A **vault** is a folder on your file system which contains your notes, [[attachments]], and the [[configuration folder]] with Obsidian-specific settings. For more information on vaults, refer to [[How Obsidian stores data]]. You can manage your vaults using the **Vault switcher**. The *Vault profile* opens the first time you open Obsidian. To open the vault switcher from an existing vault, select **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]) at the bottom of the [[Sidebar|left sidebar]]. Or, select **Open another vault** from the [[command palette]]. ## Create new vault 1. On your computer, open Obsidian. 2. At the bottom left, select the **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 3. A context menu will pop up. Select **Manage Vaults...**. 3. To the right of **Create new vault**, select **Create**. 4. In **Vault name**, enter the name of your vault. 5. Click **Browse** to select where your new vault will be created. 6. Click **Create**. ## Create vault from an existing folder 1. On your computer, open Obsidian. 2. At the bottom left, select the **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 3. A context menu will pop up. Select **Manage Vaults...**. 3. At the right of **Open folder as vault**, click **Open**. 4. In the file browser, select the folder you want to use as your vault. 5. Click **Open**. > [!tip] Open vault from Obsidian Sync > If you want to open a remote vault using Obsidian Sync, refer to [[Set up Obsidian Sync on another device]]. ## Rename vault Since the name of a vault and the underlying folder are the same, renaming a vault also renames the folder. 1. On your computer, open Obsidian. 2. At the bottom left, select the **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 3. A context menu will pop up. Select **Manage Vaults...**. 4. In the vault list, select **More options** ( ![[lucide-more-horizontal.svg]] ) next to the vault you want to rename. 5. Select **Rename vault**. 6. Enter the new name for the vault, and press `Enter`. ## Move vault to a different folder 1. On your computer, open Obsidian. 2. At the bottom left, select the **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 3. A context menu will pop up. Select **Manage Vaults...**. 4. In the vault list, select **More options** ( ![[lucide-more-horizontal.svg]] ) next to the vault you want to move. 5. Select **Move vault**, and then select the new location. Some operating systems do not allow the vault to be moved with the Vault Switcher. In these cases, move your vault manually: 1. Close Obsidian. 2. Move your vault folder to a new location, avoiding folders synced by other services. 3. Reopen Obsidian. 4. Click the **Vault profile** icon at the bottom left ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 5. From the pop-up menu, select **Manage Vaults...**. 6. Next to **Open folder as vault**, click **Open**. 7. Navigate to and select your new vault folder. 8. Click **Open**. 9. Verify that the vault contents are unchanged. If necessary, re-enable community plugins by navigating to **Settings → Community Plugins → Turn restricted mode off**. ## Remove vault Removing a vault only removes it from the vault list. 1. On your computer, open Obsidian. 2. At the bottom left, select the **Vault profile** ( ![[lucide-chevrons-up-down.svg#icon]]). 3. A context menu will pop up. Select **Manage Vaults...**. 4. In the vault list, select **More options** ( ![[lucide-more-horizontal.svg]]) next to the vault you want to move. 5. Select **Remove from list**. ## Transfer settings to another vault To use the same settings for another vault, use your preferred file manager (or terminal) to copy the `.obsidian` folder from the root of the source vault to the root of the destination vault. You may need to restart Obsidian to apply the changes. > [!note] Where do I find the `.obsidian` folder? > By default, most operating systems hide folders starting with a period (`.`). For more information about the `.obsidian` folder and how to access it, refer to [[How Obsidian stores data#Vault settings|vault settings]] and [[Configuration folder|config folders]].