Byword is no-frills Markdown editor for macOS and iOS. You type Markdown-formatted text, use a menu option to invoke the preview, and export to one of several available file formats including HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word, and LaTeX. You can publish to several blogging services, and the iCloud sync feature lets you author and access the files from all of your Apple devices. Byword isn’t fancy by any means — some people might even be put off by the application’s insubstantial look and feel — but it gets the job done.

Byword Markdown Support

Byword provides support for the following Markdown elements.

Element Support Notes
Headings Yes
Paragraphs Yes
Line Breaks Yes
Bold Yes
Italic Yes
Blockquotes Yes
Ordered Lists Yes
Unordered Lists Partial Nested lists are not supported.
Code Yes
Horizontal Rules Yes
Links Yes
Images Yes
Tables Yes
Fenced Code Blocks Yes
Syntax Highlighting No
Footnotes Yes
Heading IDs No
Definition Lists Yes
Strikethrough No
Task Lists No
Emoji (copy and paste) Yes
Emoji (shortcodes) No
Highlight No
Subscript Yes
Superscript Yes
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking Yes

Support for Additional Syntax Elements

As an added bonus, Byword provides support for several obscure elements.

Element Markdown Rendered Output
Abbreviation *[HTML]: Hyper Text Markup Language
The HTML specification is maintained by the W3C.
The HTML specification is maintained by the W3C.