Three ways to use Markdown with Evernote

As many of you will know, Markdown is a very fast and easy way of generating HTML without knowing how to code. Effectively this means that you can quickly create all kinds of formatted documents, which may be blog posts, web pages, or in this case Evernote notes. At present Evernote doesn’t have an inbuilt Markdown capability, but there are tools and hacks available to bridge the gap.

The first tool that can be used to work with Markdown in Evernote is Markdown Here, a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. As a browser extension you need to work with Evernote Web, not your desktop or mobile client. The markdown text is simply written in an Evernote note and whilst the note is selected you click the Markdown Here button in your browser toolbar. Hey presto, you have formatted text. The great advantage of this method is that you never have to leave Evernote Web.

The second tool that enables markdown in Evernote is Markable. Markable is an online editor which lets you write, edit and preview markdown. It also allows you to save markdown to Evernote. Select “Export” on the menu and then “Save to Evernote”. Make sure you save as HTML to get the formatted output in Evernote and not the source code. You have to previously have connected Markable to your Evernote account and told it which notebook to use for your exported notes.

The third option is Byword, a Mac editor. Byword is an inexpensive but powerful editor with the advantage that you can write and preview markdown when you don’t have an internet connection. Once you’ve set up connections to the relevent accounts you can publish from Byword to various platforms such as WordPress, Blogger and Evernote. In fact I’m writing this blog post with Byword and will publish it to WordPress where I can add images, make any final edits and then publish.

Finally you may recall that I posted on 3 ways to use templates with Evernote. Markable and Byword give you a fourth way to create templates. The same markdown document can be published to Evernote multiple times, effectively creating a neatly formatted template each time.

If you want to learn more about markdown, its syntax and uses I recommend Instant Markdown.

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13 Responses to Three ways to use Markdown with Evernote

  1. Greg March 13, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Nice Article. Exactly what I was looking for.
    Thanks a lot.

  2. Ken March 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Great tips. Can you give more detail on use for Evernote? I installed and am using the Markdown toggle in Gmail and WordPress, but it doesn’t seem to work in the web based evernote.

    Am I missing something? (Using Chromium with Linux…)

    • Mark Goodson March 28, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks Ken. Hmmmm. I haven’t exhaustively tested this. I’m using the latest version of Chrome on the latest OSX on my Macbook Air. I see you’re using Chromium on Linux so I’m guessing this could be OS/browser related. You might want to run this past the guys at Markdown Here, who I’ve found to be very helpful in the past. I hope you get it working OK.

  3. Markdown July 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks a lot for your article. I’m curious about is there an app or extension that I write with markdown in evernote and save markdown source file not html format to evernote, and once you review the note, it may automatically convert to html format looks like? http://marxi.co/ is a very well extension, but it save html format to evernote.

    • Mark Goodson May 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

      Markdown Here effectively lets you do this in Evernote Web. You enter and edit the markdown source in a note and can leave it as source forever if you wish. But by using Markdown Here you can convert it to html formatted text at the press of a button. I’m not aware of anything that lets you do this with Evernote for Mac or Windows.

  4. OnFlApp November 8, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    For any OS X users, there is MarkedPub. It allows you to use markdown in any application. There is also extra support for the Evernote where you can just transform the Evernote note into HTML directly.

    • Mark Goodson May 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

      Thanks OnFlApp. That’s another one. I will actually publish an update to this post with the additional tools that have been brought to my attention.

  5. Bordaigorl January 30, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    There is a fourth way =)
    The Evernote plugin for Sublime Text 3 handles Markdown both for opening/updating existing notes or uploading new ones. It supports attachments as well.
    I thought you may find it interesting.
    More info at https://packagecontrol.io/packages/Evernote

    • Mark Goodson May 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Thanks Bordaigorl. I did not know that!

  6. peter March 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    There is a much simpler way to do it. Write in Evernote using Plain Text Format. Then, tag the note as markdown and published. And you are set.

    • Mark Goodson May 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks Peter. I took a look at this, there’s a blog post at http://help.postach.io/post/creating-markdown-posts-in-evernote I think this only works if are using postach.io as a blogging tool. Posts containing markdown when tagged “markdown” and “published” create a formatted blog post. But if you want to format a note using markdown for any other reason this doesn’t work.

  7. Patrick March 8, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Another alternative would be Atom: https://atom.io. You get it for free and it has markdown preview too.

    But anyway, I agree that copy/pasting can’t be the solution for a efficient use of markdown in Evernote.

    • Mark Goodson March 8, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      I also use FoldingText on my mac as a standalone markdown editor, although it has other cool abilities. I understand future developments of FoldingText will be based on the Atom platform.

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