16 Best Markdown Editors for Linux

For starters, Markdown is a simple and lightweight tool written in Perl, that enables users to write plain text format and convert it to valid HTML (or XHTML). It is an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text language and a software tool for text-to-HTML conversion.

In this article, we shall review some of the best Markdown editors you can install and use on your Linux desktop. There are numerous Markdown editors you can find for Linux but here, we want to unveil possibly the best you may choose to work with.

Hoping that you have a slight understanding of what Markdown is, let us proceed to list the editors.

1. Pulsar

Pulsar is a community-led, hyper-hackable text editor that is built on Electron and forked from Atom, which is designed to be deeply customizable, but still approachable using the default configuration.

It offers a wide range of features, making it a great choice for software developers, web developers, and other programmers.

Pulsar - Hyper Hackable Text Editor
Pulsar – Hyper Hackable Text Editor

To install Pulsar on Linux, you need to download the Appimage, which is a universal binary package that runs on most Linux distributions.

$ chmod +x ARM.Linux.Pulsar-*.AppImage
$ ./ARM.Linux.Pulsar-*.AppImage --no-sandbox

2. GNU Emacs

Emacs is one of the most popular open-source text editors you can find on the Linux platform today. It is a great editor for the Markdown language, which is highly extensible and customizable.

It’s comprehensively developed with the following amazing features:

  • Comes with extensive built-in documentation including tutorials for beginners.
  • Full Unicode support for probably all human scripts.
  • Supports content-aware text-editing modes.
  • Includes syntax coloring for multiple file types.
  • It’s highly customizable using Emacs Lisp code or GUI.
  • Offers a packaging system for downloading and installing various extensions plus so much more.
Emacs Markdown Editor for Linux
Emacs Markdown Editor for Linux

To install Emacs on Linux, run:

$ sudo apt install emacs         [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install emacs         [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky/AlmaLinux]
$ sudo emerge -a sys-apps/emacs  [On Gentoo Linux]
$ sudo apk add emacs             [On Alpine Linux]
$ sudo pacman -S emacs           [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install emacs      [On OpenSUSE]    

3. Remarkable

Remarkable is possibly the best Markdown editor you can find on Linux, it also works on the Windows operating system. It is indeed a remarkable and fully featured Markdown editor that offers users some exciting features.

Some of its remarkable features include:

  • Supports live preview.
  • Supports exporting to PDF and HTML.
  • Also offers Github Markdown.
  • Supports custom CSS.
  • It also supports syntax highlighting.
  • Offers keyboard shortcuts.
  • Highly customizable plus and many more.
Remarkable Markdown Editor for Linux
Remarkable Markdown Editor for Linux

To install Remarkable in Linux, open your favorite browser go to the Remarkable download page choose the appropriate package for your system (DEB or RPM), and install it.

4. Haroopad

Haroopad is an extensively built, cross-platform Markdown document processor for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It enables users to write expert-level documents of numerous formats including email, reports, blogs, presentations, blog posts, and many more.

It is fully featured with the following notable features:

  • Easily imports content.
  • Also exports to numerous formats.
  • Broadly supports blogging and mailing.
  • Supports several mathematical expressions.
  • Supports Github flavored Markdown and extensions.
  • Offers users some exciting themes, skins, and UI components plus so much more.
Haroopad Markdown Editor for Linux
Haroopad Markdown Editor for Linux

To install Haroopad in Linux, open your favorite browser go to the Haroopad download page choose the appropriate package for your system (DEB or RPM), and install it.

5. ReText

ReText is a simple, lightweight, and powerful Markdown editor for Linux and several other POSIX-compatible operating systems.

It also doubles as a reStructuredText editor, and has the following attributes:

  • Simple and intuitive GUI.
  • It is highly customizable, users can customize file syntax and configuration options.
  • Also supports several color schemes.
  • Supports the use of multiple mathematical formulas.
  • Enables export extensions and many more.
ReText Markdown Editor for Linux
ReText Markdown Editor for Linux

To install ReText, make sure that you have Python PIP installed, and run:

$ pip3 install ReText

6. Apostrophe

Apostrophe is a simple and easy-to-use GTK+-based Markdown editor for Linux, it’s development was highly influenced by iA writer for Mac OS X.

It utilizes pandoc as its back-end for parsing Markdown and offers a clean and sleek user interface with the following remarkable features:

  • Uses pandoc to perform all text-to-HTML conversions.
  • Offers a clean UI.
  • Offers a distraction-free mode, highlighting a user’s last sentence.
  • Supports spellcheck.
  • Also supports full-screen mode.
  • Supports exporting to PDF, HTML, and RTF using pandoc.
  • Enables syntax highlighting and mathematical functions plus many more.
Apostrophe - Markdown Editor for Linux
Apostrophe – Markdown Editor for Linux

To install Apostrophe in Linux, you can use Flatpak as shown.

