A primer for setting up and using Anki and a handful of highly effective add-ons.


What is Anki? Simply put, Anki is a study aid. It allows users to generate a variety of flashcards that are then reviewed in a programmatic way. Anki has a large community where you can find hundreds of pre-made study decks, themes, add-ons and much more. The platform is free and open-source, has mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop (Windows, macOS and Linux) support.

The general uses revolve around medicine and the learning of a new language. A personal application to the latter can be found here.


In case of returning users looking for some quick links:

Make sure to use the official app download links provided by the original authors as many similar apps exist.

Anki downloads and resources

Anki add-ons

There are no custom add-ons uploaded at the moment.

You could browse the official add-on repository here or read through the curated lists below:

Anki ≥ 2.1.x add-ons

  1. AnkiConnect for Anki 2.1.x (by FooSoft Productions) Provides Anki with a local RESTful interface. Useful to integrate with BASH or Python scripting.
  2. Night Mode for the Anki desktop applications An implementation of night-mode for desktop installations. Tablet and mobile installations have this feature built-in.
  3. Image Occlusion Enhanced for Anki 2.1.x (by Glutanimate) Allows for the creation of cards with hidden regions (eg. labels). Useful for diagrams and/or tables.
  4. Pop-up Dictionary brings up related facts drawn from your entire card collection.
  5. Export in CSV format for Anki 2.1.x Adds the additional deck export extension option: *.csv

Anki ≤ 2.0.x add-ons

  1. Pop-up Dictionary brings up related facts drawn from your entire card collection.


There are no standalone custom css styles examples at the moment.

A solarized-light template is already built into the study decks on this site.

Study decks

Personal custom decks can be found below:

Import the snapshot only once to initialize the deck locally. To update your deck, import the respective Update packages onto it’s corresponding base Snapshot. This maintains your deck’s existing stats.

To browse the official shared deck repository list, go here.