Since Anki is an open-source software, many generous users have developed add-ons to enhance Anki and expand its utility. Here are 5 free Anki add-ons that can be used to enhance your study efficiency and increase enjoyment while using Anki! If you find any of these add-ons useful, please consider donating to the creators! And if you haven’t had a chance to view our Anki guide for the DAT, we highly recommend checking it out.
How to download an add-on?
To download an add-on, go to Tools → Add-ons → Get Add-ons. You should then see a text box to add a specific code. Each add-on has a unique code that when entered downloads the add-on to your application. Once downloaded, restart your Anki application for newly downloaded add-ons to take effect. All public add-ons can be found on Anki Web, and I will add links to the specific add-ons below. Note that you will need to redownload each add-on for every computer you use Anki on.
1. 🏷️ Hierarchical Tags
This add-on is great for organizing your cards within large decks. Anki already has a tagging feature, but it is hard to organize and find these tags. This add-on solves this problem by allowing you to nest tags with in tags, all you need to do is add “::” between tags. For example, the tag “Biology::Cells” will nest the “Cells” tag under “Biology. Fortunately, Booster has hierarchically tagged all of their free decks for ease of access. You will need this add-on to take advantage of Booster’s tagged Anki cards. Be sure to check out this article to learn how to use Hierarchical Tags used in Booster’s Anki deck to maximize your content review!
2. ❄️ Ze Freeze Fields
Ze Freeze Fields is a great add-on for when you are creating you own cards, especially when making several cards on the same subject! You can toggle these small snowflakes, and if toggled, will keep the text in that field when a new card is added (see gif below). This is particularly useful with an “Extra” field (to learn about this, check out this article).
3. 📖 Pop Up Dictionary
This add-on is great for making connections between various cards and to see where a certain word/phrase appears on. When you highlight a word/phrase, this add-on will produce a pop-up that shows every card in that deck where that word/phrase appears. You can even highlight a word/phrase within a pop up to generate another pop up!
4. 🔥 Review Heat Map
The Review Heat Map is an add-on that provides a visual representation of your activity on Anki. While this add-on doesn’t directly help your studying, it is a great way to keep track of your progress and motivate you to keep your streak!
5. 🚀 Enhanced Main Window
This is another add on that does not directly enhance your studying but provides you with more data. The Enhanced Main Window shows you all of the stats surrounding the cards in each deck. This view may be overwhelming or a distraction to some, so this add-on is more for the data nerds (like myself!).