$ flatpak install flathub org.gnome.gitlab.somas.Apostrophe
$ flatpak run org.gnome.gitlab.somas.Apostrophe

7. Mark My Words

Mark My Words is a also lightweight yet powerful Markdown editor that is relatively new and, therefore offers a handful of features including syntax highlighting and a simple and intuitive GUI.

The following are some of the awesome features yet to be bundled into the application:

  • Live preview support.
  • Markdown parsing and file IO.
  • State management.
  • Support for exporting to PDF and HTML.
  • Monitoring files for changes.
  • Support for preferences.
MarkMyWords Markdown Editor for-Linux
MarkMyWords Markdown Editor for-Linux

To install Mark My Words on Ubuntu-based distributions, run:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:voldyman/markmywords
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mark-my-words

8. Vim-Instant-Markdown Plugin

Vim is a powerful, popular, and open-source text editor for Linux that has stood the test of time. It is great for coding purposes. It is also highly pluggable to enable users to add several other functionalities to it, including a Markdown preview.

There are multiple Vim Markdown preview plugins, but you can use Vim-Instant-Markdown which offers the best performance.

9. Brackets

Brackets is a modern, lightweight, open-source, and cross-platform text editor that was built specifically for web designing and development purposes.

Some of its notable features include support for inline editors, live preview, preprocessor support, and many more. It is also highly extensible through plugins and you can use the Bracket-MarkdownPreview plugin to write and preview Markdown documents.

Brackets Markdown Plugin Preview
Brackets Markdown Plugin Preview

To install Brackets in Linux, you can use Snap as shown.

$ sudo snap install brackets --classic

10. Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a refined, popular, and cross-platform text editor for code, markdown, and prose.

Sublime Text Editor
Sublime Text Editor

It has a high performance enabled by the following exciting features:

  • Simple and slick GUI
  • Supports multiple selections
  • Offers a distraction-free mode
  • Supports split editing
  • Highly pluggable through Python plugin API
  • Fully customizable and offers a command palette

The sublimeText-Markdown plugin is a package that supports syntax highlighting and comes with some good color schemes.

Markdown Plugin for Sublime Text
Markdown Plugin for Sublime Text

11. Gitbook

GitBook is a contemporary open-source online platform for documentation, digital writing, and publishing, with an editor that fully supports the markdown format.

GitBook Code Editor
GitBook Code Editor

12. ghostwriter

ghostwriter is a distraction-free text editor for Markdown that offers several features that make it ideal for writing, including live preview, focus mode, Hemingway mode, drag-and-drop image insertion, MathJax support, and export to multiple formats.

ghostwriter Text Editor
ghostwriter Text Editor

To install Ghostwriter on Linux, run:

$ sudo apt install ghostwriter         [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
$ sudo yum install ghostwriter         [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky/AlmaLinux]
$ sudo emerge -a sys-apps/ghostwriter  [On Gentoo Linux]
$ sudo apk add ghostwriter             [On Alpine Linux]
$ sudo pacman -S ghostwriter           [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install ghostwriter      [On OpenSUSE]    

13. KeenWrite

KeenWrite is an open-source, cross-platform desktop Markdown editor offering live previews, string interpolation, beautifully typeset PDFs, and mathematical notation support.

KeenWrite - Markdown Editor
KeenWrite – Markdown Editor

To install KeenWrite on Linux, run:

$ wget https://github.com/DaveJarvis/keenwrite/releases/latest/download/keenwrite.bin
$ chmod +x keenwrite.bin
$ ./keenwrite.bin

14. Typora (Not FOSS)

Typora is a free and open-source Markdown editor with a clean and distraction-free interface that offers several features, such as live preview, syntax highlighting, code folding, table of contents generation, math support, and export to PDF, HTML, and other formats.

Typora Markdown Editor
Typora Markdown Editor

To install Typora on Ubuntu-based distributions, run:

$ wget -qO - https://typora.io/linux/public-key.asc | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/typora.asc
$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://typora.io/linux ./'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install typora

15. Caret (Not FOSS)

Caret is a premium cross-platform Markdown editor that distinguishes itself with a streamlined interface, enhanced productivity tools, and meticulous attention to detail.

Caret Markdown Editor
Caret Markdown Editor

To install Caret in Linux, open your favorite browser go to the Caret download page choose the appropriate package for your system (DEB or RPM), and install it.

16. MarkText

MarkText is a popular free and open-source Markdown editor available for macOS, Windows, and Linux that offers all major features such as syntax highlighting, live preview, tables, code blocks, and math formulas.

It also includes several extensions, such as support for FlowChart, Sequence diagrams, and Gantt diagrams.

MarkText Markdown Editor
MarkText Markdown Editor

To install MarkText on Linux, you need to download the Appimage, which is a universal binary package that runs on most Linux distributions.

$ chmod +x marktext-%version%-x86_64.AppImage
$ ./marktext-%version%-x86_64.AppImage

Having walked through the list above, you probably know what Markdown editors and document processors to download and install on your Linux desktop for now.

Note that what we consider to be the best here may reasonably not be the best for you, therefore, you can reveal to us exciting Markdown editors that you think are missing from the list and have earned the right to be mentioned here by sharing your thoughts via the feedback section below.

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  1. Have a look at obsidian, which is a note-taking software application that operates on Markdown files.

    It will amaze you.

    • @Charles,

      Thank you for pointing that out! I’ve taken note and included “Marktext” in the list. It’s indeed a very interesting Markdown editor.

      Appreciate your suggestion!

  2. I have played with ReText, Remarkable and Haroopad. They are all fine, as long as your document remains simple. Once you try to do complex documents, they are not so good.

    For example, all of them choke, to a greater or lesser extent, in literal text (i.e. within two instances of triple back-quotes) embedded in itemized lists, in the sense that they interpret characters that they should not – e.g. the # character as the start of a section. None of them perform as well as the Github Markdown tools. I also tried with Atom – I couldn’t even get it to work.

  3. Actually, None of these are markdown editors, they are all more or less **pure text editors** with a **markdown preview**. Don’t get me wrong, Some of these are GREAT text editors, but they aren’t MD editors.

    An MD editor would look like a **VERY** light-weight version of something like MS Word. Maybe like WordPad, but only with buttons for bold, italic and underline, plus headings, blockquotes, links, tables, etc. ONLY what is available in the MD specification(s)…

    • Thank you. These are exactly my thoughts. I also would have liked to see which ones were based on Electron (and/or the language used). Imagine text-editing a simple file and having to wait an entire minute to load the “editor” and using 1gb RAM in the process.

  4. Caret, Typora, Abricotine

    I love all of them, they have beautifully designed user interfaces, are easy to use and have special features, but I use Caret most of the time, it is being developed and updated regularly and simply fits all my writing needs.

  5. Consider MindForger – it is more than just Markdown editor, it is Markdown IDE.

    With MindForger you can edit multiple documents, perform refactoring/cloning/extraction of sections, use document/section templates and more.

    * Single or dual pane interface
    * Extra Markdown features: diagrams, GitHub flavor, source code syntax highlighting
    * Markdown editor syntax highlighting
    * Code Syntax Highlighting
    * Math blocks Tex/LaTex support
    * Customizable themes

  6. why every editor’s screen shot has a different gtk/qt and icon theme? It won’t give the idea of the editor’s default look. For example remarkable has a numix icon theme I guess.

    • @ceribro

      We have taken note of your concern, we will use default software settings for any future reviews. Many thanks for the feedback.

  7. You should also include Visual Studio Code. It’s a lot like Atom and Brackets, but offers a more complete out of box experience.

  8. I know more then half of them and they are all basically crap. Only few of them produce correct markdown (like CommonMark) and have no huge bugs, but all of them are either in-line editor or side-by-side editor.

    If its an editor – it should not get into the way with any type of synthax. Markdown is really no different from HTML, its just easier to visually parse – thus all “editors” fail as they are really authoring tools, but not text editors. The side-by-side or in-line mode should be optional, and the main mode should be WYSIWYG which is absent.

    There is only ONE markdown editor that does it right – and its “Texts”. It is WYSIWYG – means its like LibreOffice, but its:
    a) not free, trial, 30 days limit
    b) not Linux (but runs in Wine)

    What it does is – a full richtext WYSIWYG that outputs and reads in native MD, without all the syntax bursting into the eyes.
    Will gladly pay $5-$9 to anyone who creates something like Texts.

    • @Ricardo

      Thanks for letting us know about the vim-markdown plugin, i actually had not come across it. We shall update the article to include all the markdown editors mentioned by readers.

    • @Neo,

      Actually, never heard about Brackets, but thanks for updating us about this tool, we will include in the list as suggested..

  9. Hey @Aaron Kili

    What a great article, I’ve liked Atom and Haroopad text editors. Lots of thanks for giving us new tools and advises to use it about.


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