Github Markdown Example

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GITHUB FLAVORED MARKDOWN uses its own version of the Markdown syntax, GFM, that provides an additional set of useful features, many of which make it easier to work with content on USERNAME ËśMENTIONS Typing an @ symbol, followed by a username, will notify that person to come and view the comment. Given that this page is offered as the primary example linked from the GitHub Flavored Markdown page, it would be great if it rendered correctly. So thanks to the wonderful fact that comments themselves use this very markdown, I've included a c&p of the corresponding referenced source (with the exception of the following minor fix, s/ example which appears to be indicative.

A collection of Markdown code and tricks that were tested to work in Gist.

This and all public gists in are Public Domain. Do whatever you want with it including , no need to credit me.


  • Reformat this whole document and assimilate these:
    • (Add images, secret gists, anti-spam protection)
    • (Python notebook, Math syntax)
Table of Contents

Task lists


  • Task 1
  • Task 2
  • Task 3

Collapsible content (spoilers)

Content between <details> and </details> is hidden. You need to escape HTML tags them.






Alternatively, for H1 and H2, an underline-ish style:



Emphasis, aka italics, with asterisks or underscores.

Strong emphasis, aka bold, with asterisks or underscores.

Combined emphasis with asterisks and underscores.

Strikethrough uses two tildes. Scratch this.


  1. First ordered list item
  2. Another item
Markdown example file
  • Unordered sub-list.
  1. Actual numbers don't matter, just that it's a number

  2. Ordered sub-list

  3. And another item.

    Some text that should be aligned with the above item.

  • Unordered list can use asterisks
  • Or minuses
  • Or pluses


There are two ways to create links.

Or leave it empty and use the link text itself

URLs and URLs in angle brackets will automatically get turned into links. or and (but not on Github, for example).

Some text to show that the reference links can follow later.



Here's our logo (hover to see the title text):



Code and Syntax Highlighting

Code blocks are part of the Markdown spec, but syntax highlighting isn't. However, many renderers -- like Github's and Markdown Here -- support syntax highlighting. Markdown Here supports highlighting for dozens of languages (and not-really-languages, like diffs and HTTP headers); to see the complete list, and how to write the language names, see the highlight.js demo page.

Inline code has back-ticks around it.

Blocks of code are either fenced by lines with three back-ticks ```, or are indented with four spaces. I recommend only using the fenced code blocks -- they're easier and only they support syntax highlighting.

Again, to see what languages are available for highlighting, and how to write those language names, see the highlight.js demo page.


Tables aren't part of the core Markdown spec, but they are part of GFM and Markdown Here supports them. They are an easy way of adding tables to your email -- a task that would otherwise require copy-pasting from another application.

Colons can be used to align columns.

col 3 isright-aligned$1600
col 2 iscentered$12
zebra stripesare neat$1

The outer pipes ( ) are optional, and you don't need to make the raw Markdown line up prettily. You can also use inline Markdown.



Blockquotes are very handy in email to emulate reply text.This line is part of the same quote.

Quote break.

This is a very long line that will still be quoted properly when it wraps. Oh boy let's keep writing to make sure this is long enough to actually wrap for everyone. Oh, you can putMarkdown into a blockquote.

Inline HTML

You can also use raw HTML in your Markdown, and it'll mostly work pretty well.

Definition list
Is something people use sometimes.
Markdown in HTML
Does *not* work **very** well. Use HTML tags.
Gfm github

Horizontal Rule

Three or more...




Line Breaks

Github Markdown Example

My basic recommendation for learning how line breaks work is to experiment and discover -- hit <Enter> once (i.e., insert one newline), then hit it twice (i.e., insert two newlines), see what happens. You'll soon learn to get what you want. 'Markdown Toggle' is your friend.

Here are some things to try out:

Here's a line for us to start with.

This line is separated from the one above by two newlines, so it will be a separate paragraph.

This line is also begins a separate paragraph, but...
This line is only separated by a single newline, so it's a separate line in the same paragraph.

(Technical note: Markdown Here uses GFM line breaks, so there's no need to use MD's two-space line breaks.)

YouTube Videos

They can't be added directly but you can add an image with a link to the video like this:

Or, in pure Markdown, but losing the image sizing and border:

Github Markdown Anchor Example

TeX Mathematical Formulae

A full description of TeX math symbols is beyond the scope of this cheatsheet. Here's a good reference, and you can try stuff out on CodeCogs. You can also play with formulae in the Markdown Here options page.

Github Markdown Color Example

Here are some examples to try out:

The beginning and ending dollar signs ($) are the delimiters for the TeX markup.