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I seek a markdown editor (on unix/linux) with the following features:

  1. standalone – must edit local files (so probably not in javascript),
  2. wysiwyg – can write into the formatted output,
  3. editor – open and save markdown files (not something that just outputs code),
  4. live preview in editor mode.

These features would be appreciated, too:

  1. clickable links,
  2. in wysiwyg mode, markdown code converted on the fly (if I type foo _bar_ then the bar is converted in italic)

I know retext which is good but is not wysiwyg. Also the links are not clickable. Also gedit-markdown meets some of these features but is quite invasive. Basicly I want what kompozer does but for markdown.

Does this editor exist?

Should I even ask this question here? This is some kind of source code edition.

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It'd be great to have inline (but not wysiwyg) math editing, too. So you have a latex equation that shows properly and lets you edit the latex math in place and then re-render when you leave it (or some such workflow). – user29020 Oct 16 '14 at 22:43
You may want to have a look at this post here, which contains lots of cross-platform editors:… – gaborous Mar 14 at 21:24

Try MarkdownPad.

MarkdownPad screenshot

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Thanks, but like retext or gonzo, it is not a wysiwyg editor. Also it is only for Windows. – jmad May 8 '12 at 7:34

Try Texts. There are versions for Windows and for Mac.

Texts Screenshot

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I like some aspects of it it has a good interface. (But we can't switch to source code, there are some bugs and I don't have either windows or mac so I tried it with wine -- maybe this explains the bugs.) – jmad May 11 '12 at 13:32
@FyodorSheremetyev Are you going to open-source it? – hamstergene May 13 '12 at 15:28
To use this as a replacement for MS Word, I would like to request embedded images. – Full Decent May 27 '14 at 13:22

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