Markdown is a text-based mark-up language that is easily rendered into HTML and PDF.

Here are some of the top reason for using Markdown besides its format interchangability.

  • It has become a staple of reproducible science:
  • it can be rendered on GitHub (also Bitbucket & GitLab) and makes online repositories more readable and accessible
  • it is used as a notebook interface for R (Rmarkdown)
  • it is used as the markup language for Jupyter notebooks, which provide a notebook interface for many languages, including Python and R
  • There are some freely available editors that make writing in Markdown pretty easy


Start with the Mastering Markdown guide by github located here.

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