This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



This plug-in allows you to write posts (of any post type) using the Markdown syntax. The plug-in converts the Markdown into HTML prior to saving the post. When editing a post, the plug-in converts
it back into Markdown syntax.

The plug-in also allows you to enable Markdown in comments and BBPress forums. In these instances the plug-in adds a toolbar, and preview of the processed Markdown with Prettify syntax highlighter applied (similiar to that used in the Stack Exchange websites such as WordPress Stack Exchange).

WP-Markdown stores the processed HTML, so deactivating the plug-in will not affect your posts, comments or bbPress forums.


  • The Markdown toolbar and previewer on a bbPress forum
  • Plug-in settings, located at the bottom of the Writing settings page
  • The Markdown toolbar and previewer on a comment form
  • Example of Markdown syntax
  • The output of the example Markdown


Installation is standard and straight forward.

  1. Upload markdown folder (and all it’s contents!) to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to your Settings > Writing page and enable markdown for the appropriate post types and comments.


How do I use Markdown syntax?

For information on how to use Markdown sytnax pleae read: Markdown: syntax.

What happens to the post content if I uninstall the plug-in?

The plug-in uses Markdown to generate the appropriate HTML prior to the post saving to the database. When you edit a post, it is converted back to Markdown syntax.
Once the plug-in is uninstalled you’ll simply rever to editing the posts’ HTML.

How do I embed content?

A clean install of WordPress allows you to (for example) include a YouTube url on a seperate line, whereupon it will automatically embed the video. This is not possible with WP-MarkDown installed (I tried – I broke more things. But if you manage it, feel free to make a pull-request:

You’ll need to use the [embed] shortcode.

How do I prevent a bit of the page being parsed as MarkDown?

Enclose it in a div tag. It’ll be ignored.

How do I allow the contents of a `div` tag to be parsed as MarkDown?

Use <div markdown="1">.



Just what I need for my not-so-technical members! Thank you!

Waiting for 1.6

Version 1.5.1 of the plugin works almost perfectly.

I’m just waiting for the upcoming 1.6 update (which is in alpha on GitHub) to be pushed, so I can use GitHub Flavor-style codeblocks specifying the exact language.

elegant and lightweight solution for using markdown

I like the simplified editor controls so you don’t need to know Markdown to use it – the basics are in there
Ideal for less technical people that can get into a muddle with HTML.

Entering table markup works OK in the article but doesn’t render as a table in the preview window.

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Contributors & Developers

“WP-Markdown” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Addresses issues with (since withdrawn) 1.5 version


  • Handle tables. See#35
  • Apply responsive layout issue. See#31
  • Use compressed prettify.js
  • Fixed bug with lists not being escaped
  • Fix textdomain. Change to ‘wp-markdown’. Add pot.
  • Fixes incompatability issues with bbPress.


  • Fixes issue with consecutive shortcodes.
  • Fixes editing bbPress topics/replies on the front end corrupts MarkDown. See #25


  • Apply kses and balance tags after MD->HTML conversion. See#23
  • Compress scripts and minify icon sprite. See #7
  • Adds ‘more’ tag to MarkDown editor.
  • Adds support for iframes. See #22.
  • Fixes bug with underscores in shortcodes.
  • Adds support for tbody, tfoot and thead tags
  • Refactoring including renaming of plug-in style & script handles.


  • Fixes problems with images nested inside links. See #12
  • Ensure prettify is loaded, if needed, on home page. See #6
  • Updated Markdownify
  • Updated Prettify


  • Removes the wpautop/unwpautop functions. If using oembed, use embed shortcodes.
  • Adds public wrapper functions.
  • Remove bbPress front-end tinymce editor if using MarkDown


  • Fixes bug introduced in 1.1.4 where line breaks are stripped (affects code blocks).


  • Fixes bug where oembed would not work. Thanks ot Michael & Vinicius
  • Adds a filters for MarkDown ‘help’ text: wpmarkdown_help_text
  • Support for MarkDown extra (currently not supported in pagedown previewer)


  • Stable with WordPress 3.4
  • Fixed bug relating title attributes for links and images


  • Fixed bug relating to comments by logged out users


  • Fixed backslash bug


  • Added option to replace TinyMCE with Markdown help bar on post editor


  • Initial release