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Note: This project is still in development, and there may be breaking changes with each release before a >=1.0.0 version is ready. Please don't hesitate to report issues or make feature requests! Contributions welcome!


The prosemirror-math package provides schema and plugins for comfortably writing mathematics with ProseMirror. Written in TypeScript, with math rendering handled by KaTeX. You can install the npm package or use this repository as a starting point for your own plugin. The important files in this project are:

  • src/math-schema.ts: A minimal ProseMirror schema supporting inline and display math nodes.
  • src/math-nodeview.ts: A NodeView responsible for rendering and editing math nodes.
  • style/math.css: Contains all necessary styling for math nodes to display correctly. This file can easily be modified to achieve your desired appearance.

Additionally, the docs-src/ contains Aafully-functioning example project that uses webpack generate a static website that includes prosemirror-math and all its dependencies.

  • If you want to the example code as a starting point for your own project, pay special attention to the comments in docs-src/webpack.config.js.

Basic Usage (try it yourself!)

Unlike other editors, this plugin treats math as part of the text itself, rather than as an "atom" that can only be edited through a dialog box. For example, inline math nodes can be edited directly by bringing the cursor inside of them:

edit inline math

Display math supports multiline editing, as shown below:

edit display math

To create a new math expression, simply enclose LaTeX math notation in dollar signs, like $x+y=5$. When you finish typing, a new math node will be automatically created:

create inline math

To start a display math block, create a blank line and type $$ followed by a space. A multiline editor will appear. To exit the block, press Ctrl-Enter or navigate away the mouse or arrow keys.

create display math

Math nodes behave like regular text when using the arrow keys or Backspace. You can select, copy, and paste math nodes just like regular text! From within a math node, press Ctrl-Backspace to delete the entire node.

TIP: You can define your own commands with \providecommand{\cmd}{...}!

See the KaTeX documentation for a list of supported LaTeX commands. In the future, prosemirror-math will also accept a custom callback that can be used to invoke alternative renderers like MathJax.

Installation & Setup

Note that prosemirror-math is built on top of ProseMirror, which itself has a steep learning curve. At the very least, you will need to understand Schema and Plugins to integrate prosemirror-math into your project. Start by installing the npm package:

npm install @benrbray/prosemirror-math


First, make sure you include the CSS files for prosemirror-math and katex on any pages that will need them. They can be found at the following paths:


If you are using webpack with the HtmlWebpackPlugin and MiniCssExtractPlugin, you might need to include the CSS files like this:

import "@benrbray/prosemirror-math/style/math.css";
import "katex/dist/katex.min.css";


Add math_inline and math_display nodes to your document schema. The names are important! If you modify the schema, be careful not to change any of the values marked important! below, or you might run into unexpected behavior!

import { Schema } from "prosemirror-model";

let schema = new Schema({
    nodes: {
        doc: {
            content: "block+"
        paragraph: {
            content: "inline*",
            group: "block",
            parseDOM: [{ tag: "p" }],
            toDOM() { return ["p", 0]; }
        math_inline: {               // important!
            group: "inline math",
            content: "text*",        // important!
            inline: true,            // important!
            atom: true,              // important!
            toDOM: () => ["math-inline", { class: "math-node" }, 0],
            parseDOM: [{
                tag: "math-inline"   // important!
        math_display: {              // important!
            group: "block math",
            content: "text*",        // important!
            atom: true,              // important!
            code: true,              // important!
            toDOM: () => ["math-display", { class: "math-node" }, 0],
            parseDOM: [{
                tag: "math-display"  // important!
        text: {
            group: "inline"

Input Rules

If you want the user to be able to easily add new math nodes by typing $...$ for inline math or $$ followed by a space for block math, you need to create InputRule instances. You can write your own, or use the helper functions provided by prosemirror-math.

CAUTION: Make sure the NodeTypes you provide to each input rule belong to the same schema instance that you pass to your ProseMirror EditorView instance. Otherwise, you'll see strange errors in the console!

import {
	makeBlockMathInputRule, makeInlineMathInputRule,
} from "@benrbray/prosemirror-math";

// create input rules (using default regex)
let inlineMathInputRule = makeInlineMathInputRule(REGEX_INLINE_MATH_DOLLARS, editorSchema.nodes.math_inline);
let blockMathInputRule = makeBlockMathInputRule(REGEX_BLOCK_MATH_DOLLARS, editorSchema.nodes.math_display);


Choose which plugins you need from the following list, and pass them to your EditorState instance, along with the input rules you created.

  • mathPlugin (required) Provides the core functionality of prosemirror-math.
  • mathBackspaceCmd (recommended) When included in your keymap for the "Backspace" key, pressing backspace on the right boundary of a math node will place the cursor inside the math node, rather than deleting it.
  • insertMathCmd(nodeType: NodeType) (optional) Helper function for creating a command which can be used to insert a math node at the current document position.
  • mathSerializer (recommended) Attach to the clipboardTextSerializer prop of your EditorView. When pasting a selection from a prosemirror-math editor to a plain text editor, ensures that the pasted math expressions will be properly delimited by $...$ and $$...$$.
  • mathSelectPlugin (in progress) You'll notice that by default, selecting math nodes will place ugly selection boxes around each individual character in a rendered math expression. This plugin attempts to improve the default appearance of text selections for text that contains math nodes.

Here is the recommended setup:

import { mathPlugin, mathBackspaceCmd, insertMathCmd, mathSerializer } from "@benrbray/prosemirror-math";

// prosemirror imports
import { EditorView } from "prosemirror-view";
import { EditorState, Plugin } from "prosemirror-state";
import { chainCommands, deleteSelection, selectNodeBackward, joinBackward, Command } from "prosemirror-commands";
import { keymap } from "prosemirror-keymap";
import { inputRules } from "prosemirror-inputrules";

// plugins (order matters)
let plugins:Plugin[] = [
        "Mod-Space" : insertMathCmd(schema.nodes.math_inline),
        // modify the default keymap chain for backspace
        "Backspace": chainCommands(deleteSelection, mathBackspaceCmd, joinBackward, selectNodeBackward),
    inputRules({ rules: [ inlineMathInputRule, blockMathInputRule ] })

// create prosemirror state
let state = EditorState.create({
    schema: editorSchema,
    plugins: plugins,
    doc: /* ... */

// create prosemirror view
let view = new EditorView(editorElt, {
    clipboardTextSerializer: (slice) => { return mathSerializer.serializeSlice(slice) },


Clone this repository and install the necessary dependencies:

git clone git@github.com:benrbray/prosemirror-math.git
cd prosemirror-math
npm install

If you want to test using the example code, you should also install the dependencies in the docs-src/ folder:

cd docs-src
npm install

From the root directory, you can run the scripts in package.json.

  • Use npm run build:dist to build the prosemirror-math package with rollup.
  • Use npm run build:docs to build the example code with webpack and generate the static site inside the docs/ folder.
  • Use npm run build to build the package and website simultaneously.
  • Use npm run serve:docs to start a local development server at localhost:8080 that will watch for changes in the /docs-src folder (but not in /src).

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