Add Math to your Markdown with a KaTeX plugin for Markdown-it
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Add Math to your Markdown

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KaTeX is a faster alternative to MathJax. This plugin makes it easy to support in your markdown.

Need convincing?


Install markdown-it

npm install markdown-it

Install the plugin

npm install markdown-it-katex

Use it in your javascript

var md = require('markdown-it')(),
    mk = require('markdown-it-katex');


// double backslash is required for javascript strings, but not html input
var result = md.render('# Math Rulez! \n  $\\sqrt{3x-1}+(1+x)^2$');

Include the KaTeX stylesheet in your html:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

If you're using the default markdown-it parser, I also recommend the github stylesheet:

<link rel="stylesheet" href=""/>

KaTeX options can be supplied with the second argument to use.

md.use(mk, {"throwOnError" : false, "errorColor" : " #cc0000"});



Surround your LaTeX with a single $ on each side for inline rendering.



Use two ($$) for block rendering. This mode uses bigger symbols and centers the result.


\nabla \times \vec{\mathbf{B}} -\, \frac1c\, \frac{\partial\vec{\mathbf{E}}}{\partial t} &
= \frac{4\pi}{c}\vec{\mathbf{j}}    \nabla \cdot \vec{\mathbf{E}} & = 4 \pi \rho \\

\nabla \times \vec{\mathbf{E}}\, +\, \frac1c\, \frac{\partial\vec{\mathbf{B}}}{\partial t} & = \vec{\mathbf{0}} \\

\nabla \cdot \vec{\mathbf{B}} & = 0



Math parsing in markdown is designed to agree with the conventions set by pandoc:

Anything between two $ characters will be treated as TeX math. The opening $ must
have a non-space character immediately to its right, while the closing $ must
have a non-space character immediately to its left, and must not be followed
immediately by a digit. Thus, $20,000 and $30,000 won’t parse as math. If for some
reason you need to enclose text in literal $ characters, backslash-escape them and
they won’t be treated as math delimiters.

Math Syntax Support

KaTeX is based on TeX and LaTeX. Support for both is growing. Here's a list of currently supported functions:

Function Support in KaTeX