Anytype Terminology List Glossary

The Anytype productivity app has a lot of terms for the components within it. Here is a list of Anytype terminology with brief explanations, current as of October 2023.

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Block

A block is the smallest container of content within an object. For example, a block containing text on a page can be moved by clicking and dragging it up or down the page.

Collections

While content made in Microsoft Word is typically organized in folders, content in Anytype uses Collections to group objects. Collections can contain more than one object type, whereas sets contain only one object type.

Graph View

This is a visual representation of all objects in a space and how they are connected. The objects are nodes (circles) and relations are connectors (lines).

Layout

Describes the visual appearance of an object. Choices include basic (cover image and icon), profile (cover image and icon can be an image of a person), note (no cover image or icon), and action (cover image and checkbox).

Library

This is the storage container for all Types and Relations. A user would see a list of all types and relations that were pre-installed, as well as user-created types and relations.

Links can connect objects directly such as two notes, or through relations such as two books that have the same author relation.

Markdown

A simple language used to format text within a plain-text editing application. In Microsoft Word you change text from regular to bold by selecting a bold button on a toolbar, however when using markdown, text would be changed from regular to bold by using two asterisks or 2 underscores before and after a word. Example – amazing. The benefit of saving a file in markdown format is being able to open the file in any plain-text editor vs requiring a specific app like Microsoft Word.

Network

A group of nodes (remote servers) that are connected.

Nodes

Nodes referring to graph mode are the circles that represent objects. Nodes referring to computer networks are physical devices within a network for that send, receive or forward data.

Objects

In traditional word processing apps like Microsoft Word, the component is referred to a document, page or file. In Anytype, a component is referred to as an object. Objects are nodes or the dots in graph view. Think of objects as the items in the first column of a spreadsheet, and the columns that follow as relations.

Pin Code

A 6-digit numeric code that prevents viewing the recovery phrase within the app and serves as a way to unlock the app. There are settings to automatically lock the app after a specific time duration.

Recovery Phrase

A series of 12 auto-generated words that is used to log in to the app. Only the user has access to this recovery phrase and if it is lost or forgotten, Anytype cannot provide a “password reset”.

Relations

Relations can be shared properties or links between objects. Relations are the lines that connect nodes in the graph view. They are similar to attributes or properties and can be text, numbers, dates and even other objects. Think of relations as the columns in a spreadsheet that describe the items (objects) in the first column.

Sets

Sets are a live query or filtering of one object type. For example, a user could create a set (query) for the book object type, and see the results in various database views including grid, gallery, list and Kanban.

Spaces

Spaces are digital workspaces, a container for all your objects. They can be used to separate content such as work vs personal.

Templates

Templates referring to Anytype objects provide a standard formatting to new objects. The default templates are blank but can be changed to a newly created template. Templates referring to digital products that are shared or sold are often user-made workspaces workspaces or dashboards for a specific use case.

Types

Types are a way to classify objects. In a spreadsheet example, a sheet that has a list of contacts would be a Human type in Anytype, and a second sheet with a list of companies would be an Organization type in Anytype.

Widgets

Widgets are quick navigation links in the sidebar of Anytype’s desktop apps and the main screen of Anytype’s mobile apps. They can be customized to show a single link or a list of several links. They are similar to a favorites or starred group.