How to read Markdown files offline

Markdown is an enriched text, human readable, format. You can open a .md file using any text editor. However, you will see the source text, without direct access to links and images.

A. From your browser

Browsers are able to render Markdown, but usually require plugins (free).

Installing Markdown Viewer in Google Chrome

Step 1

In Chrome [menu], select [More tools], [Extensions].

google menu

Step 2

Select the option Get more extensions to access Google Web Store

google extension

Step 3

Search for Markdown Viewer and click on Add to Chrome

google md extension

Step 4

Finally, go back to the Extension menu of Chrome. In the Markdown Viewer entry, select [Allow access to file URLs]

enable markdown

Step 5

You should now be able to read Markdown file from the browser.

google viewer

B. From your text editor

Visual Code Studio

Visual Code Studio has an built-in Markdown viewer accessible through the following icon.

Example: vsc-markdown-preview


Atom has also built-in Markdown viewer through the following menu (or Ctrl+Shift+M shortcut)