I've become rather fond of Markdown and think it would be rather well suited to emails.

How do I set up Gmail to allow me to format reading and sending emails in Markdown? Is this even possible?

If the worst comes to the worst, I'd be open to another email service that offered a Markdown editor. One that will also parse Markdown formatted (which often look like plain-text) emails.

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I've created a Chrome, Firefox, and Thunderbird extension that allows you to write email in Markdown (in Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or Thunderbird) and then convert to HTML before sending.

If someone sends you raw Markdown it won't render it for you, but it lets you send rendered Markdown to others.

Hope it helps.



Might be worth checking out these:


Fluid app userscript, build to support Markdown in Highrise and Basecamp


Based on js-markdown and it enables you to convert Markdown formatted text to HTML in one single click.

  • How about for google chrome?
    – Eric
    Jul 23, 2010 at 22:16
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    You can install userscripts in Chrome, and you don't even need an extension! Just click to install them from userscripts.org. But check out this extension for proper handling of scripts: chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/… Jul 23, 2010 at 23:28
  • which script is better, has anyone tested both?
    – Sebastian
    Jun 8, 2011 at 14:34

You can use Markdown in Gmail using Gmelius. See https://gmelius.com/markdown-gmail/

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