MarkdownPad is a full-featured Markdown editor for Windows.

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MarkdownPad Features

Instant HTML Preview

Instantly see how your Markdown documents look in HTML.

Make changes, See changes

Instantly see what your Markdown documents look like in HTML as you create them.

While you type, LivePreview will automatically scroll to the current location you're editing.

Easy Markdown formatting with keyboard shortcuts

Formatting text is easy in MarkdownPad.

Ultimate simplicity

Markdown formatting can be applied (and removed) with handy keyboard shortcuts and toolbar buttons.

You don't need to know anything about Markdown to use MarkdownPad!

Fully Customizable

MarkdownPad is fully customizable.

Make it your own

Color schemes, fonts, sizes and layouts are all customizable so you can turn MarkdownPad into your perfect editor.

Use your own CSS

Custom CSS editor in MarkdownPad.

Custom Stylesheets

Change the look of your HTML documents by using your own CSS stylesheets. MarkdownPad supports multiple stylesheets and has a built-in CSS editor.

The default CSS is beautiful and minimal, and will make your HTML documents look great.

HTML and PDF Export

Export your Markdonw documents at HTML or PDFs in MarkdownPad.

Your documents, à la carte

Quickly create ready-to-use HTML documents, or simply copy a portion of your document as HTML.

Need a PDF? No problem, you can create them directly from MarkdownPad.

Advanced features for power users

MarkdownPad supports advanced features like GitHub Flavored Markdown.

MarkdownPad Pro supports multiple Markdown processing engines, including Markdown Extra (with Table support), and GitHub Flavored Markdown.

With tabbed documents, a built-in image uploader, spell check, auto-save and syntax highlighting, there's no limit to what you can do with MarkdownPad.

Wonderful things people are saying about MarkdownPad

MarkdownPad for Windows is stunning. Simple. Clean. Perfect. Well done, @evanw.

Technology Evangelist at Microsoft

MarkdownPad is what I do pretty much all of my writing in. It's a great little app.

Peter Bright
Writer at Ars Technica

If you have any interest in Markdown, and you're a Windows user, MarkdownPad is definitely worth a download.


I just discovered MarkdownPad for Windows so, uhh, I guess this is goodbye, Microsoft Word?

Web Developer and Designer

MarkdownPad destroys the myth that Markdown editors only exist on Apple's Mac OS X.

Communications and Development Manager

MarkdownPad saved my life writing API documentation for work. Best software I've used in a long time.

.NET Developer

I love MarkdownPad, it's my first stop when writing almost anything. Great that the developer, @evanw, is so responsive too!


We're able to write our Markdown documentation on Windows with ease thanks to MarkdownPad.

PHP Framework Developer

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About MarkdownPad


MarkdownPad is developed by
Evan Wondrasek, a software engineer based out of Minneapolis, MN.

For updates, follow @evanw on Twitter.

Built Exclusively for Windows

MarkdownPad is designed for Windows and uses the .NET 4 and Windows Presentation Foundation 4 frameworks (that means it's extra shiny on the inside).

Upgrade to MarkdownPad Pro

Unlock the full potential of MarkdownPad by upgrading to MarkdownPad Pro. This version includes great additional features and is licensed for commercial use.

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