Mark

Quick Markdown Previews

Mark is a command line tool to quickly preview Markdown in your browser.
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Usage

$ mark <file.md> # preview file.md in browser

$ mark -t target.html <file.md> # write HTML elsewhere
$ mark -k <file.md>             # don't delete HTML after opening
$ mark -K 500 <file.md>         # wait for 500ms before deleting
$ mark -o "firefox %" <file.md> # use a different open command
$ mark -T templ.html <file.md>  # use a custom template

Run mark <file.md> to preview your Markdown. This does three things:

  1. Renders markdown to HTML in ./.mark.html
  2. Opens this file in the browser
  3. Deletes this file after opening

Some useful options include:

  1. -t/--target — render to a different HTML file
  2. -k/--keep — keep file around instead of deleting
  3. -K/--keep-for — increase time before deletion (in milliseconds)
  4. -o/--open — use a different command to open in browser
  5. -T/--template — use a custom template

Configure

# in ~/.bash_profile
export MARK_TARGET=/path/to/target.html
export MARK_KEEP=1
export MARK_KEEP_FOR=500
export MARK_OPEN="firefox %"
export MARK_TEMPLATE=/path/to/template.html  # defaults to ~/.mark/template.html

Each option can also be configured via an environment variable. These can be set in your ~/.bash_profile, ~/.zsh_profile, or equivalent.

  1. MARK_TARGET — render to a different HTML file
  2. MARK_KEEP — keep file around instead of deleting
  3. MARK_KEEP_FOR — increase time before deletion (in milliseconds)
  4. MARK_OPEN — use a different command to open in browser
  5. MARK_TEMPLATE — use a different command to open in browser

Custom Template

<!-- in ~/.mark/template.html -->
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>My Custom Template</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    #{BODY}
  </body>
</html>

Mark comes with a default template, but this can be customized via the --template option or MARK_TEMPLATE env var. Also, if a ~/.mark/template.html file exists, Mark will use that as its default template.

For any template, the #{BODY} placeholder exists. Mark will replace that string with the rendered HTML from your Markdown file.