Markdown editors are online or downloadable tools that help writers and developers convert text to HTML when they’re writing content for the web. If you’re not familiar with Markdown, it is a type of syntax that is designed specifically for easier web writing. In this post, you’ll find the best free online Markdown editors to help you with your web content.
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.
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.
Typora is a downloadable Markdown editor for MacOS X, Windows, and Linux systems. You can choose from a variety of themes to make your Typora editor personalized to you.
Mou is a Markdown editor for MacOS X users. This editor offers live previews, custom themes, and more.
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.
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.
Ghostwriter is a downloadable Markdown editor for Windows and Linux systems. This tool boasts drag-and-drop functionality and a number of other cool features.
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.
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.
wri.pe is a simple web-based notepad that supports Markdown. You can back up your notes in Dropbox or Evernote.
Have you decided on a Markdown editor, yet?
Take some time to test out your options if you aren’t sure which editor is for you. 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, (GitHub-Flavored) Markdown Editor can make writing your docs and README.md a bit easier.