File Extension Library

.MARKDOWN File Extension

  • Developer by: John Gruber
  • Category: Developer Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .MARKDOWN files and how to open them?

Can't open .MARKDOWN file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .MARKDOWN file.

What is a .MARKDOWN file extension?

.MARKDOWN file extension is created by John Gruber. .MARKDOWN has been classified as Developer Files. The format of .MARKDOWN file is Binary.

.MARKDOWN is Markdown Documentation File

A MARKDOWN file is a text file created using one of several possible dialects of the Markdown language. It uses plain text formatting but contains inline text symbols that specify how to format the text (e.g., *bold* for bold text, or other markups for italics, indentation, headers, etc.). MARKDOWN files are designed for writing documentation in plain text that can be easily converted to HTML.

MARKDOWN file open in Microsoft Notepad

In addition to HTML documentation systems, Markdown files are also useful with source code version control systems. This is because the text files can easily be reviewed in plain text against historical revisions. Projects created with GitHub, a popular online version control system, often use a file named README.markdown, which contains the readme for the source code.

A Perl program named "Markdown" is available for converting Markdown to HTML. It can be downloaded at the Daring Fireball website, which is maintained by John Gruber, the developer of Markdown.

NOTE: Markdown files may also use the .MD, .MARKDN, and .MDOWN extensions. However, the ".markdown" and ".md" extensions are the most popular.

List of all softwares that can open the Markdown Documentation File
Microsoft Notepad
Daring Fireball Markdown
MacroMates TextMate
Apple TextEdit
Bare Bones TextWrangler
Daring Fireball Markdown
GNU Emacs
Daring Fireball Markdown

How to fix problems with .MARKDOWN files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .MARKDOWN files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .MARKDOWN file format
  2. You need to check the .MARKDOWN file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)