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Use Dendron with a current workspace

Copy the settings in this sample workspace file. Dendron uses your first folder as the index for where it will look for notes.

"folders": [
        "path": "vault"

Rename your current workspace file to dendron.code-workspace. Use the Dendron: Change Workspace command and set the workspace to the directory containing dendron.code-workspace.

Star/Favorite/Pin Notes

Dendron doesn’t currently provide native support for this. You can download the Bookmarks extension to achieve the functionality in the interim.

Launch the command bar

This lets you execute commands inside vscode

  • Linux: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • macOS: Cmd+Shift+P
  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+P

Analyze notes using elasticsearch

  • WARNING: this is advanced material

With Dendron, you can export your notes using the JSON Export Pod and then use that data to analyze your notes using elasticsearch.

This video walkthrough walks you through that process.

You can download the repo used in this walkthrough from github


  • download and run elasticsearch


  1. Export your data using the JSON Export Pod
  2. Create an index in elasticsearch (we’re using version 7.9)
PUT notes
  "mappings": {
    "properties": {
      "created": {
        "type":   "date",
        "format": "epoch_millis"
  1. Pipe exported JSON into the newly created index.
cat /path/to/exported/notes.json | jq -c '.[] | {"index": {"_index": "notes", "notes", "_id": .id}}, .' | curl -H'Content-Type: application/json' -XPOST localhost:9200/_bulk --data-binary @-
  1. Profit!

Some potential use cases you can do using elasticsearch and Dendron:

  • filter your notes by any logical combination of custom attributes
  • make a heatmap of notes created by date
  • get a full list of tags used across your vault and on a per hierarchy basis
  • anything else you can thin of :)

Some useful additional links:

Convert timestamps in the frontmatter

Currently, Dendron notes show timestamps in epoch time which is not the most parsable for humans. You can use the timestamp converter extension order to see a human representation of said timestamp.

Use Dendron with Anki