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Dillinger is a cloud-enabled HTML5 Markdown editor.

  • Type some Markdown text in the left window
  • See the HTML in the right
  • Magic

Markdown is a lightweight markup language based on the formatting conventions that people naturally use in email. As John Gruber writes on the Markdown site:

The overriding design goal for Markdown's formatting syntax is to make it as readable as possible. The idea is that a Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it's been marked up with tags or formatting instructions.

This text your see here is actually written in Markdown! To get a feel for Markdown's syntax, type some text into the left window and watch the results in the right.

Get started by clearing the text with the button 'Clear' in the top navigation.


Dillinger uses a number of open source projects to work properly:

Coming Soon

NOTE: currently the app.js file expects a Redis instance to be up and running and available. Dillinger currently uses Redis version 2.4.4. You will need to modify the redis.conf file if you are going to use an older version of Redis.


NOTE: currently the app.js file expects a Redis instance to be up and running and available. It is used for session storage and will be used in the future.

  1. Clone the repo
  2. cd dillinger
  3. npm install -d (also, if you don't have smoosh installed globally execute: npm install smoosh -g)
  4. mkdir -p public/files
  5. mkdir -p public/files/md && mkdir -p public/files/html
  6. Read the Readme file located at config/ and do what it says.
  7. redis-server config/redis.conf
  8. node build.js as this will concat/compress the css and js files.
  9. sudo node app.js
  10. open

NOTE: Have a look at the app.json file as it has some configuration variables in there as well. You will definitely need to update the IMAGE_PREFIX_PRODUCTION: "" to your own CDN. If you're not using a CDN, set it's path to /img/ for that is where the images reside locally in the dillinger repo.

Free Software, Fuck Yeah!

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