mdBook VS obsidian-releases

Compare mdBook vs obsidian-releases and see what are their differences.


Create book from markdown files. Like Gitbook but implemented in Rust (by rust-lang)


Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian. (by obsidianmd)
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mdBook obsidian-releases
99 1643
16,143 7,446
2.9% 6.0%
8.8 9.8
3 days ago about 20 hours ago
Rust JavaScript
Mozilla Public License 2.0 -
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Posts with mentions or reviews of mdBook. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-14.


Posts with mentions or reviews of obsidian-releases. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-14.
  • Show HN: Reor – An AI note-taking app that runs models locally
    6 projects | | 14 Feb 2024
    Great job!

    I played around with this on a couple of small knowledge bases using an open Hermes model I had downloaded. The “related notes” feature didn't provide much value in my experience, often the link was so weak it was nonsensical. The Q&A mode was surprisingly helpful for querying notes and providing overviews, but asking anything specific typically just resulted in less than helpful or false answers. I'm sure this could be improved with a better model etc.

    As a concept, I strongly support the development of private, locally-run knowledge management tools. Ideally, these solutions should prioritise user data privacy and interoperability, allowing users to easily export and migrate their notes if a new service better fits their needs. Or better yet, be completely local, but have functionality for 'plugins' so a user can import their own models or combine plugins. A bit like how Obsidian[1] allows for user created plugins to enable similar functionality to Reor, such as the Obsidan-LLM[2] plugin.


  • DevDocs
    19 projects | | 12 Jan 2024
    Not a complete answer, but I hope Markdown is or becomes the standard for offline docs and text for local/offline consumption. I only ever write in markdown anyway (usually with

    The closest thing I know of for a service like RSS to download documents is [Dash for macOS - API Documentation Browser, Snippet Manager - Kapeli](

  • Ask HN: What do you use for note-taking or as knowledge base?
    5 projects | | 1 Jan 2024
    I keep absolutely everything in a single folder. Saved documents, images, movies, financial records, game saves, it doesn't matter. My hierarchical naming scheme takes care of organization. On the odd occasion I actually need a folder, I just append ".d" to the filename.

    I use . as a hierarchy delimiter, so file extensions are just part of the hierarchy, and I can have multiple files with the same name except for the extension. For example, "film.spongebob.png" is a photo of spongebob, "" is a note about spongebob, and "film.spongebob.s1.e7" is my favorite episode.

    I use org-roam [1] for note-taking and task/time-management. I absolutely require a plain-text system so it either had to be markdown or org-mode. Emacs was the deciding factor, else I would have still been using Dendron [2]

    If OneNote is your thing, I'd probably recommend Obsidian [3] over org-roam. Despite it being the greatest program ever created, Emacs is a lot to learn "just" for taking notes.

    If you like VS Code, check out Dendron. It's the one that got me into more serious PKMS instead of just chucking notes in a folder all willy nilly.

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  • Book list for streetfighting computer scientists
    2 projects | | 28 Dec 2023
  • Publishing to my blog from Obsidian
    5 projects | | 28 Dec 2023
    I like using Obsidian for almost everything writing-wise. But, this has caused occasional friction when it comes to publishing to my blog. I've mentioned before that I'm trying out TinaCMS, which is generally working well for me (especially for posts with images), but I wanted to try something where I can push straight from Obsidian if I'm not able to use Tina for whatever reason.
  • Tell HN: My Favorite Tools
    14 projects | | 24 Dec 2023
  • A structured note-taking app for personal use
    20 projects | | 21 Dec 2023
  • What do you use to write your fan fictions?
    2 projects | /r/FanFiction | 11 Dec 2023
    When I was 14 and just getting started, I used Notepad. Upgraded to Wordpad when I realized I loved putting italics in every other sentence, moved to Google Docs at around 25 when I started writing on my phone and wanted to sync with my computer, finally moved to Obsidian a few months ago (with Syncthing for syncing) when I decided I don't want to live in Google's house where they can burn my stuff down whenever they want.
  • Notepad on Windows 11 is finally getting a character count
    2 projects | /r/technology | 11 Dec 2023
  • A rant: improve your comms Evernote. Oh and bye.
    4 projects | /r/Evernote | 8 Dec 2023
    Obsidian - Local, Free & Private

What are some alternatives?

When comparing mdBook and obsidian-releases you can also consider the following projects:

Trilium Notes - Build your personal knowledge base with Trilium Notes

QOwnNotes - QOwnNotes is a plain-text file notepad and todo-list manager with Markdown support and Nextcloud / ownCloud integration.

vimwiki - Personal Wiki for Vim

TiddlyWiki - A self-contained JavaScript wiki for the browser, Node.js, AWS Lambda etc.

AppFlowy - AppFlowy is an open-source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations. Built with Flutter and Rust.

gitbook - 📝 Modern documentation format and toolchain using Git and Markdown

Mermaid - Edit, preview and share mermaid charts/diagrams. New implementation of the live editor.

Zettlr - Your One-Stop Publication Workbench

MkDocs - Project documentation with Markdown.

Wiki.js - Wiki.js | A modern and powerful wiki app built on Node.js

syncthing-android - Wrapper of syncthing for Android.

notesnook - A fully open source & end-to-end encrypted note taking alternative to Evernote.