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See: github-flavored-markdown

As an npm package:

npm install github-flavored-markdown

And then in your node program:

var ghm = require("github-flavored-markdown")
ghm.parse("I **love** GHM.\n\n#2", "isaacs/npm")
// returns:
// '<p>I <strong>love</strong> GHM.  '+
// '<a href=\'\'>#2</a></p>'

To get the sha/issue/fork links, pass in a second argument specifying the current project that things should be relative to.