DTMarkdownParser 0.2.2

DTMarkdownParser 0.2.2

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License BSD
ReleasedLast Release May 2016

Maintained by Cocoanetics.

  • By
  • Oliver Drobnik

This is a parser for Markdown-formatted text. It follows the following design guidelines:

  • No C-library dependency
  • Event-based, similar to NSXMLParser
  • Fully unit-tested (incl. code coverage)
  • Supporting OS X and iOS

It’s a goal for this project to be developed using “test-driven development” (TDD). This is fancy talk for “write the unit test first, then code the implementation”.

Another is to, at some point in the not-too-distant future, provide input for DTCoreText to allow generating NSAttributedStrings directly from Markdown. Therefore the delegate protocol uses metaphors similar to those found in DTHTMLParser.

Contributing to the Project

Contributions are welcome, provided you use the following workflow:

  1. Create new unit tests for features you add (see DTMarkdownparserTest for examples)
  2. All submissions are unit tested on Travis-CI and are only merged if all existing unit tests pass
  3. Please create an issue on GitHub before starting to code
  4. Work on a feature branch named like your_name/issue_123.
  5. Only submit pull requests against the develop branch
  6. When in doubt, just ask


This project is covered by a BSD 2-clause license. If you use it in a published app, you have to give some form of credit to Cocoanetics (like on your About screen). This requirement is lifted if you procure a Non-Attribution License from us.


  • Basic Text
  • Emphasis (strong, em)
  • Strikethrough
  • Inline Code
  • Indented Code
  • Fenced Code (GitHub-style)
  • Horizontal Rule
  • Headers
  • Hyperlinks (inline and reference)
  • Images (inline and reference)
  • Linebreaks Handling (GitHub versus Gruber)
  • Lists (ordered or unordered)
  • Lists (stacked)
  • Forced linking via angle brackets
  • Automatic Linking of URLs (web and mail)

To Do

  • Character Escaping
  • Inline HTML (? should we ever do this ?)
  • Multi-level Quoting and Code Blocks
  • Additional Useful Markdown Extensions:
    • MultiMarkdown Table support
  • Proper Reporting of applicable processed range of text, e.g. to use for syntax highlighting

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