MultiMarkdown tips & tricks

MMD is an extension of a well known markup language extending Markdown.



*italic*   **bold** ***bold italic***



Inline Links

An [example](

Reference Links

An [example][id] or [id]

  [id]: "Some Link" class=external style="border: solid black 1px;"

Cross Reference

### Overview [Introduction] ##

use it:


Inline Images (titles are optional)

![alt text](/path/img.jpg "Title")

Reference-style Images

![alt text][id]

[id]: /url/to/img.jpg "Title" width=40px height=400px


# Header 1

## Header 2

###### Header 6

Ordered List

1.  Foo
2.  Bar

Unordered List

*   A list item.

Nested List

*   Abacus
    * answer
*   Bubbles
    1.  bunk
    2.  bupkis
        * BELITTLER
    3. burper
*   Cunning


> Email-style angle brackets
> are used for blockquotes.

> > And, they can be nested.

> #### Headers in blockquotes
> * You can quote a list.
> * Etc.

Code Spans

`<code>` spans are delimited by backticks.

Code Blocks

Indent every line of a code block by at least 4 spaces or 1 tab.

This is a normal paragraph.

    This is a preformatted
    code block.

Code Fencing

Use ``` to wrap code section and you won’t need to indent (4x) manually to trigger a code block.

Horizontal Rules


Manual Line Breaks

End a line with two or more spaces:

Roses are red,   
Violets are blue.


[Table Caption]
|            |        Grouping           ||
| Left align | Right align | Center align |
| This       |        This |     This     |
| column     |      column |    column    |
| will       |        will |     will     |
| be         |          be |      be      |
| left       |       right |    center    |
| aligned    |     aligned |   aligned    |
  • You can use normal Markdown markup within the table cells.
  • The alignment of each column is determined by the placement of the colons in the separator line.
  • Normalize a table with Control-Option-Command-T see TextMate Tables bundle.
  • Create a MultiMarkdown table from tab-separated values with Control-Option-Command-Tab

Footnotes, Citations


This is a statement that should be attributed to its source [p. 23][#Doe:2006].

And following is the description of the reference to be used in the bibliography.

[^1]: This is a footnote
[#Doe:2006]: John Doe. *Some Big Fancy Book*.  Vanity Press, 2006.    

Definition Lists

:   Pomaceous fruit of plants of the genus Malus in 
    the family Rosaceae.
:   An american computer company.

:   The fruit of an evergreen tree of the genus Citrus.

Auto-create an Evernote from selected MultiMarkdown

from blogpost @

  1. install MultiMarkdow
  2. put the following script in ~/Library/Services
  3. using Keyboad > Shortcut, associate it to crtl+opt+cmd E
  4. select some MultiMarkdown to press shortcut to create an Evernote from it, Metadata below needs to start at first line.
    1. Title: Cheatsheet
    2. Notebook: in
    3. Keywords: tag1, tag2

Watch a folder to auto-import notes to Evernote

  1. create a new folder that you want to be “watched”
  2. copy the following script to clipboard
on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving these_items
  repeat with anItem from 1 to number of items in these_items
        set this_item to item anItem of these_items
        set the item_info to info for this_item
        set the item_path to this_item as text

        tell application "Evernote"
                  create note from file item_path notebook "Auto Import"
             on error error_message number error_number

                  if the error_number is equal to 4 then
                       -- The file being imported is not supported
                       set userCanceled to false
                            display dialog "Your Evernote account does not support the import of this type of file.  Why not consider upgrading?" buttons {"Cancel", "Go Premium"} default button "Cancel" cancel button "Cancel" with icon caution
                       on error number -128
                            set userCanceled to true
                       end try

                      -- If the user wishes they can be taken to the Evernote premium upgrade page
                       if userCanceled is false then
                             tell application "Safari"
                                 open location ""
                            end tell
                       end if
                       display alert "Import into Evernote failed" message "Error(" & error_number & "): " & error_message as warning
                  end if
             end try
        end tell
   end repeat
  end adding folder items to
  beep 1
  1. launch Applescript Editor and paste it there
  2. Compile the script
  3. save it and move it to /Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts
  4. right click the folder, Enable Folder Actions and select your script

OSX <-> Marked integration

from blogpost @ Marked Bonus Pack (scripts, commands and bundles)

  1. Let’s create a Marked Service to easily preview selected MultiMarkdown
  2. download MarkedBonusPack1.5
  3. Put the Services in ~/Library/Services
  4. assign a shortcut in System Preferences->Keyboard->Shortcuts->Services

TextMate <-> Marked integration

  1. Double-click on the Marked bundle to open it in TextMate’s Bundle Editor.
  2. Control-Command-M preview current selection

Evernote <-> Marked integration

  1. To watch Evernote folders: start ~/path/to/everwatch.rb in Terminal.
  2. Open “~/Marked” in Marked to preview
  3. Command-S in Evernote to refresh preview. (4’’ delay, autosave takes longer)

Vim <-> Marked integration

  1. install MacVim
  2. add the following line to .vimrc :nnoremap <leader>m :silent !open -a '%:p'<cr>
  3. open or create a file using mvim
  4. save the file
  5. \m to preview, use alt+shift+/ to get \

Mediawiki <-> Markdown

from Mediawiki

  1. mkdir $IP/extensions/MarkdownSyntax ($IP is the Mediawiki install dir, for me it’s /var/lib/mediawiki)

  2. download PHP Markdown

  3. mv markdown.php $IP/extensions/MarkdownSyntax/

  4. vi markdown.php to change <code><pre> to <pre><code> and closing tags too (to correct code blocks bug)

  5. cp MarkdownSyntax.php $IP/extensions/MarkdownSyntax/

  6. vi /etc/mediawiki/LocalSettings.php

    require_once( “$IP/extensions/MarkdownSyntax/MarkdownSyntax.php” );

AlternateSyntaxParser Mediawiki extension installation

to configure different parsers per page or site wide.

  1. mkdir $IP/extensions/AlternateSyntaxParser

  2. cp AlternateSyntaxParser.php $IP/extensions/AlternateSyntaxParser

  3. comment out line 112: !$this->mEditPreviewFlag (seems buggy with Mediawiki 1.15)

  4. mv markdown.php /var/lib/mediawiki/extensions/AlternateSyntaxParser (don’t need it in MarkdownSyntax dir any more)

  5. vi /etc/mediawiki/LocalSettings.php

    require_once(‘extensions/AlternateSyntaxParser/AlternateSyntaxParser.php’); $wgEnableParserCache = false; $wgAlternateSyntaxParserLanguage = ‘markdown’; (if you need system wide default)

  6. First line of docs should contain

    #MARKUP language

MultiMarkdown 3.6 installation

  • Provides: multimarkdown (C) and shell wrappers: mmd, mmd2tex, mmd2opml, mmd2odf

  • OSX binaries

  • Windows binaries

  • OpenSUSE package

  • Compile from source

    % git clone git://
    % make; make install

New features compared to Markdown

  • footnotes
  • tables
  • citations and bibliography (works best in LaTeX using BibTeX)
  • math support
  • automatic cross-referencing ability
  • smart typography, with support for multiple languages
  • image attributes
  • table and image captions
  • definition lists
  • glossary entries (LaTeX only)
  • document metadata (e.g. title, author, date, etc.)