Markdown is automatically rendered to html GitHub but can easily be parsed into a variety of other formats including PDF and LaTex. To convert seamlessly to these formats, you’ll need a document converter. Pandoc is one such open source tool that is available on all platforms. You’ll need to install a local copy to be able to run all the examples in this repo.


Pandoc is a universal document converter. It works from the command line and you can quickly convert a document between any two formats. These include nearly all formats commonly used for scientific writing such as Word, Markdown, Latex, HTML and RTF.

Download and install pandoc

Standalone applications


Texts is rich editor for Markdown, with multiple export options (e.g. PDF, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, HTML, ePub).


ByWord is a simple text editor for OS X and iOS.


Mou is a simple, free, and powerful Markdown editor/previewer for OS X.


MarkdownPad is a Markdown editor for Windows. Both a Free and a Pro version exist; the latter adds support for (amongst other things) GitHub Flavored Markdown and Markdown Extra (including Tables).

MultiMarkdown Composer

MultiMarkdown Composer is a text editor for Mac that is designed from the ground up around the MultiMarkdown Syntax. It is designed to make writing in MultiMarkdown (or Markdown) even easier than it already is, with automatic syntax highlighting, built in previews, easy export to any format that is supported by MultiMarkdown, and more!” [].


ReText is an open-source, platform-independent editor for both Markdown and reStructuredText.


Qute, is an open source, platform-independent editor for Markdown with MathJax-integrated live-preview.


Erato is a markdown editor for Mac users, supporting Github-flavored Markdown, including YAML front matter and task lists.

Web-based applications


Draft is a web-based markdown editor with cloud sync, image hosting and analytics.


Markable is another web-based markdown editor with export and integration options.

Prose is a web-based markdown editor for Github Pages.



Marked is a markdown previewer for OS X.

Next: Citations

Citations breakout group at Markdown for Science workshop Citations should be specified as citation keys (e.g. (???). Pandoc and Multimarkdown both support human-readable formatting for this, but use different formatting.

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