GitBook uses the Markdown syntax by default.
# H1 ## H2 ### H3 #### H4 ##### H5 ###### H6
Alternatively, for H1 and H2, an underline-ish style:
Alt-H1 ====== Alt-H2 ------
Paragraphs and Line Breaks
A paragraph is simply one or more consecutive lines of text, separated by one or more blank lines. (A blank line is any line that looks like a blank line — a line containing nothing but spaces or tabs is considered blank.) Normal paragraphs should not be indented with spaces or tabs.
Here's a line for us to start with. This line is separated from the one above by two newlines, so it will be a *separate paragraph*. This line is also a separate paragraph, but... This line is only separated by a single newline, so it's a separate line in the *same paragraph*.
Emphasis, aka italics, with *asterisks* or _underscores_. Strong emphasis, aka bold, with **asterisks** or __underscores__. Combined emphasis with **asterisks and _underscores_**. Strikethrough uses two tildes. ~~Scratch this.~~
(In this example, leading and trailing spaces are shown with dots: ⋅)
1. First ordered list item 2. Another item ⋅⋅* Unordered sub-list. 1. Actual numbers don't matter, just that it's a number ⋅⋅1. Ordered sub-list 4. And another item. ⋅⋅⋅You can have properly indented paragraphs within list items. Notice the blank line above, and the leading spaces (at least one, but we'll use three here to also align the raw Markdown). ⋅⋅⋅To have a line break without a paragraph, you will need to use two trailing spaces.⋅⋅ ⋅⋅⋅Note that this line is separate, but within the same paragraph.⋅⋅ ⋅⋅⋅(This is contrary to the typical GFM line break behaviour, where trailing spaces are not required.) * Unordered list can use asterisks - Or minuses + Or pluses
There are two ways to create links.
( ) [ ]( ) [ ][ ] [ ]( ) [ ][ ] Or leave it empty and use the [link text itself] Some text to show that the reference links can follow later. [ ]: [ ]: [ ]:
The default footnote-style links that Markdown uses do not display on the page. Sometimes it is useful to include a non-hyperlink footnote that will be visible to the reader. GitBook supports a simple syntax for such footnotes.
Text prior to footnote reference.[^2] :
Here's our logo (hover to see the title text): Inline-style: !( ) Reference-style: ![ ][ ] [ ]:
Code and Syntax Highlighting
Code blocks are part of the Markdown spec, but syntax highlighting isn't. However, many renderers -- like Github's and Markdown Here -- support syntax highlighting. Which languages are supported and how those language names should be written will vary from renderer to renderer. Markdown Here supports highlighting for dozens of languages (and not-really-languages, like diffs and HTTP headers); to see the complete list, and how to write the language names, see the highlight.js demo page.
Inline `code` has `back-ticks around` it.
Blocks of code are either fenced by lines with three back-ticks
```, or are indented with four spaces. I recommend only using the fenced code blocks -- they're easier and only they support syntax highlighting.
Tables aren't part of the core Markdown spec, but they are part of GFM and Markdown Here supports them.
Colons can be used to align columns. | Tables | Are | Cool | | ------------- |:-------------:| -----:| | col 3 is | right-aligned | $1600 | | col 2 is | centered | $12 | | zebra stripes | are neat | $1 | The outer pipes (|) are optional, and you don't need to make the raw Markdown line up prettily. You can also use inline Markdown. Markdown | Less | Pretty --- | --- | --- *Still* | `renders` | **nicely** 1 | 2 | 3
> Blockquotes are very handy in email to emulate reply text. > This line is part of the same quote. Quote break. > This is a very long line that will still be quoted properly when it wraps. Oh boy let's keep writing to make sure this is long enough to actually wrap for everyone. Oh, you can *put* **Markdown** into a blockquote.
You can also use raw HTML in your Markdown, and it'll mostly work pretty well.
<dl> <dt>Definition list</dt> <dd>Is something people use sometimes.</dd> <dt>Markdown in HTML</dt> <dd>Does *not* work **very** well. Use HTML <em>tags</em>.</dd> </dl>
Three or more... --- Hyphens *** Asterisks ___ Underscores