Make Atom a great Markdown editor

I use Markdown as much as I can but mainly to write blog posts and documentation. There are many great editors – at least on Mac – for Markdown but most of them are not free to use. Moreover, Ulysses just began a move, that others could follow, to a subscription model (~$5/month). Finally, I don’t want to avoid vendor lock-in and charging $40/year for plain text editing in a format designed to be usable from anywhere by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz.

with the goal of enabling people “to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, and optionally convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)”.1

Among the Markdown editors my favorites are:

Atom is a modern text editor that has every required features to be a killer app for professional looking Markdown editing.

Main pros

Here are the main packages / settings I use to turn the Atom editor into an amazing Markdown editor.

Markdown Preview Plus

Markdown Preview Plus is an enhancement of the standard Markdown Preview that renders Markdown documents by applying a stylesheet. I use it mainly for the following additional features


Mainly for shortcuts like cmd-b for bold. It’s necessary to create the default keymap to activate these shortcuts.

UI & Syntax

I use One build-in UI (either in light or dark flavor) with focus-light or focus-dark syntax. I also like much the very original flatwhite syntax.


To center the text on the screen instead of being left aligned.


To add keyboard sounds while you are typing. I ♥ it.


I don’t use it much but it’s a common feature of Markdown editors to display file statistics. And the result is (with the flatwhite theme)

atom markdown mode