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. $ Markdown.pl 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> <ul> <li>test</li> <li>Yup, test.</li> </ul>
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
hrtag) 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 <hr>
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Copyright 2004 John Gruber
Copyright 2008 Tomas Doran
The manpage was written by Gunnar Wolf <email@example.com> for its use in Debian systems, but can be freely used elsewhere.
For full licensing information, please refer to Text::Markdown.pm's full documentation.