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The Markdown library that sucks less than your Markdown library

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Upskirt

The Markdown library that sucks less than your Markdown library

Why doesn't Upskirt suck?

Markdown is not easy to parse: it's not well standarized, and has a ton of unofficial extensions and corner cases which makes writing a parser for it not trivial. This also makes any Markdown parser or converter inherently sucky. Here's why Upskirt is the least sucky of the Markdown parsers:

  • If your Markdown library is not standards compliant, Upskirt is.

    Upskirt passes out of the box the official Markdown v1.0.0 and v1.0.3 test suites, and has been extensively tested with additional corner cases to make sure its output is as sane as possible at all times.

  • If your Markdown library doesn't support Markdown extensions, Upskirt does.

    Upskirt has optional support for several (unofficial) Markdown extensions, such as non-strict emphasis, fenced code blocks, tables, autolinks, strikethrough and more.

  • If your Markdown library is ready to be used in production, you are probably in for a surprise.

    Upskirt is the only Markdown library ready to be used in a production environment where users can submit arbritrary and potentially malicious contents to render.

    Upskirt has been extensively security audited, and includes protection against all possible DOS attacks (stack overflows, out of memory situations, malformed Markdown syntax...) and against client attacks through malicious embedded HTML.

    We've worked very hard to make Upskirt never crash or run out of memory under any input. Upskirt renders all the Markdown content in GitHub and so far hasn't crashed a single time.

  • If your Markdown library only does HTML, Upskirt does much more.

    Upskirt is not stuck with XHTML output: the Markdown parser of the library is decoupled from the renderer, so it's trivial to extend the library with custom renderers. A fully functional XHTML renderer is included.

  • If your Markdown library is slow, Upskirt is not.

    Upskirt is written in C, with a special emphasis on performance. When wrapped on a dynamic language such as Python or Ruby, it has shown to be up to 40 times faster than other native alternatives.

  • If your Markdown library has retarded dependencies, Upskirt doesn't.

    Upskirt is a zero-dependency library composed of 3 .c files and their headers. No dependencies, no bullshit. Only standard C99 that builds everywhere.

This is a fork

The original libupskirt is the amazing work of Natacha Porté and may be found on its Fossil repository at:

http://fossil.instinctive.eu/libupskirt/home

We've created this fork of the library to focus on implementing extensive security fixes and additional Markdown extensions which we believe are indispensable on a Markdown library for the web. The original libupskirt backports some of these fixes, and we strongly encourage you to check it out if you require a more UNIX-y Markdown library instead of one aimed at the web.

None of this would be possible without Natacha's invaluable contributions, both when writing the original library and when kindly reviewing and auditing the many changes committed in this fork.

Henceforward she shall be known as the Lady of Markdown.

Help us

Upskirt is all about security. If you find a (potential) security vulnerability in the library, or a way to make it crash through malicious input, please report it to us, either directly via email or by opening an Issue on GitHub, and help make the web safer for everybody.

Install

There is nothing to install. Upskirt is composed of 3 .c files (markdown.c, buffer.c and array.c), so just throw them in your project. Zero-dependency means zero-dependency. You might want to include render/xhtml.c if you want to use the included XHTML renderer, or write your own renderer. Either way, it's all fun and joy.

If you are hardcore, you can use the included Makefile to build Upskirt into a dynamic library, or to build the sample markdown executable, which is just a commandline Markdown to XHTML parser.

License

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

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