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Import markdown and markdown-extra documents to WordPress posts and pages, output as HTML, parse and save YAML front matter to post_meta, tags, and (optionally) the posts tables.

  • Built on MetaParsedown, Parsedown and Symfony YAML components
  • Supports docments in both Markdown and Markdown-Extra formats
  • Easy to use
  • Lighweight
  • Optionally style markdown code snippets for syntax highlighting
  • Maintain cannonical markdown documents through your favourite git repository
  • Works with both Gutenberg and classic wordpress editors

How to use

Simply add the metaparsedown shortcode to your post, identifying the markdown document in the url attribute:

[metaparsedown url='' /]

Optionally, parse and save markdown YAML front matter to the post_meta table by adding the meta attribute.

[metaparsedown url='' meta="true" /]

Optionally, overwrite the post’s ‘post_title’ and ‘post_excerpt’ fields with YAML values by adding the overwrite attribute.

[metaparsedown url='' meta="true" overwrite="true" /]<h3>Support</h3>

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Install directly from WordPress plugin repository.

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How can I add syntax hilighting to my markdown documents?

You can do one of two things:

  1. Add and enqueue a syntax highlighting Javascript package.


  1. Use MetaParsedown’s built-in syntax highlighting using the microlight js highlight package. Simply add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file:

    if(function_exists(‘metaparsedown_plugins_url’)) {

    function metaparsedown_load_scripts()
            metaparsedown_plugins_url('/js/microlight.js'), [], null, true);
            metaparsedown_plugins_url('/js/script.js'), array('microlight'), null, true);
    add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'metaparsedown_load_scripts', 10);



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  • Version 1.0 released