Visual Studio Code is a source code editor. It is extensible, free, open-source, and cross-platform. It owes much of its success to its active community of extension developers. Whenever it lacks a certain feature, there is usually an extension to fix that shortcoming. Its out-of-the-box Markdown support includes:
It does not support WYSIWIG editing. While Visual Studio Code does not come with out-of-the-box ability to export Markdown to any other formats, it can copy Markdown code with syntax coloring intact.
Markdown extensions available in the Visual Studio marketplace extend it with the following features:
VS Code provides support for the following Markdown elements.
|Images||Yes||Image display in preview is subject to content security policy, adjustable from the drop-down menu to the top-right|
|Fenced Code Blocks||Yes|
|Footnotes||Partial||In code editor only. Comprehensive support requires the Markdown Preview Enhanced extension.|
|Heading IDs||Partial||Does not support custom IDs. Comprehensive support requires the Markdown Preview Enhanced extension.|
|Definition Lists||Partial||Requires the Markdown Preview Enhanced extension.|
|Strikethrough||Partial||Two tildes (
|Task Lists||Partial||One of the many readily available extensions can add this feature, e.g. Markdown Preview Enhanced.|
|Emoji (copy and paste)||Yes|
|Emoji (shortcodes)||Partial||Requires the Markdown Preview Enhanced extension.|
|Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
|Disabling Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
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