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Awesome Markdown Editors & (Pre)viewers

A collection of awesome markdown editors and (pre)viewers for Linux, Apple OS X, Microsoft Windows, the World Wide Web and more.

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Markdown Online Editors

Minimalist Online Markdown Editor (web:, github: pioul/Minimalist-Online-Markdown-Editor)

StackEdit (web:, github: benweet/stackedit)

Markdown Note (web:, github: writekit/markdown.note) - another simple single HTML page, server-less Markdown editor in JavaScript (web:, github: joemccann/dillinger)

MarkTwo (web:, github:anthonygarvan/marktwo), MarkTwo is a free and open source progressive web app which can be installed on any platform or used within the browser. It features seamless transition between read and edit mode, snappy performance for large documents, and efficient, continuous, and private syncing via your own Google drive. It also has a host of productivity enhancements that make it ideal for long-form notes and journals.

Markdown Desktop Editors


Atom (FREE, open source)

Markdown Preview - to be done

Visual Studio Code (FREE)

Visual Studio Code is a streamlined code editor with support for development operations like debugging, task running, and version control. It aims to provide just the tools a developer needs for a quick code-build-debug cycle and leaves more complex workflows to fuller featured IDEs, such as Visual Studio IDE.

KeenWrite (FREE, open source)

Java-based desktop text editor with live preview, variables, inline math, document outline, diagrams, real-time spell check, dark themes, custom theming, document statistics, R integration, internationalization support, XML/XSLT3, dockable tabs, and more.

KeenWrite was developed to make using variables in documents simple. Variables may be used for character sheets when authoring fiction, ensuring consistent palette usage for technical diagrams, real-time calculations when combined with inline R statements, and so forth.

See the screenshots and demo video for additional details.

Typora ($$, Free in beta)

Typora is a highly unique and powerful markdown editor. The most surprising and difficult to explain feature, is the in place live preview. In a nutshell as you type markdown it previews the text behind your cursor eliminating the need for a separate preview space.

In addition to including some very nice looking css based themes it also leverages the power of pandoc by using an intermediary format behind the scene allowing you to import and export to many popular document formats including.

The current version, 0.9.23-1, still has some minor bugs and the OS X version is still in beta but, wow, does it look great!

Abricotine (FREE, open source)

Abricotine supports very good instant preview like Typora, but is open source - free forever.

MarkText (FREE, open source)

MarkText is very similar to Abricotine, but it's development is much faster than Abricotine's (while isn't really stable yet).

Caret ($29 for continued use)

Features live preview, files sidebar, go to anything, advanced spell checker and a lot more.

Zettlr (FREE, open source)

Zettlr ships with a lot of features helpful in writing markdown. It is especially aimed at writing research papers in the arts and humanities (and therefore offers writing aids such as automatic footnote insertion and in-place editing, or a global search). Nonetheless it also supports LaTeX and code highlighting, which makes it interesting for developers as well. It features a file tree, plenty of exporting options and even supports whole projects (exporting multiple markdown files at once), live preview directly in the editor, and some Zettelkasten functionalities that enables the linking of files. Tags can also be used to sort your work.

The code resides on GitHub

GhostWriter (FREE, open source)

GhostWriter is a simple and light markdown editor. It use double screen: the left screen is the editor, and the right screen show the rendered file. Allows many different syntax: GitHub, Sundown, pandoc, common mark, multimarkdown, php markdown extra, and strict. The right screen will shows the file rendered using the selected syntax.

The editor includes more options, as ortographic check, format... etc.

Ghostwriter also allows to export to different formats, using pandoc or sundown: pdf, html, docx, latex. epub... etc

The interface is translated to many languages, as spanish, german or portuguese.

Znote (FREE)

Znote is a free, elegant program meant to help you write beautifully organized Markdown documents. You can organize your texts, notes, and files even better, using the simplistic left-side widget organizer for smoothly navigating different files.


Retext (github wiki: retext-project/retext, github: retext-project/retext) - ReText is a simple but powerful editor for markdown and reStructuredText markup languages. ReText is written in Python language and works on Linux and other POSIX-compatible platforms.

Remarkable (web: - markdown editor for Linux and Windows

MindForger (web: - MindForger is free Markdown IDE and thinking notebook for Linux and macOS. Actually it is more than just a Markdown editor - it is Markdown IDE. With MindForger you can edit multiple documents, perform refactoring/cloning/extraction of sections, use document/section templates and more. It provides HTML preview with diagram, math support and source code syntax highlighting; cutomizable themes and dual pane interface.

Apostrophe (web:, flathub: apostrophe) - Apostrophe (formerly UberWriter), beautiful distraction free writing. With Apostrophe you get only one thing: An empty textbox, that is to fill with your ideas. There are no settings, you don't have to choose a font, it is only for writing. You can use markdown for all your markup needs. PDF, RTF and HTML are generated via pandoc.

MarkMyWords (github: voldyman/MarkMyWords) - a minimal markdown editor

More / Articles

  • 12 Best Markdown Editors for Linux, Better Tech Tips, July 2017 -- incl. Remarkable, Mark My Words, ReText, Ghostwriter, Abricotine, Typora ($$, Free in beta), Haroopad ($$, Donationware), Caret ($25), GitBook Editor, LightMd Editor, EME (Elegant Markdown Editor), PileMd

Microsoft Windows

WriteMonkey (web: - full screen distraction free creative writing; no whistles and bells, just empty screen, you and your words; WriteMonkey is light, fast, and free

Markdown Monster (web: - Markdown is everywhere these days and it's used for all sorts of different purposes. Wouldn't it be nice if you have an editor that can keep up with all of those scenarios?

Markdown Monster is a Markdown editor and viewer that lets you edit Markdown with syntax highlighting and fast text entry. A collapsible, synced, live preview lets you see your output as you type. You can easily embed images, links, emojis and code as text or by using our gentle UI helpers that simplify many operations. You can also paste and drag images directly into the editor. Inline spell-checking and word counts keep your content streamlined unobtrusively.

You can export Markdown to HTML by saving to disk or by copying Markdown selections as HTML directly to the clipboard. The HTML preview can display syntax colored code snippets for most common coding languages, and can easily be customized with HTML and CSS template to match your own sites. You can choose from a light and dark theme, and choose individual editor and preview themes. You can even use Vim or EMacs type conventions. Other convenience features let you browse for and select files in the built-in folder browser, jump to the current folder in Explorer or Terminal, commit to Git and more.

More / Articles

  • The Best Markdown Editor for Windows by Zack Wallace, SitePoint, July 2017 -- incl. Texts ($19), WriteMonkey, Haroopad ($$, Donationware), MarkPad, MarkdownPad 2, Typora ($$, Free in beta), Caret ($25)

Apple Mac OS X

MacDown (web: - open source Markdown editor inspired by Mou, with live preview of extended markdown syntaxes

More / Articles

  • The Best Markdown Editors for Mac by Adrian Try, SitePoint, July 2017 -- incl. Ulysses ($44.99), Quiver ($9.99), LightPaper ($16.49), MWeb ($14.99), Texts ($19), Byword ($11.99), IA Writer ($9.99), Typora ($$, Free in beta), Caret ($25), Focused ($29.99), Bear (Free, Bear Pro subscription $1.49/month), Mou ($$, Free in beta), MacDown (FREE, open source), Haroopad ($$, Donationware)

Markdown Mobile Editors


Markor (web:, github: gsantner/markor) - Markor is an open source text editor for Android. This project aims to make an editor that is versatile, flexible, and lightweight. Markor utilizes simple markup formats like Markdown and todo.txt for note-taking and list management.



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