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Is there an application to preview markdown files (.md files) on OSX (for instance on Maverick)?

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The superuser question, Markdown Live Preview Editor?, provides a wealth of options:

In additional to those, you can install a markdown QuickLook plugin for Finder based previews.

MarkdownLive

MarkdownLive

Mou

Mou

Marked 2

Marked2

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  • The QuickLook plug-in does not work with Mavericks. – Colas Feb 24 '14 at 12:56
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    Regarding the QuickLook plug-in, please consider adding your voice to github.com/toland/qlmarkdown/issues/29; or, as the project is open source, having a go at fixing up the code. – Graham Miln Feb 24 '14 at 15:54
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    Fyi, yhe QuickLook plugin does work with El Capitan 10.11.6 – duthen Dec 7 '16 at 23:02
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    For me, based on running through your ist, MacDown was the simplest to install and use quickly. Thanks for showing the options! – Sean Aug 26 '18 at 23:58
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    Seems that Apple is working against the folks that made the markdown QuickLook plugin for Finder... each time Apple's objections are satisfied, they come up with new objections. – Seamus Apr 1 at 23:44
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I would like to add the excellent - and open source - MacDown to the list.

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The perfect preview tool for Markdown is Marked 2 which gives a preview of your Markdown and watches the file so that every time you save in an editor your preview is updated.

It also supports custom pre-processors so you can use extra markup such as critic, custom CSS so you can have a preview that looks however you wish and tools to export the result in a variety of formats. It can even track an entire folder and start previewing a different file when you start to edit it.

Taken together all that means that you can write your Markdown in any editor you like and preview and output easily.

You might want to think about installing qlmarkdown which gives you the ability to preview MarkDown files properly in the Finder using QuickLook.

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Visual Studio Code

VSCode Markdown Example Source: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/languages/markdown#_markdown-preview

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code has been surprisingly pleasant to use as a general purpose IDE, and elegantly renders markdown.

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If you would like markdown to be read with Quick Look, you can use QLMarkdown.

You can install it either by:

  • Download the QLMarkdown.qlgenerator in either ~/Library/QuickLook (current user) or /Library/QuickLook (all users).
  • Using Homebrew, run brew cask install qlmarkdown in the Terminal

After that, you should be able to view markdown files.

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    Why the downvote? A mod suggested I post this here after posting it on a duplicate question. I had thought it would be welcome here. – Thunderforge Sep 3 '17 at 5:23
  • If I had to guess, It's probably because the accepted answer already linked and mentioned the QuickLook generator for Markdown files and there is no need to have redundant answers. – user3439894 Sep 3 '17 at 5:33
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There is also Markoff (App Store, GitHub), a pure viewer for CommonMark files:

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If you are using sublimetext, then you can use MARKDOWN PREVIEW package from package manager.

It has multiple styles like GITHUB, HTML and etc.

https://www.sublimetext.com

https://facelessuser.github.io/MarkdownPreview/

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  • Inside Sublime you will need to go to Tools and install the Command Palette. To preview a Markdown file go to Tools --> Command Palette... --> Markdown Preview: Preview in Browser and choose markdown. – mabalenk Dec 17 '19 at 11:21
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If you'd rather not install a new application, there are browser extensions for this. I use Markdown Viewer for Google Chrome, which allows Chrome to open markdown files and displays them like GitHub would. Then just set your browser as the default application to open .md files (or use open with if you'd rather have an editor be the default program).

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    @Jackson1442 this actually is an answer providing a solution to the question asked. It could be improved by explaining in more detail how this plugin can be used to render locally-stored Markdown files. – nohillside Jul 19 '17 at 16:14
  • @patrix - oops! I misread this answer. Really badly! My apologies, Barry! – Jackson1442 Jul 19 '17 at 16:16
  • I think this is a very reasonable approach, but I don't necessarily agree with making a browser the default program for viewing .md files. I write in Markdown, and having a browser as the default app would be a nuisance. But it wouldn't be as big a nuisance as installing XCode - it makes itself the default handler for .md files,... and when you allow it to try, it wants to download more stuff! Sheesh! At 5GB, you think they could find room for a markdown app! – Seamus Apr 1 at 22:57
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If you're using the Terminal, I made a thing in Node.

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A lot of ideas here, but most of them are old, some even out-of-date. I came here looking for a previewer - not an editor (as the question says). However, it seems most of the answers are editors. So I'll add this answer for the editor I use. It's still actively under development, open-source, fairly easy-to-use and flexible: Typora.

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