My Digital Garden




Foam is the brainchild of Jani Eväkallio, and uses Visual Studio Code as the heart of an idea mapping tool with which you can implement a Digital Garden or Zettelkasten.

Getting started

This documentation assumes that you have a GitHub account and have Visual Studio Code installed on your Linux/MacOS/Windows machine.

  1. If you haven't yet, browse over to the main Foam documentation workspace to get an idea of what Foam is and how to use it.
  2. Press "Use this template" button at foam-template (that's this repository!) to fork it to your own GitHub account. If you want to keep your thoughts to yourself, remember to set the repository private.
  3. Clone the repository to your local machine and open it in VS Code.
  4. When prompted to install recommended extensions, click Install all (or Show Recommendations if you want to review and install them one by one)

After setting up the repository, open .vscode/settings.json and edit, add or remove any settings you'd like for your Foam workspace.

To learn more about how to use Foam, read the Recipes bubbles of the Foam documentation workspace.

Using Foam

We've created a few Bubbles (markdown documents) to get you started.

  • Inbox - a place to write down quick notes to be categorised later
  • Foam tips - tips to get the most out of your Foam workspace
  • #todo - a place to keep track of things to do

⚠️ Until foambubble/foam#16 is resolved, [[wiki-links]] links (like the links above) won't work in the GitHub Markdown preview (i.e. this Readme on

They should work as expected in VS Code, and in rendered GitHub Pages.

If GitHub preview (or general 100% support with all Markdown tools) is a requirement, for the time being you can use the standard [description]( syntax.