A markdown editor facilitates the process of writing in markdown. So, let’s explore some options for the top 5 Markdown editors for Visual Studio Code.
In this article we will look at the top 5 Markdown extensions for Visual Studio Code. We will also learn about how to use them to write in markdown in a productive and professional way with great features.
Let’s start with a brief introduction of what is Markdown and why you should use it.
Markdown is a great way to write, well, Markdown. It’s convenient, clean, and easy to read. You may be familiar with Markdown already but if not, I would recommend checking out [Daring Fireball](https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) for more information on the syntax.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of the best markdown extensions for Visual Studio Code (also known as VS Code). We’re going to be using all of these quite a bit throughout this article so you can get a better idea of what they look like and how they work. If you want to see all of these in action, you can download my personal workspace from [GitHub](https://github.com/bretth18/dotfiles)
We’re going to be walking through the top 5 markdown extensions for Visual Studio Code so you can choose the one that works best for your workflow!
Markdown All in One
The most downloaded extension for writing Markdown in Visual Studio Code. With this extension you can:
1. Format your code with a single keystroke (Ctrl + Shift + P > Format Document or Ctrl + K > Ctrl + F)
2. Print your code as a markdown document.
3. Insert links, images and tables easily by using the syntax: [displayText](Link), ![altText](imageLink), | Column 1 | Column 2 | and many more features
Markdown is a simple markup language that allows one to write documents using a text editor and transform those. Markdown files are saved with the .md or .markdown file extensions.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code offers built-in support for editing style Sheets in CSS. However, it seems there is no built-in support for Markdown. There are many Markdown editors like iA Writer, Dillinger or Markable for online editing, however, for advanced usage none of the mentioned editors can beat Visual Studio Code. Fortunately, there are extensions available that add missing functionalities.
I’ve compiled a list of best extensions for working with Markdown in Visual Studio Code.
This Markdown extension allows you to write in Markdown, and then preview the document in a separate pane. You can install it using the extension manager for Visual Studio.
It also supports Github flavored markdown: