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WebStorm makes it possible to work with the Markdown files. WebStorm recognizes syntax and provides initial support.

The Markdown files are marked with markdown 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

  1. 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.
    • Press Alt+Insert
  2. Choose File.
  3. In the New File dialog box, specify the new file name and extension .md.

The new file <name>.md, marked with markdown icon, is created and opens for editing.

Markdown editor

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.

Editor pane
boldToggle bold modeInserts two asterisks before and after the selected text to render bold font.
italicToggle italic modeInserts underscores before and after the selected text to render italic font.
codeToggle monospaced (code span) modeInserts single apostrophes before and after the selected text to render monospaced font.
Preview pane
markdown_show_editorShow editor onlyShows editor only with Markdown syntax.
markdown_show_editor_and_previewShow editor and previewShows editor with Markdown syntax and the corresponding preview. The results of editing are immediately reflected in the preview pane.
markdown_show_previewShow preview onlyShows preview that renders the Markdown syntax. Editing is not possible, and the buttons bold, italic and code are disabled.

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Last modified: 15 November 2016