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I am looking for Linux Markdown editors that provide support to export content to various formats using Pandoc.

Requirements:

  • Provide Ubuntu deb package
  • Free and open-source
  • Support for the basic Markdown specification (however any support for more sophisticated ones such as Markdown Extra would be nice)
  • Integrates the independent Pandoc software into the UI of the software so that I don't have to deal with it from the command-line1

Not needed (but won't hurt if there):

  • live preview
  • keybindings

So far I have found Ghostwriter which looks great and I am curious if there are more.


1: though Pandoc can be used independently from any editor, I want to have it integrated for easier use.

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    Please take a look at Linux Markdown editor that supports inline images, pandoc syntax and vim-keybindings? and other pandoc questions tagged markdown (especially those with answers). Also see What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? (price tag? What Markdown dialect(s)? Other features?)
    – Izzy
    Apr 14, 2016 at 11:38
  • Thank you @Izzy! I improved my question. Moreover I looked at the other questions but none fits my requirements. I don't need a preview or keybindings. The sole Pandoc export functionality is sufficient.
    – orschiro
    Apr 14, 2016 at 16:38
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    Thanks for the update! Could you please specify what you've got in mind with "any kind"? Do you mean "standard Markdown suffices" – or rather "as many dialects as possible"? I for example wouldn't want to go without Markdown Extra support (tables, footnotes, attributes), others need Github flavored" or the SE Markdown. // If it weren't for Pandoc, *ReText might fit your needs (.deb, free/open-source, Markdown/Extra, export to PDF+OO/LO).
    – Izzy
    Apr 14, 2016 at 16:50
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    I don't understand the question. Any editor will do. Pandoc runs independently of the editor. Apr 14, 2016 at 19:25
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    Thanks to both of you! I will give ReText a try. Moreover, I specified the question further. I am looking for editors that integrate Pandoc into the UI so that I don't have to deal with it from the command-line. So far I have found Ghostwriter which looks great and I am curious if there are more.
    – orschiro
    Apr 15, 2016 at 7:25

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If you are referring to integration of Markdown/Pandoc within the editor, Emacs with Markdown mode would work well (there is also Pandoc mode, which I have not tried myself). Markdown syntax is highlighted, you can bind keys to custom Pandoc export commands, and view the output document in the built-in Emacs browser.

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Typora is a WYSAWYG (What You See Approximates What You Get) Markdown editor with Pandoc integration.

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Panwriter is a simple split-view editor with HTML preview pane (powered by markdown-it with extensions tuned to mimic much of pandoc syntax).

It does some acrobatics to achieve page breaks in HTML preview & export, though those didn't work for me.

But it can also export via pandoc at the press of a key!
Pandoc options can be controlled via YAML metadata, with a new structure that pandoc doesn't understand (but they are harmless when running pandoc directly).

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