Markdown is a plain-text formatting syntax aiming to make writing easier. It was written originally by John Gruber for non-programmers as it's very easy-to-use and master in a few mins.
Nowadays, Markdown is used all over the internet, and you most likely encountered it without realising that, as markdown text is converted to HTML.
As example we are using Ghost blogging platform (Self-hosted), which uses markdown in it's amazingly simple yet a powerful editor.
Markdown can be written in any text editor, however, markdown editors come with markdown-supported features as creating tables, view, exporting, and extended plugins that extend the basic markdown with rich usable features.
I am an extensive open-source program users, so soon as I got my MacBook I looked for open-source alternatives for basically everything, and markdown editors was no exception. So here comes this list.
Mark Text is a powerful markdown editor that comes with long list of useful features. It's the perfect open-source markdown editor alternative for developers and writers.
Abricotine is a comprehensive feature-rich markdown editor. It's created by Thomas Brouard back in 2015. I would recommend this editor for writers.
Laverna is markdown editor for writers and developers, more or less for technical writers and developers who like to write tutorials.
It's available for desktops and for the web as self-hosted version.
Moeditor is a minimal markdown editor. Though, it's not feature-rich like others in this list, but it's a powerful alternative for developers.
Left is a minimal markdown editor, created by a developer that sailing the world in a boat. It's simple and easy-to-use. it's quick, responsive and useful when writing quick markdown notes.
Typora is a free markdown editor for macOS, Windows and Linux. I have used it on macOS several times. It's not an open-source program, but it's free during the beta.
We have listed here our top recommendations markdown editors for macOS, hoping it'll be useful for macOS users among our readers. If you have any open-source or free alternative please send it to us and we will add it gladly.
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