man page — Convert MultiMarkdown syntax to (X)HTML


This program is distributed as part of Perl's Text::MultiMarkdown module, illustrating sample usage. can be invoked on any file containing MultiMarkdown-syntax, and will produce the corresponding (X)HTML on STDOUT:

$ cat file.txt
[MultiMarkdown][] *extends* the very well-known [Markdown][] syntax.
$ multimarkdown file.txt
<p><a href="">MultiMarkdown</a> <em>extends</em> the very well-known <a href="">Markdown</a> syntax.</p>

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

$ echo "A **simple** test" | multimarkdown
<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 '---' | multimarkdown
<hr />
$ echo '---' | multimarkdown --html4tags
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Copyright 2004 John Gruber

Copyright 2006 Fletcher Penny

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::MultiMarkdown, <…>


2014-07-19 perl v5.24.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation