State of Markdown Editors 2019

Andrew on March 05, 2019

Update: We have a winner! Alissa McGee suggested Joplin, which: is 100% completely free (but feel free to donate) works on all platforms: Wind... [Read Full]
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Don't forget VSCODE with extension Markdown preview Enhanced:

(marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...)

Works pretty well, and you don't have to leave your editor

Dang misread the Android support!

 

Yeah there are a ton of cross-desktop options, but Android support is usually the sticking point for me.

 

On android, Writer+ was one of the best experiences I had

Indeed. Since I only use Android, I don't know a lot about the iOS landscape

 
 

I also started on this journey of finding that perfect markdown editor and ended up with Notion. Obviously markdown editor search will hardly bring notion in result set because its much more than that. But you can use it as markdown editor. It also takes a while to get used to. My biggest problem was I totally forgot I was looking for a markdown editor and just got lost in trying all the goodies of Notion. Again that's me and one may still don't like it as an editor.

 

Someone else mentioned that, but it doesn't have a markdown interpreter / renderer (as far as I can tell).

 

Notion renders markdown as you type. Markdown and render view are not independent, if that's what you mean. I use Notion daily for personal use and for work and, so far, it is the best tool I have ever encountered for the job. Notion is not just a markdown editor, but a fully-fledged markdown compliant wiki to create knowledge bases, for instance. Offline support is lacking though.

There are other markdown editors with a split editing / preview pane, which I think I prefer. It makes it easier to copy and paste the markdown to another editor (or to Dev.To).

I understand. You can export markdown from Notion though. 😉

 

Thanks for doing the research on these and organizing them here.

Have you tried VS Code? I find it to be pretty much all I need from a markdown editor these days.

More curiously, it would be interesting to hear what folks think of as the key parts needed for a good markdown editor.

 

I use VS Code on the desktop, but it doesn't run on Android :/

That's something I need in a markdown editor

 

true! I only asked because I saw other tools that are not on all of the platforms you mentioned, but did not see Code.

Curious if VS Code would be desired to run on Android by lots of people.

It would certainly be life changing if VSCode could run on iPads so maybe the same would apply to Android ecosystem 🤷‍♂️

I agree - I use my ipad pro a lot and would love to run vscode on it. maybe access files in the cloud for npm. just brainstorming - and making wishes :)

 

This is a great post. I too use Simplenote as my primary application for notes. Though I've been using it for years, there's lots to be desired, mainly more features which is against it's "simple" paradigm. The main element that's keeping me with the platform is that it's cross-platform and its ability to sync across those multiple devices.

The only similar replacement I found was Standard Notes, but the editor itself isn't all that great. It's also got great privacy and encryption. It has syncing and cross-platform support, but the desktop and mobile applications are finicky.

 

The only thing I want out of Simplenote is less-ugly rendering. Other than that, it's perfect.

 

For Mac, I've also used Falcon and Quiver. I know Quiver has an iOS app, and I think both save as just .md files so you can sync across apps with Dropbox or your cloud offering of choice.

Honestly, though, I'm out of good recommendations anymore for an all in one Markdown editor, so I just use a private Github/Gitlab repo and use the web editor since that lets you preview the .md output.

 

I faced the same dilemma a few years ago when Evernote Web just wasn't cutting it any more for me, and I used Typora for a while, but in the end I switched to notion, and honestly I've never looked back.

Of course, notion isn't markdown, but it has all its features (and more) and the app itself looks really nice. Plus it supports importing from Markdown and Evernote.

 

Markdown is a must for me. Between posting on Dev.To, posting notes for my team to GitLab, and my (upcoming) personal blog, I use markdown constantly.

 

Pretty unfortunate as someone who has to commute an hour to work and back each day on the NYC subway, I was going to look into this soon. Why? So I could write on the subway :).

I'd rather not have to spend $50 bucks to do so but thanks to your post I saved some time looking myself.

Thank you!

 

I use Atom a bit for markdown too, but have found that it also has rendering issues. One more is R and RStudio. I know they are industry specific but they sure make some very cooool markdown docs, html or pdfs. ;)))

 

If your markdown files are in a repo on github you can try prose.io as it supports markdown. You can then edit on all platforms in a browser. prose.io/

Just to say, I haven’t used it for a while so not sure of the current features.

 

They're not, so unfortunately this won't work for me. Maybe it'd be useful for someone else, though!

 

I embarked on a similar journey a few months back. I ended up discovering notion.so and I have been loving it! It's more of psudeo markdown, but I highly recommend it!

 

Can you give an example? It looks WYSIWYG from the web page...

 

I would encourage signing in and experimenting yourself! What I meant is that it has a ton of non standard markdown features, but it really is awesome! For example, embedded tables with tags and sorting.

 

I've become a fan of the in-browser editor hackmd.io which has a decent editor, live preview, auto-save/sync, collaboration, and a TON of extensions to markdown.

 

Are your notes available offline, though?

 
 

After using Joplin for several days, I have to say I am not impressed.

  1. One little thing that I found very annoying was its lack of 'save' and 'save as' common features. This is now a standard convention of software like it or not and for Joplin to NOT have this, well, got messy.
  2. It cannot act as a simple markdown editor, despite its Great set of icon buttons. Import and Export seem antiquated by today's point and click file editors.
  3. It added too much extraneous junk, files and folders all over the place.
  4. I guess I wanted a very simple editor...
 

From what I can tell, isn't StackEdit the closest to what you actually want?
I mean, sync-ing to Dropbox/Google Drive/Github/Gitlab/etc is basically the same as doing a login would be on any other platform, and it does have quite a few interesting integrations for exporting/publishing

 
 

Great read. I have been looking over markdown stuff over the last week or so. This is a timely read. Thanks!

 

Have you tried Joplin, if it hasn't already been mentioned?

 

Nobody's mentioned Joplin yet! But I've downloaded it on my Mac and it looks very promising! Thanks for suggesting it!

 
 

Android-only. But it might be a great option for someone else!

 

Dillinger saves and syncs notes automatically once you tie it into dropbox or something. I'm a fan of dillinger especially the nice pdf export for printing.

 
 
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