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Markdown Block

With the Markdown block you can create formatted content using only regular characters and some punctuation marks. Markdown is used by writers and bloggers who want a quick and easy way to write formatted text, but without having to take their hands off the keyboard, and without learning a lot of complicated codes and shortcuts.

If you have Jetpack enabled but are not using the WordPress block editor, take a look at our Markdown support document for more information.  

Requirements

The Markdown block is enabled by default when you set up Jetpack.

Since it is a block only, it remains available even if you disable the Markdown feature in Jetpack → Settings → Writing → Composing.

Adding a Markdown block

You can add a Markdown Block to any post or page, by selecting it from the Jetpack section of the block picker:

jetpack-markdown-block

Learning Markdown

It’s easy to get started writing in Markdown! You can see the basics on this page. If you need a more detailed guide, there’s also a 10-minute tutorial.

Markdown Implementation

Our Markdown block uses the markdown-it parser, which supports the CommonMark spec plus some additional functionality, such as:

  • Automatically linking to URLs
  • Syntax highlighting in code blocks
  • Changing strings like (R) to symbols like ®

If you need full details of the syntax that our Markdown block supports, see the markdown-it demo page.

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