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Dillinger is an online Markdown editor. Like StackEdit, it loads right in your web browser, so there’s no need to download and install an application on your computer. Dillinger has two panes: the editor on the left, and the live preview on the right. The split panes make it easy to see what Markdown-formatted text looks like.

Dillinger provides excellent Markdown support. Unfortunately, the export options are not customizable and the file saving features are a bit flaky. And since Dillinger loads in your web browser, it’s entirely dependent on a consistent internet connection. If your internet connection goes down or your web browser crashes, you could lose your work. For those reasons, Dillinger is best used for experimentation and quick note taking.

The application uses the markdown-it Markdown processor.

Dillinger Markdown editor

Dillinger Markdown Support

Dillinger provides support for the following Markdown elements.

Element Support Notes
Headings Yes
Paragraphs Yes
Line Breaks Partial The Markdown syntax (trailing whitespace) is not supported, but you can press the Return key once to achieve the same result.
Bold Yes
Italic Yes
Blockquotes Yes
Ordered Lists Yes
Unordered Lists Yes
Code Yes
Horizontal Rules Yes
Links Yes
Images Yes There’s no ability to upload images — you’ll need to store the images on another server.
Tables Yes
Fenced Code Blocks Yes
Syntax Highlighting Yes
Footnotes Yes
Heading IDs Partial Automatically generated. There’s no way to set custom heading IDs.
Definition Lists Yes
Strikethrough Yes
Task Lists Yes You don’t have to use dashes. Just use brackets (e.g., [ ]).
Emoji (copy and paste) Yes
Emoji (shortcodes) No
Highlight Yes
Subscript Yes
Superscript Yes
Automatic URL Linking Yes
Disabling Automatic URL Linking Yes

Support for Additional Syntax Elements

As an added bonus, Dillinger 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.
Insert ++This text has been inserted++ This text has been inserted

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