How to use Markdown editor in Ghost

Updated on Jul 13, 2018

In this tutorial we will review the Markdown text editor in Ghost.  Markdown is a lightweight markup language based on the formatting conventions that people naturally use in email. The core idea behind Markdown is to make the syntax as readable as possible.


Markdown is fully integrated into the Ghost Admin Dashboard and can be accessed via the New Post section



One of the greatest advantages of Markdown in compare to other text editors is that you can see how exactly your post will look like after publishing in real time on the right side of your screen.


There several useful short codes that you should be aware of:


Result  Markdown      Shortcut

Bold     **text**         Ctrl / Cmd + B

Emphasize      *text*  Ctrl / Cmd + I

Inline Code     `code`  Cmd + K / Ctrl + Shift + K

Strike-through            ~~text~~         Ctrl + Alt + U

Link     [title](http://)  Ctrl + Shift + L

Image  ![alt](http://)   Ctrl + Shift + I

List      * item Ctrl + L

Blockquote      > quote           Ctrl + Q

H1       # Heading       Ctrl + Alt + 1

H2       ## Heading     Ctrl + Alt + 2

H3       ### Heading   Ctrl + Alt + 3

H4       #### Heading Ctrl + Alt + 4

H5       ##### Heading           Ctrl + Alt + 5

H6       ###### Heading         Ctrl + Alt + 6


If you would like to test the Markdown editor and check different examples of its syntax you may copy the Markdown syntax page source code from the official Markdown website.


Copy and paste the test from the syntax.txt file into your Ghost Markdown editor to see a good example of all Markdown syntax options. If you publish the post you will be able see the completely formatted documentation on your Ghost blog frontend.

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