/ Markdown

A simple and customizable Markdown Parser for Swift

A simple and customizable Markdown Parser for Swift


MarkdownKit is a customizable and extensible Markdown parser for iOS. It supports many of the standard Markdown elements through the use of Regular Expressions. It also allows customization of font and color attributes for all the Markdown elements.



Installation via CocoaPods

MarkdownKit is available through CocoaPods. CocoaPods is a dependency manager that automates and simplifies the process of using 3rd-party libraries like MarkdownKit in your projects. You can install CocoaPods with the following command:

gem install cocoapods

To integrate MarkdownKit into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "MarkdownKit"

Afterwards, run the following command:

pod install

Installation via Carthage

MarkdownKit is available through Carthage. Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks.

You can install Carthage via Homebrew with the following command:

brew update
brew install carthage

To integrate MarkdownKit into your Xcode project using Carthage, simply add the following line to your Cartfile:

github "ivanbruel/MarkdownKit"

Afterwards, run the following command:

carthage update

Supported Elements

*italic* or _italics_
**bold** or __bold__

# Header 1
## Header 2
### Header 3
#### Header 4
##### Header 5
###### Header 6

> Quote

* List
- List
+ List

`code` or ```code```


In order to use MarkdownKit to transform Markdown into NSAttributedString, all you have to do is create an instance of MarkdownParser and call the parse(_) function.

let markdownParser = MarkdownParser()
let markdown = "I support a *lot* of custom Markdown **Elements**, even `code`!"
label.attributedText = markdownParser.parse(markdown)


let markdownParser = MarkdownParser(font: UIFont.systemFontOfSize(18))
markdownParser.enabledElements = .disabledAutomaticLink
markdownParser.bold.color = UIColor.redColor()
markdownParser.italic.font = UIFont.italicSystemFontOfSize(300)
markdownParser.header.fontIncrease = 4


To add new Markdown elements all you have to do is implement the MarkdownElement protocol (or descendants) and add it to the MarkdownParser.

import MarkdownKit

class MarkdownSubreddit: MarkdownLink {

  private static let regex = "(^|\\s|\\W)(/?r/(\\w+)/?)"

  override var regex: String {
    return MarkdownSubreddit.regex

  override func match(match: NSTextCheckingResult,
                             attributedString: NSMutableAttributedString) {
    let subredditName = attributedString.attributedSubstringFromRange(match.rangeAtIndex(3)).string
    let linkURLString = "http://reddit.com/r/\(subredditName)"
    formatText(attributedString, range: match.range, link: linkURLString)
    addAttributes(attributedString, range: match.range, link: linkURLString)

let markdownParser = MarkdownParser(customElements: [MarkdownSubreddit()])
let markdown = "**/r/iosprogramming** can be *markdown* as well!"
label.attributedText = markdownParser.parse(markdown)


To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.