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Setup Atom to edit Markdown with math formula

Setup Atom to edit Markdown with math formula


From the official website of Markdown:

“Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).”

As a Markdown enthusiast, I searched for a long time a Markdown editor that would support, at least:

  • math expressions,
  • code blocks,
  • diagrams.

For a moment I thought Stackedit synchronized with Google Drive was my solution, but it messed up my blog posts a few times and I dropped it. It had troubles when I modified my files from different devices.

After stackedit I switched back to using Syncthing to share raw Markdown texts between my devices and edited the raw texts. Until I remembered that Atom is based on web technologies and probably has the same features as stackedit.

Now I have Atom installed with Markdown packages it works just fine for my needs. Below I quickly describe a basic setup.

Install and configure Atom

  1. Visit atom.io and download the latest version of the editor
  2. Make sure you have Soft Wrap option activated
    • Use the menu View > Toggle Soft Wrap
      Atom Preferences
  3. Install Atom packages for markdown
    • Use the menu Edit > Preferences
      Atom Preferences
    • In the Preferences tab, click + Install
    • Type “markdown”
      Atom Preferences
  4. Install the packages:
    • language-markdown
    • markdown-writer
    • markdown-preview
    • markdown-preview-plus
    • markdown-preview-enhanced

Preview your Markdown

  1. Open or create a Markdown file (.md extension)
  2. Use the menu Packages > Markdown Preview Enhanced
  3. Click Toggle
Atom Preferences


Happy geek writing ! 😃

See you soon !
Keep learning !


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Install and configure Atom
  3. 3. Preview your Markdown