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 Markdown application

Dendron Markdown Support

Dendron 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 Yes
Code Yes
Horizontal Rules Yes
Links Yes You can link to other notes in Dendron by using the [[Link name|filename]] syntax.
Images Yes
Tables Yes
Fenced Code Blocks Yes
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Footnotes Yes
Heading IDs Yes
Definition Lists Yes
Strikethrough Yes
Task Lists Yes
Emoji (copy and paste) Yes
Emoji (shortcodes) Yes
Highlight Yes
Subscript Yes
Superscript Yes
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking Yes
HTML Yes

Support for Additional Syntax Elements

As an added bonus, Dendron 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.

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