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Markdown file support for the NetBeans IDE

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A NetBeans IDE plugin which adds Markdown support. This plugin provides basic syntax highlighting, HTML preview and HTML export when editing a Markdown document.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).



For the time being the packaged plugin archives can be downloaded from Github:

Releases Overview

You may also compile a binary yourself with the latest development code.

  1. git clone git://
  2. Open the folder with NetBeans (Open Project)
  3. (Configure Target Platform if needed)
  4. Choose "Create NBM" from the project menu
  5. Install the plugin with: Tools -> Plugins -> Downloaded


  • NetBeans >= 8.0
  • "NetBeans Plugin Development" plugin must be installed if you want to compile your own binary package.

Plugin features

  • Adds Markdown to your "New File" wizard
  • Provides basic syntax highlighting
  • Provides code folding based on headers
  • Provides bread crumbs in the editor based on headers
  • Provides a table of contents in the Navigator window
  • Enables full fledged preview in the editor window
  • Exports your saved file content to an HTML document
  • Enables HTML preview of your saved file in your configured web browser
  • Lets you customize the HTML output with CSS and alien intelligence (Options->Miscellaneous->Markdown->HTML Export)
  • Supports multiple extensions over standard markdown (see PegDown, Options->Miscellaneous->Markdown->Extensions)
  • Supports auto operations(additoin and removal) for lists (Options->Miscellaneous->Markdown->Miscellaneous)


Editor - Source view

Editor - Preview view


Contributions are always welcome and greatly appreciated!


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