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I want to edit some formatted text, with hyperlinks and lists etc. - so that the result is a markdown file, and the editing can either of the source, or of the formatted content (with accompanying source view), or both. But it has to be by a small(ish) editor, not some behemoth like a browser, a JVM or an office suite.

Required features:

  • Gratis
  • Actively maintained
  • Runs on Linux with X
  • Runs on AMD64 machines
  • Small memory and CPU use footprint
  • Source view and/or source editing
  • Does not need a network connection

Desired features:

  • Libre
  • Supports multiple markdown flavors, by user selection
  • Can save to other formats (like ODT or HTML)
  • Can import other formats (like ODT or HTML)
  • Both source view and source editing
  • Quite a "frequent question" :) Have you seen similar answered questions? 50 of them already, wow… – Izzy Feb 25 at 7:40
  • @Izzy: See edit. But it's true that I should have looked through the similar questions first. – einpoklum Feb 25 at 8:13
  • I didn't mean it were a duplicate. It was just a suggestion to check while waiting for good recommendations. We have quite a few requests for Markdown editors which aren't marked duplicate. That speaks for the fact quite a variety must exist meeting quite a variety of requirements :) Adding the term "lightweight", only your question and one for an Android app remain. But I'd say ReText should come quite close, see these answers. Only item I'm not sure about is support for multiple Markdown flavors. – Izzy Feb 25 at 23:00
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CudaText editor fits. It is gratis and lite. Markdown lexer is built-in.

To convert Markdown document to HTML form, you need plugin Markdown Preview (install in Plugins / Addon Manager). Also exists add-on Linter for Markdown which works together with CudaLint plugin.

CudaText editor

  • Cuda? A weird choice of name... I write CUDA code for a living actually :-) – einpoklum Feb 25 at 8:14

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