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GitHub Markup

We use this library on GitHub when rendering your README or any other rich text file.

Want to contribute? Great! There are two ways to add markups.


If your markup is in a language other than Ruby, drop a translator script in lib/github/commands which accepts input on STDIN and returns HTML on STDOUT. See rest2html for an example.

Once your script is in place, edit lib/github/markups.rb and tell GitHub Markup about it. Again we look to rest2html for guidance:

command(:rest2html, /rest|rst/)

Here we're telling GitHub Markup of the existence of a rest2html command which should be used for any file ending in rest or rst. Any regular expression will do.

Finally add your tests. Create a README.extension in test/markups along with a README.extension.html. As you may imagine, the README.extension should be your known input and the README.extension.html should be the desired output.

Now run the tests: rake

If nothing complains, congratulations!


If your markup can be translated using a Ruby library, that's great. Check out Check lib/github/markups.rb for some examples. Let's look at Markdown:

markup(:markdown, /md|mkdn?|markdown/) do |content|

We give the markup method three bits of information: the name of the file to require, a regular expression for extensions to match, and a block to run with unformatted markup which should return HTML.

If you need to monkeypatch a RubyGem or something, check out the included RDoc example.

Tests should be added in the same manner as described under the Commands section.


gem install github-markup --source=


require 'github/markup'
GitHub::Markup.render('README.markdown', "* One\n* Two")

Or, more realistically:

require 'github/markup'


  1. Fork it.
  2. Create a branch
  3. Commit your changes
  4. Push to the branch
  5. Create an Issue with a link to your branch
  6. Enjoy a refreshing Diet Coke and wait
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