API: Retrieve unlinked references to an existing zettel

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The value of a personal Zettelstore is determined in part by explicit connections between related zettel. If the number of zettel grow, some of these connections are missing. There are various reasons for this. Maybe, you forgot that a zettel exists. Or you add a zettel later, but forgot that previous zettel already mention its title.

Unlinked references are phrases in a zettel that mention the title of another, currently unlinked zettel.

To retrieve unlinked references to an existing zettel, use the endpoint /u/{ID}.

# curl ''
{"id": "00001007000000","meta": {...},"rights":62,"list": [{"id": "00001012070500","meta": {...},"rights":62},...{"id": "00001006020000","meta": {...},"rights":62}]}

Formatted, this translates into:1

  "id": "00001007000000",
  "meta": {...},
  "rights": 62,
  "list": [
      "id": "00001012070500",
      "meta": {...},
      "rights": 62
      "id": "00001006020000",
      "meta": {...},
      "rights": 62

This call searches within all zettel whether the title of the specified zettel occurs there. The other zettel must not link to the specified zettel. The title must not occur within a link (e.g. to another zettel), in a heading, in a citation, and must have a uniform formatting. The match must be exact, but is case-insensitive.

If the title of the specified zettel contains some extra character that probably reduce the number of found unlinked references, you can specify the title phase to be searched for as a query parameter phrase:

# curl ''
{"id": "00001007000000","meta": {...},"list": [{"id": "00001008010000","meta": {...},"rights":62},{"id": "00001004020000","meta": {...},"rights":62}]}


The following top-level JSON keys are returned:


The zettel identifier for which the unlinked references were requested.


The metadata of the zettel, encoded as a JSON object.


An integer number that describes the access rights for the given zettel.


A list of JSON objects with keys id, meta, and rights that describe zettel with unlinked references.

HTTP Status codes


Retrieval was successful, the body contains an appropriate JSON object.


Request was not valid.


You are not allowed to retrieve data of the given zettel.


Zettel not found. You probably used a zettel identifier that is not used in the Zettelstore.

  1. Metadata (key meta) are hidden to make the overall structure easier to read. ↩︎