Wiki functionality: Backlinks

Given how easy it is to use wikilinks with backlinks in e.g. RoamResearch, I hope the Devonthink team takes this feature request seriously!

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Count me in as well: + 1 for backlinks, on Mac and iOS

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You’ll see that this has been a feature request since 2011. Hopefully this request is starting to generate enough user interest that devs will include that functionality. So, yeah, +1. While Roam slickly integrates backlink functionality, and even suggests other possible candidates as backlinks, it is entirely cloud based and a pale comparison to the full functionality of DT.

It is doable with Applescript.

It won’t anything like in Roam, but good enough.

+1 for built-in automatic backlink listing - I’m afraid I tried the ‘manual’ AppleScript solution, and wasn’t able to make it work. :frowning:

It would be wonderful to go beyond simple ‘backlink listing’, and actually have DT actively suggest possible connections between items/notes. The approach here could be something similar to the way DT suggests archiving and tags: if there are ‘similar’ notes that all link to a certain item, then DT could suggest that item as a possible link, too. That would be extremely helpful in finding relationships between notes, when using DT in knowledge-management and research methodologies, like as a Zettelkasten.

The latest Zettelkasten-focused software already offers this functionality in some form - like Obsidian, and Roam Research.



+1 from me too. I’d love to see this.

I agree. It would make DT more powerful and useful.

Same here. Would be incredibly useful.

I would also very much like this function. So pleeeeease?

+1 Would be incredibly useful

+1, this is a really useful feature that would make me very happy not to have to move to something like Roam. I can get similar functionality using apple script, but it’s clunky and not optimal. Being able to generate and include backlinks in my docs is a very important feature for the way I take and manage notes.

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May I be bold and cheeky?

It seems to me the underlying tagging support could support links with backlinks.

A “link to other item” function could tag the other item with the source item’s UUID.

Showing linked items would be the same as showing a tag group using the source item’s UUID.

To show backlinks, show a search for UUID’s equal to all hidden UUID tags on the current item. That would be a list of source link UUID’s.

Don’t you just hate it when some bozo says “all you have to do is?” :slight_smile:

Don’t you just hate it when some bozo says “all you have to do is?” :slight_smile:

Yes, but we don’t say so out loud.

KIDDING!! :wink:

+1 as well.

Will try out the scripts solution that @Bernardo_V posted but a native solution would be so powerful!

Not to discourage anyone from requesting, but it seems it’s not possible to implement this


Actually Wiki links will be supported too by the Document > Links inspector. But other features (like searching for items with incoming/outgoing links or sorting by number of incoming/outgoing links or scripting) will be limited to item links.