.MARKDOWN File Extension

John Gruber
File Type:
Markdown Documentation File

Having trouble opening .markdown extension? Don't panic! This page explains what markdown files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open markdown files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a MARKDOWN file?

Markdown file extension has Markdown Documentation file type, developed by John Gruber, which is associated with the "developer files" category.

Generated with one of the dialects of the Markdown language, the file comes in a plain text format. It saves inline text symbols specifying the text formatting. The file allows converting documents written in plain text into HTML.

MARKDOWN files can also come with other extensions, including .MD, .MDOWN, and .MARKDN.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

markdown file icon
John Gruber
File Type:
Markdown Documentation File
Developer Files

How to open MARKDOWN file?

Double click the markdown file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .markdown extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the markdown extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the markdown file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open MARKDOWN files

  • Windows Windows
    • Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad
    • Notepad++ Notepad++
    • gVim gVim
    • Other text editor Other text editor
    • Daring Fireball Markdown Daring Fireball Markdown
  • MacOS MacOS
    • MacroMates TextMate MacroMates TextMate
    • Apple TextEdit Apple TextEdit
    • Bare Bones TextWrangler Bare Bones TextWrangler
    • Other text editor Other text editor
    • Daring Fireball Markdown Daring Fireball Markdown
  • Linux Linux
    • Vim Vim
    • GNU Emacs GNU Emacs
    • Other text editor Other text editor
    • Daring Fireball Markdown Daring Fireball Markdown
  • Web Web
    • GitHub GitHub

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the markdown file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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