Dendron is an open source Markdown note-taking tool built on top of VS Code. If you already have VS Code installed on your computer, you can install the Dendron, Dendron Markdown Preview Enhanced, and Dendron Markdown Shortcuts extensions to get started. The Dendron extensions are free to use. Paid options are available for those who need publishing and priority support options.
Dendron is clearly intended for a developer audience. The tool requires prerequisite knowledge of VS Code, and most people will likely need to spend some time reading the documentation, exploring the features, and mastering the keyboard shortcuts. The biggest selling point for Dendron users might be that the tool is in VS Code. Similar tools like Obsidian are in separate, standalone applications — they may have fewer features, but they also have a lower barrier to entry.
Dendron provides support for the following Markdown elements.
|Links||Yes||You can link to other notes in Dendron by using the
|Fenced Code Blocks||Yes|
|Emoji (copy and paste)||Yes|
|Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
|Disabling Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
As an added bonus, Dendron provides support for several obscure elements.
||The HTML specification is maintained by the W3C.|