How to Dive Into PKM With Obsidian

Stéphane Sulikowski
PKM Playbook
Published in
7 min readFeb 2


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Personal knowledge management (PKM) software is a type of software that helps you capture, organize, and retrieve information. This can include tools for taking notes, creating outlines, storing documents or web pages, and overall, searching and retrieving information. The goal of PKM software is to help you effectively manage the information.

If you’re looking for a powerful note-taking and knowledge-management tool, Obsidian is an excellent choice. It’s a powerful Markdown editor that allows you to create and store notes, and link them together. In this article, we’ll get through the installation and the basic setup of Obsidian on your computer.


You can download the Obsidian installer from the Obsidian website : The installer is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Once you’ve downloaded it, double-click it to begin the process.

The installer will guide you through the installation steps. You’ll be asked to accept the license agreement and then choose where you want to install Obsidian. Once you’ve made your choices, click “Install” to begin the installation.

Once the installation is complete, let’s open the app!

Create a new local vault

To create a new vault in Obsidian, follow these steps:

  1. Open Obsidian and click on the “File” menu.
  2. Select “New Vault” from the menu.
  3. Choose a location on your computer where you want to store the new vault.
  4. Click “Create” to create the new vault.

Once the new vault is created, you can start adding notes and organizing your information.

Create a new synced vault using Obsidian sync (optional)

Disclaimer: This process is totally optional and is interesting if you want to sync your vault with Obsidian for iPad for example. This is not required to use Obsidian on your computer.



Stéphane Sulikowski
PKM Playbook

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