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Developing Against Dataview

Dataview includes a high-level plugin-facing API as well as TypeScript definitions and a utility library; to set it up for your plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Install the utility library and types via npm install -D obsidian-dataview in your plugin directory.
  2. import utils to use Dataview API: import { getAPI, isPluginEnabled } from "obsidian-dataview";

Following these steps will allow you to access Dataview in a typed way, including doing things such as:

  • Checking if Dataview is enabled: isPluginEnabled(
  • Accessing the Dataview API: getAPI( or just getAPI() (require version 0.4.22+), will return undefined if Dataview API is not available.
  • Check and compare Dataview API version: use utils provided in api.ver (require version 0.4.22+)
  • Bind to Dataview events: plugin.registerEvent("dataview:...", (...) => ...)).
  • For full API definitions available, check api.ts
  • For all events hooked on MetadataCache, check index.ts

Value Utilities

You can access various type utilities which let you check the types of objects and compare them via Values:

import { Values } from "obsidian-dataview"

const field ='').field;
if (!field) return;

if (Values.isHtml(field)) // do something
else if (Values.isLink(field)) // do something
// ...