WebStorm makes it possible to work with the
Markdown files. WebStorm recognizes syntax and
provides initial support.
The Markdown files are marked with icon.
Before you start working with Markdown, make sure that the Markdown Support plugin is enabled.
The plugin is bundled with WebStorm and is activated by default. If it is not, enable the plugin as described in
Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
Markdown Support plugin is bundled with WebStorm since version 2016.3.
Creating a Markdown file
To create a Markdown file, follow these steps
Do one of the following:
Choose File | New on the main menu.
Right-click the target directory where the new file should be created, and choose
New on the context menu.
In the New File dialog box, specify the new file name and extension
The new file <name>.md, marked with icon, is created and opens for
The editor of a .md file by default shows the following:
Click one of the links to get rid of the banner. It's recommended to choose the link
Change preview browser to JavaFX.
The editor is divided into two panes:
the editor itself and the preview. Each of the panes can be hidden.
Toggle bold mode
Inserts two asterisks before and after the selected text to render bold font.
Toggle italic mode
Inserts underscores before and after the selected text to render italic font.
Toggle monospaced (code span) mode
Inserts single apostrophes before and after the selected text to render monospaced font.
Show editor only
Shows editor only with Markdown syntax.
Show editor and preview
Shows editor with Markdown syntax and the corresponding preview. The results of editing are
immediately reflected in the preview pane.
Show preview only
Shows preview that renders the Markdown syntax. Editing is not possible, and the buttons , and are disabled.