This helper consists of two parts: an AppleScript and a Shortcuts workflow. The AppleScript is a Mail rule that triggers the Shortcuts workflow. The Shortcuts workflow then takes the email and turns it into a note in your Obsidian vault.
This basically adds a “Note to self” ability to your Obsidian vault(s), which uses what you already have and use: your existing email account and macOS.
Good to know:
- For obvious reasons, your Mac and the macOS Mail app must be running for this work. (Mail can be in the background, though.)
- It makes use of Mail’s rules feature and AppleScript, both of which are not available on iOS — this is a macOS-only workflow.
Download Apple Shortcuts workflow “Mail to Obsidian note.shortcut”. Double-click the downloaded file to install the workflow in Shortcuts.
Download AppleScript “Send Mail to Shortcuts.scpt”. Copy or move the downloaded
.scpt file into the folder
~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.mail/. (If you have trouble finding that directory: open a Finder window, open the menu entry “Go” → “Go to Folder…” (or press
⇧⌘G), then paste the path
~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.mail/ into the following prompt, and hit Enter.)
- Actions for Obsidian
- macOS Mail app + an existing email account
Adds link back to original message in Mail.app to the note.