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Everything I know about Markdown Bullet Lists

pfreitag profile image Pete Freitag Originally published at petefreitag.com on ・1 min read

My goal here is to create a quick guide to creating bullet lists, also known as ul lists or unordered lists with Markdown.

TLDR use * or -

As long as you start the line with a * or a - markdown will interpret that as a list item. So the following markdown:

* One 
* Two

Will produce a bullet list like this:

  • One
  • Two

As already mentioned we can use a - to start an unordered list in Markdown as well:

- One
- Two

Will produce the same list as above.

What about nested bullet lists?

To create a nested UL list just indent the line with a tab or 3-4 spaces. For example the following markdown:

* One 
* Two 
    * Three 
        * Four

Will render as the following:

  • One
  • Two
    • Three
      • Four

Can you Mix * and -?

You certainly can, the following will render the same list nested bullet list as above:

- One 
- Two 
    * Three 
        * Four

What about Numbered Lists?

You can do numbered lists by prefixing each line with incrementing numbers followed by a period. For example:

1. One 
2. Two

Results in an ordered list (OL):

  1. One
  2. Two

That's pretty much all I know about markdown lists, did I miss anything?

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