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What's your favorite Markdown editor?

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So I've been writing Markdown for years but never thought of using an official editor. I do use the ones that come from the Jetbrains suite (PHPStorm, WebStorm, Intellij, ...) but the plugin and default markdownn editors seem a little buggy in UI mode, so I keep them in text view.

My co-worker uses an official editor called LightPaper. I decided to look for my own today. I found a free one for mac called MacDown and so far I love it. It's simple and works.

I do miss my VI/M shortcuts (wanna learn vim? checkout Marc's post on it, there are 9 parts!, they are amazing!) in it but I guess I can live without them for the benefit of seeing both my raw markdown along with the UI version.

So list your editor, or if you just stick to raw. Thoughts on the topic? Editors, plugins, or anything else that is cool for Markdown.

I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

--DeChamp

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Antonio Savage

Aside from HackMD which was mentioned, another good one is StackEdit. Syncs right up to your Google Drive if you want it to and all your docs can be stored there, in the magical cloud! Straightforward and free, oh and the best part for you, you can customize the keyboard shortcuts so VIM it up~!

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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Christian Klauss

After comparing a good amount of markdown editors (requirement: multi-platform) I went with Typora. It's a pretty powerful "What You See Is What You Mean"-editor that offers versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

typora.io/

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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Chris Flowers

I use Boostnote boostnote.io

It's got that vim mode DeChamp loves ๐Ÿ˜

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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DeChamp

Awww shit! Thanks broski!! Hope youโ€™ve been well.

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Chris Flowers

You keep showing up in my Google feed man, I'm becoming an involuntary stalker ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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DeChamp

Ha ha where did I show up this time?

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Simon Weis
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lesha ๐ŸŸจโฌ›๏ธ

This is a correct answer.

All those web-based editors are bloat imo

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Simon Weis

Yes may be, but anyone can choose what they think is best. :)

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Ben Sinclair

This works with regular Vim as well.

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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Michael

I don't use any Markdown editors, but this topic made me curious. I normally used Pandoc to convert my markdown documents, but since I use EMACS, I found Markdown Mode

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DeChamp • Edited

I love that you are staying in the terminal, well played! Thank you, added to list in post.

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Andrew Houghton

I use VS Code with the Markdown Preview Enhanced (MPE) plug-in. Solid Markdown editor for Windows. I use it to generate docs from my code for VBA and JavaScript. Been using Notable recently and it looks nice too. Have used StackEdit, but sync with my Google drive just wasn't reliable.

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DeChamp

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patchmonkey

Joplin! As someone who uses Evernote for almost everything and is really annoyed by the lack of MD support, I've been using Joplin for technical learning and code snippets.

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DeChamp

I tried evernote, but that fact that they didn't even have find/replace drove me nuts!

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DeChamp

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Richard Guay

My favorite ones, in order, are: MWeb, The Archive, and Quiver. I typically start in The Archive, and print/spell check/grammar check from Mweb. Quiver I use for code snippets using my Alfred workflow to paste them.

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Casey Brooks

I will second Quiver, I've been using it for years. One of my favorite features is that you can switch between WYSIWYG and Markdown modes, and how you can include multiple "blocks" within a single document.

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DeChamp

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Kevin Lamping

I've used IA Writer for my personal blog and like it for standard writing, but it doesn't support coding tutorial formats very well (e.g. code snippets are hard to get formatted right).

Recently I installed a markdown plugin for Sublime Text and like how it works. I use ST as my coding editor, so it integrates well with all the keybindings I already know. It's missing some features, but overall seems to be worth the switch.

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DeChamp

Nice, I'll look at that one. I love sublime but for coding I stick to the jetbrain products, I've tried to move away from them just for the sake of giving it a try, I just can't. They are to much of an amazing product to give up.

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Liyas Thomas

I created an open source online markdown viewer and editor called Marcdown.
It's lightweight, fast and clean. I wrote about it on dev.to and got immense support from my fellow devs ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ

GitHub link

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Esperanza Cutillas Rastoll

it's awesome!

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DeChamp

very cool!

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Caleb Winston • Edited

Typora is what I use for all my project READMEs and random MD stuff. The UI looks great and it's actually native.

I like it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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Peter Witham

I have played with more than a few, full disclosure they are mostly Mac based. The one I always return to us Ulysses for Mac and iOS.

I find the simplicity of navigation and clean UI a great way for me to work with quick notes through to full articles and documentation.

My second choice is SublimeText 3 just because it always seems super fast at everything :)

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DeChamp

Thank you, added to list in post.

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Venkatesh KL

I am not someone who writes amazing markdowns nor lot of READMEs. So,I just like vscode with the inbuild preview feature, seeing the live output on my right

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labibllaca

I would recommend you HackMD. It's pretty up to date, small and everything one like myselfe needs. So give it a try.

Cheers, Labi

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DeChamp

Awesome. It looks like there is community built around it as well? Do you take advantage of that?

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DeChamp

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aligear

I use the Bear app on iOS and it has a lot of features, like linking between notes and a powerful tag system.

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DeChamp

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