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10 Free Online Markdown Editors

Markdown is a syntax designed specifically for easier web writing. In this post, you’ll find the best free online Markdown editors.

1. StackEdit

StackEdit

StackEdit is a free online Markdown editor loaded with useful features. It has a visual tool bar for formatting (bold, emphasis, lists, etc.). It can sync with cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and import files from a URL or your computer’s hard drive. A nifty helper feature of this Markdown editor is it can convert HTML to Markdown.

2. Dillinger

Dillinger

Dillinger has a clean user interface that will help you compose Markdown text easier. This online Markdown editor links up with four web services: Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, and even GitHub. You can export your text to HTML, styled HTML, Markdown (.md), and PDF. It has a "distraction-free" mode which hides everything except your Markdown text so you can focus on writing.

3. Markable

Markable

Markable is a basic online Markdown editor. All it has (unless you create an account on their site to access more features) is the ability to preview your Markdown-formatted text and an option to download your work as either an HTML or Markdown (.md) file.

4. Online Markdown Editor

Online Markdown Editor

This barebones web-based Markdown editor gives you a live visual preview of your Markdown text as well as its HTML-markup equivalent.

5. Markdown Journal

Markdown Journal

Markdown Journal is a very simple online text editor that syncs with Dropbox. To be able to use it, you will have to give it access to its own Dropbox folder.

6. Dingus

Dingus

Dingus is a relatively old and extremely simple Markdown online editor. What makes this tool special is it’s by Daring Fireball (John Gruber), the creator of Markdown. Don’t quote me on this because I’m not sure, but this might very well be the first online Markdown editor.

7. Markdown-Editor

Markdown-Editor

Markdown-Editor is a minimalist Markdown editor that can also handle the GitHub Flavored Markdown (GFM) variant. It syncs with Google Drive.

8. (GitHub-Flavored) Markdown Editor

(GitHub-Flavored) Markdown Editor

This is another option if you want to compose GitHub Flavored Markdown. It doesn’t have cloud storage syncing capabilities, but it has a visual preview pane so you can see the results of your Markdown formatting.

9. Writebox

Writebox

Writebox is a distraction-free text editor that supports Markdown. When you start writing, it hides everything except your text. This online text editor can sync with Dropbox and Google Drive, has a few keyboard shortcuts, and allows you to download your text in HTML or .txt format.

10. wri.pe

wri.pe

wri.pe is a simple web-based notepad that supports Markdown. You can back up your notes in Dropbox or Evernote.

Conclusion

There are a lot of free online Markdown editors out there. However, two of them truly stood out to me: StackEdit and Dillinger. Both of these online Markdown editors have the features needed for practical writing, and that’s why they get my vote.

If you work on a lot of GitHub projects, Markdown-Editor and (GitHub-Flavored) Markdown Editor can make writing your docs and README.md a bit easier.

Markdown Learning Resources

Markdown is an excellent syntax for Web writers. It’s simple, intuitive, not cumbersome like HTML, and designed specifically for composing text that will eventually find its way on the Web.

Check out these resources if you would like to learn Markdown:

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About the Author

Jacob Gube is the founder of Six Revisions. He’s also a front-end web developer. Follow him on Twitter @sixrevisions.

This was published on Nov 26, 2014

9 Comments

Liew Cheon Fong Nov 27 2014

Have you try draftin.com? It’s my choice of online mark down editor.

Alex Periera Dec 10 2014

Hi Jacob,

Do you welcome ignorant people like me into your blog space? I never heard about Markdown format before, got to know about it here in your blog only. I googled it, looked at Wikipedia, but could not understand what gap does it fill? We already have so many text editors and text from there can be converted to other formats through automation or manual efforts, so why markdown?

Jacob Gube Dec 11 2014

@Alex Periera: Good question because I often wondered that myself before I started using it. But when I used it for writing web articles and docs, I quickly realized its value.

Markdown is great for authoring and formatting web content. Try it out and you might see that writing in Markdown is more fluid/less disruptive to the writing experience and more intuitive when it comes to text-formatting compared to using a word processor (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.) or HTML.

Imagine if you wanted to create a bullet-point list in your article.

In Markdown, you only have to write:


- List one
- List two
- List three

In a word processor, you would have to highlight your list with your mouse and click on its bulleted list button to format it, which temporarily stops the flow of your writing.

If you were authoring content in HTML, you would have to write a lot of markup, which, again, disrupts or slows down your writing flow and also makes it hard to read unless you switch over to a preview of your HTML (this also disrupts your writing flow):

<ul>
  <li>List one</li>
  <li>List two</li>
  <li>List three
  </li>
</ul>

Markdown was devised to make writing and formatting content for the Web easier, that is the gap it fills.

Alex Periera Dec 12 2014

Hey Jacob! thanks for explaining with such a clear example. This makes perfect sense, I am definitely going to try it out. There are so many useful tools around and we never know about them, happy in our own little well. thanks again!

Humayun Hashmi Dec 16 2014

Thanks for sharing such a cool collection, before that i was using Dingus and it sometime stuck or slow down my browsing, but the Stackedit is much better than that.

Markable is my favourite online markdown editor, mainly because it can export to Evernote.
Special mention to Draft (https://draftin.com/) which can sync with Evernote.

Jeff McNeill Dec 21 2014

You’ve got the two best: Stackedit and Writebox. Stackedit for features/support and Writebox for the plethora of platforms (web, chrome, ios, android).

Don Birdsall Jan 11 2015

I do not see an option in StackEdit to download the markdown file to your local desktop computer. If you are publishing to a self hosted web site where posts are made with Markdown (Ghost for example) having a document is not of value.

I would put Dillinger in first place followed by Jon Combe.

To use the Jon Combe editor go to http://joncom.be/experiments/markdown-editor/edit/

I love it to author documents using Markdown and DBook: http://www.dbook.org/

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