Programming language: Crystal
License: MIT License
Tags: Markdown/Text Processors    
Latest version: v0.2.1

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Yet another markdown parser built for speed, written in Crystal, Compliant to CommonMark specification (v0.27). Copy from commonmark.js.


Add this to your application's shard.yml:

    github: icyleaf/markd

Quick start

require "markd"

markdown = <<-MD
# Hello Markd

> Yet another markdown parser built for speed, written in Crystal, Compliant to CommonMark specification.

html = Markd.to_html(markdown)

Also here are options to configure the parse and render.

options = Markd::Options.new(smart: true, safe: true)
Markd.to_html(markdown, options)


Name Type Default value Description
time Bool false render parse cost time during read source, parse blocks, parse inline.
smart Bool false if true, straight quotes will be made curly,-- will be changed to an en dash,--- will be changed to an em dash, and... will be changed to ellipses.
source_pos Bool false if true, source position information for block-level elementswill be rendered in the data-sourcepos attribute (for HTML)
safe Bool false if true, raw HTML will not be passed through to HTML output (it will be replaced by comments)
prettyprint Bool false if true, code tags generated by code blocks will have a prettyprint class added to them, to be used by Google code-prettify.
gfm Bool false Not supported for now
toc Bool false Not supported for now
base_url URI? nil if not nil, relative URLs of links are resolved against this URI. It act's like HTML's <base href="base_url"> in the context of a Markdown document.


If you want to use a custom renderer, it can!

class CustomRenderer < Markd::Renderer

  def strong(node, entering)

  # more methods following in render.

options = Markd::Options.new(time: true)
document = Markd::Parser.parse(markdown, options)
renderer = CustomRenderer.new(options)

html = renderer.render(document)


First of all, Markd is slower than Crystal Built-in Markdown which it is a lite version, only apply for generte Cystal documents (#4496, #4613).

Here is the result of [a sample markdown file](benchmarks/source.md) parse at MacBook Pro Retina 2015 (2.2 GHz):

Crystal Markdown   3.28k (305.29µs) (± 0.92%)       fastest
           Markd 305.36  (  3.27ms) (± 5.52%) 10.73× slower

Recently, I'm working to compare the other popular commonmark parser, the code is stored in benchmarks.


Markd is an open source, collaboratively funded project. If you run a business and are using Markd in a revenue-generating product, it would make business sense to sponsor Markd development. Individual users are also welcome to make a one time donation if Markd has helped you in your work or personal projects.

You can donate via Paypal.

How to Contribute

Your contributions are always welcome! Please submit a pull request or create an issue to add a new question, bug or feature to the list.

All Contributors are on the wall.

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MIT License © icyleaf

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the markd README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.