Is there a way to associate a file type (*.md from Github) in a such a way that its contents are 'visible' with OS X's quick look?

I've associated the extension (*.md) with TextMate, but this doesn't have the desired effect.

Other text files (e.g. *.rb) work with quick look as expected.

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You can install QLMarkdown plugin for Finder:


QLMarkdown is a simple QuickLook generator for Markdown files. It renders a preview of the selected Markdown file using Discount


First (like you probably already tried):

  • Find, an *.md file in finder
  • press apple+I to get info
  • change the "open with" to textmate
  • press Change All.

If that is not enough, maybe this helps:

How to Associate TextMate With CoffeeScript Files

you would have to do it accordingly to the .coffee files

  • The file-association worked, as did the icon assignment. Unfortunately, quick look still doesn't 'see' its contents.
    – craig
    Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 18:30

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