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Command-line utility for quickly previewing Markdown locally


md-pre is a command line utility for quickly previewing Markdown documents in the browser. md-pre will convert your Markdown to HTML, write said HTML to a file located in a temp directory, and then open up that file in your default browser. The CSS used for the rendered Markdown is the same CSS that GitHub uses.

$ npm install -g md-pre
$ md-pre --help
Usage: md-pre [options] file
  -d, --dir   directory generated HTML file will be placed    [default: "/tmp"]
  -o, --open  command to use to open the generated HTML file  [default: "open"]
  --verbose   md-pre will let you know what it's doing

Found a bug? Create an issue on GitHub.

For transparency and insight into the release cycle, releases will be numbered with the follow format:


And constructed with the following guidelines:

  • Breaking backwards compatibility bumps the major
  • New additions without breaking backwards compatibility bumps the minor
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bump the patch

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Copyright (c) 2012 Jake Harding
Licensed under the MIT License.