I'm trying to convert an HTML file to Markdown using Pandoc, but I'm having a hard time finding the correct options.

I would like convert the entire HTML file to the simplest Markdown possible. That is, no <div> tags and no CSS styling in curly brackets. However, when I input the following HTML to pandoc by calling pandoc -f html -t markdown reduced.html -o res.md:

<div class="section-content">
<div class="section-inner sectionLayout--insetColumn">
    <h3 name="2ee9" id="2ee9" class="graf graf--h3 graf--leading graf--title">Post Title</h3>
    <p name="021f" id="021f" class="graf graf--p graf-after--h3">Preamble <a href="https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/users/4397/seanny123?tab=questions" data-href="https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/users/4397/seanny123?tab=questions" class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" rel="noopener" target="_blank">link</a> and conclusion.</p>

I get the following Markdown output with all the things I'd like to ignore:

<div class="section-content">

<div class="section-inner sectionLayout--insetColumn">

### Post Title {#2ee9 .graf .graf--h3 .graf--leading .graf--title name="2ee9"}

.markup--p-anchor} and conclusion.



I tried reading the Pandoc Markdown docs, but I couldn't find any indication of what parameters I should be using.

1 Answer 1


If you use pandoc -f html -t markdown_github-raw_html reduced.html -o res.md it solves the problem.

  • markdown_github reduces the set of outputs to ignore the CSS

  • -raw_html removes the raw_html extension, which fixes the links

  • However this removes tables. Is there another pandoc option to remove only styles such as {style="color: #ff6600;"} introduced by pandoc during the conversion from html. Nov 3, 2020 at 13:32

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