A Great Markdown Editor

An open source markdown editor that is easy to use.

Published on December 24, 2016 by Mike Chilson

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In today’s open-source communities (and more in the corporate environments every day) markdown languages are becoming the mainstream for blogs, web content, presentation tools, and documentation. What is markdown? Basically it is a formatting language that is very simple allowing content creators to focus on the content, not the programming. Most modern blog platforms support markdown in some shape or form and most template engines use markdown also.

Markdown Editors

There are many choices when it comes to markdown editors. There are web based editors, platform specific and cross platform editors. Also, don’t forget about the various text editor plug-ins that allow you do do markdown in them.

Enter - Haroopad

After trying several editors and several plug-ins I stumbled across Haroopad. What makes Haroopad different from the other markdown editors? Well other than being lightweight and easy to learn it has several other very useful features. Haroopad offers GitHub markdown, which means it does Tasks - nice for a floating window with a list of things to be done for the day or for a project, and which allows for the satisfying ability to check them off as done. HarooPad also runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, which is a rarity. It is a minimalist markdown editor (which I greatly appreciate) with folding (the ability to hide or ““collapse”” text under a heading). It may not be quite as polished as some of the other markdown editors and it lacks spellcheck but I would guess this would be incorporated at some point in this great open source project.

If you want to give it a try you can check out their web site. You can also visit the GitHub repository to get a good feel of the latest features and what is in store down the road.

Haroopad is a great tool to add to your programming tool-belt and as a matter of fact this blog entry was written using Haroopad.