Complete Markdown Tutorial for Beginners


Devarshi Shimpi

Founder @PrismLink


Markdown is a lightweight markup language that allows you to format plain text in a structured way, making it a popular choice for creating content across various platforms. Whether you're a coding enthusiast or a novice, Markdown's simplicity and versatility can streamline your content creation process. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the key features of Markdown that can empower you to create visually appealing and organized documents.

Feel free to checkout the below video I made for this tutorial as well.

{% youtube jCgVc9885oQ %}

Feel free to star ⭐️ the Github repo as well. Where I have added everything in a systematic order in the repository. Feel free to raise issues/PRs in the repo as well!

{% github devarshishimpi/markdown-tutorial %}

1. Structuring Your Content with Headings

Headings play a crucial role in organising your content. Markdown offers six levels of headings, each indicated by an increasing number of hash symbols (#).

These headings provide hierarchy and improve readability, allowing readers to navigate your content effortlessly.

# Heading 1
## Heading 2
### Heading 3



2. Showcasing Code with Code Blocks

Markdown's ability to display code snippets in a clean and readable manner is invaluable. To display inline code, wrap it with backticks. For example:

`This is inline code`


This is inline code

To present larger code blocks, use triple backticks:



This is a codeblock.

3. Organizing Information with Lists

Lists are effective for presenting information in a structured manner. Markdown supports both unordered and ordered lists.

For unordered lists, use hyphens (-), plus signs (+), or asterisks (*) followed by a space:

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3


  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

Ordered lists use numbers followed by periods and spaces:

1. Step 1
2. Step 2
3. Step 3


  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3

4. Interactive Content with Checkbox Task Lists

Markdown allows you to create interactive task lists using checkboxes:

- [X] Task 1
- [ ] Task 2



These lists are handy for tracking to-do items or tasks within your documents.

5. Emphasis and Style with Text Formatting

Markdown offers various text formatting options. For bold text, enclose it with double asterisks (bold text). For italic text, use single asterisks (italic text). And for strikethrough text, use double tildes (strikethrough).

**This is a bold text**

*This is italic text*

***This is combined of both***


This is a bold text

This is italic text

This is combined of both

6. Enhancing Interaction with Links and Images

Adding links and images enriches your content. To insert links, enclose link text in square brackets followed by the URL in parentheses:

[Visit my Github](


Visit my Github

For images, use an exclamation mark followed by alt text in square brackets and the image URL in parentheses:




7. Organizing Data with Tables

Markdown's table syntax is excellent for tabular data:

| Fruit (left) | Emoji (center) | Taste (right) |
| :--- | :----: | ---: |
| Mango is the king of Fruits | :mango: | Sweet and I love it |
| Lemon is good for health | :lemon: | Sour, mix it in the water |



8. Separating Sections with Horizontal Lines

Horizontal lines help divide your content into distinct sections, enhancing readability:




9. Custom Formatting with HTML in Markdown

Markdown's flexibility is further extended by allowing HTML tags for advanced formatting. For instance, you can align content using HTML attributes like align:

<p align="center">
Yes, you can use allowed raw HTML in a Markdown file. This is a paragraph aligned in the center.



10. Embedding YouTube Videos for Dynamic Content

You can embed YouTube videos directly into Markdown:



{% youtube jCgVc9885oQ %}

This makes your content more engaging by incorporating multimedia elements.

11. Including Mathematical Expressions for Technical Content

For math enthusiasts, Markdown supports inline and block mathematical expressions using dollar signs ($):





14. Annotating Your Content with Comments

Markdown supports comments that won't appear in the final output:

<!-- This is a comment that won't be visible -->


Markdown is a versatile tool that empowers you to create structured and visually appealing content. With its support for headings, code blocks, lists, formatting, links, images, tables, and interactive elements like checkboxes and drop-downs, Markdown transforms plain text into an engaging and organized document.

Feel free to star ⭐️ the Github repo as well. Where I have added everything in a systematic order in the repository. Feel free to raise issues/PRs in the repo as well!

{% github devarshishimpi/markdown-tutorial %}

Feel free to experiment with these features, and remember that practice is key to mastering Markdown. Whether you're writing a blog post, a technical document, or a simple to-do list, Markdown can be your trusty companion for content creation. Happy Markdowning!

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