I have a Markdown document containing Unicode emojis and footnotes. I want to create a PDF out of it, but I can't find a solution that supports both.

I'm looking for:

  • free software (preferably free as in speech, but free as in beer will also do)
  • command line, desktop or web service

The output doesn't necessarily have to be pretty. Any other format that can be easily converted to PDF will do as well (HTML etc.)

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markdown-it does the trick. The easiest way for one time users is going to:


pasting the markdown on the left side and copying HTML from the right side. This can be further processed with your browser or wkhtmltopdf to generate a PDF.


Pandoc can do this, but one has to enable the emoji extension. The default PDF engine used by pandoc is pdflatex, which, as far as I know, doesn't support emojis. (Getting emojis to work in LaTeX is a pain in general.) The best way is hence to use wkhtmltopdf, weasyprint or the like.

This is how the command should look like:

pandoc --from=markdown+emoji --pdf-engine=wkhtmltopdf --output=out.pdf input.md

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