What is a .MD File And How To Open It – John Gruber (Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .md extension. It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .md file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .MD file?

The .MD file extension is Markdown Documentation File. This file extension was developed by John Gruber. This file belongs to the text format and it is a development related file.

What to know

There are currently 12 software that can open the .md file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .MD file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .MD file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .md file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, GitHub Atom, gVim, ghostwriter and Caret software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MD 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: 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”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MD file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the MacroMates TextMate, Apple TextEdit, GitHub Atom, MacVim, MacDown and Caret software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MD 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: Clicking “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

How to open a .MD file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Vim, GitHub Atom, GNU Emacs, ghostwriter and Caret software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MD 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .MD file?

If you are still unable to open the .MD file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .MD file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .md – Reilly Technologies, .md – Sharkport, .md – Walter B. Hewlett. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MD file with the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, GitHub Atom, gVim, ghostwriter, Caret programs on Windows, MacroMates TextMate, Apple TextEdit, GitHub Atom, MacVim, MacDown, Caret programs on Mac and Vim, GitHub Atom, GNU Emacs, ghostwriter, Caret software on Linux.