What is a .MARKDOWN File And How To Open It – John Gruber

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .markdown extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .markdown file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .MARKDOWN file?

The .MARKDOWN file extension stands for Markdown Documentation File. This file extension belongs to the developer John Gruber. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a development related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .markdown file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .MARKDOWN file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .MARKDOWN file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .MARKDOWN file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .markdown file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++ and gVim software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MARKDOWN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Notepad software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MARKDOWN file on Mac

The .markdown file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the MacroMates TextMate and Apple TextEdit software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MARKDOWN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the MacroMates TextMate software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MARKDOWN file on Linux

To open the .markdown file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Vim and GNU Emacs software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MARKDOWN file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Vim software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .MARKDOWN file?

If you are still unable to open the .MARKDOWN file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .MARKDOWN file.mars – Adobe Systems, .marshal – RISE to Bloome Software, .mart – MartView, .mas – Image Space, .mas – MEGA Team. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MARKDOWN file with the Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++, gVim programs on Windows, MacroMates TextMate, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac and Vim, GNU Emacs software on Linux.