man page — Convert Markdown syntax to (X)HTML


This program is distributed as part of Perl's Text::Markdown module, illustrating sample usage.

Markdown can be invoked on any file containing Markdown-syntax, and will produce the corresponding (X)HTML on STDOUT:

$ cat file.txt
This is a *test*.
Absolutely _nothing_ to see here. _Just a **test**_!
* test
* Yup, test.
$ file.txt
<p>This is a <em>test</em>.</p>
<p>Absolutely <em>nothing</em> to see here. <em>Just a <strong>test</strong></em>!</p>
<li>Yup, test.</li>

If no file is specified, it will expect its input from STDIN:

$ echo "A **simple** test" | markdown
<p>A <strong>simple</strong> test</p>


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Produce HTML 4-style tags instead of XHTML - XHTML requires elements that do not wrap a block (i.e. the "hr" tag) to state they will not be closed, by closing with "/>". HTML 4-style will plainly output the tag as it comes:

$ echo '---' | markdown
<hr />
$ echo '---' | markdown --html4tags
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Copyright 2004 John Gruber

Copyright 2008 Tomas Doran

The manpage was written by Gunnar Wolf <> for its use in Debian systems, but can be freely used elsewhere.

For full licensing information, please refer to's full documentation.

See Also

Text::Markdown, <…>


2009-11-03 perl v5.24.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation