Wiki.js is an open source wiki application that provides excellent Markdown support. I’ve been impressed by the quality of this free software and recommend it to anyone interested in a wiki for personal or team use. Wiki.js is easy to use and provides a number of powerful configuration options, including the ability to enable Pandoc for converting between markup formats, like AsciiDoc, and settings for enabling and disabling various Markdown formatting options. It works well out of the box and rivals many propriety software offerings.

This is a web-based application that requires a database, so installation could be a bit of a headache depending on your familiarity with command line utilities. That said, this is an open source project with fantastic documentation and support. If you run into problems, you could probably file a GitHub issue or swing by the Wiki.js Slack workspace.

Wiki.js Markdown application

Wiki.js Markdown Support

Wiki.js provides support for the following Markdown elements.

Line BreaksYesYou can use a trailing backslash (\) instead of trailing whitespace.
Ordered ListsYes
Unordered ListsYes
Horizontal RulesYes
LinksYesYou can link to other notes by using the [[Link name|filename]] syntax.
Fenced Code BlocksYes
Syntax HighlightingYes
Heading IDsYesAutomatically generated.
Definition ListsNo
Task ListsYes
Emoji (copy and paste)Yes
Emoji (shortcodes)Yes
Automatic URL LinkingYes
Disabling Automatic URL LinkingNo

Support for Additional Syntax Elements

As an added bonus, Wiki.js provides support for several obscure elements.

ElementMarkdownRendered Output
Abbreviation*[HTML]: Hyper Text Markup Language
The HTML specification is maintained by the W3C.
The HTML specification is maintained by the W3C.

See Also

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