdown looks like.

Getting the Notebooks Into Obsidian

This is the easiest part of the entire process. Just drag the folder into your Vault directory and it and the notes in it will be visible. That’s all there is to it!

Gotchas and Other Weird Things

Files attached to notes are in the _resources/ folder. Yes, you can rename this folder from within Obsidian and links to files in it will update. Obsidian is cool like that.

Further Reading

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