Svelte Markdown

Markdown parser to svelte components

Svelte Markdown

A markdown parser that renders into Svelte Components. Inspired by ReactMarkdown.


You can install it with

$ npm i -S svelte-markdown

If you use npm or if you prefer yarn

$ yarn add svelte-markdown

If you're using Sapper you might need to install it as a dev dependency.


  import SvelteMarkdown from 'svelte-markdown'
  const source = `
  # This is a header

This is a paragraph.

* This is a list
* With two items
  1. And a sublist
  2. That is ordered
    * With another
    * Sublist inside

| And this is | A table |
| With two    | columns |`

<SvelteMarkdown {source} />

This would render something like

<h1>This is a header</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>
  <li>This is a list</li>
    With two items
    <ol start="1">
      <li>And a sublist</li>
        That is ordered
          <li>With another</li>
          <li>Sublist inside</li>
      <th>And this is</th>
      <th>A table</th>
      <td>With two</td>


Just like with React Markdown, this package doesn't use {@html ...} unless you need to render HTML.


The SvelteMarkdown component accepts the following props:

  • source - string or array The Markdown source to be parsed, or an array of tokens to be rendered directly.
  • renderers - object (optional) An object where the keys represent a node type and the value is a Svelte component. This object will be merged with the default renderers. For now you can check how the default renderers are written in the source code at src/renderers.
  • options - object (optional) An object containing options for Marked


To create custom renderer for an element, you can create a Svelte component with the default props (you can check them here), for example:


  export let href = "";
  export let title = undefined;
  export let text = "";


So you can import the component and pass to the renderers props:

  import SvelteMarkdown from "svelte-markdown";
  import ImageComponent from "./renderers/ImageComponent.svelte";
  export let content;

<SvelteMarkdown source={content} 
  renderers={{ image: ImageComponent }} 

Rendering From Tokens

For greater flexibility, an array of tokens may be given as source, in which case parsing is skipped and the tokens will be rendered directly. This alows you to generate and transform the tokens freely beforehand. Example:

  import SvelteMarkdown from 'svelte-markdown'
  import { marked } from 'marked'

  const tokens = marked.lexer('this is an **example**')

  marked.walkTokens(tokens, token=> {
    if (token.type == 'strong') token.type = 'em'
    token.raw = token.raw.toUpperCase()

<SvelteMarkdown source={tokens} />

This will render the following:

<p>THIS IS AN <em>EXAMPLE</em></p>


A parsed event will be fired when the final tokens have been calculated, allowing you to access the raw token array if needed for things like generating Table of Contents from headings.

  import SvelteMarkdown from 'svelte-markdown'

  const source = `# This is a header`

  function handleParsed(event) {
    //access tokens via event.detail.tokens

<SvelteMarkdown {source} on:parsed={handleParsed}>

Available renderers

These would be the property names expected by the renderers option.

  • text - Text rendered inside of other elements, such as paragraphs
  • paragraph - Paragraph (<p>)
  • em - Emphasis (<em>)
  • strong - Strong/bold (<strong>)
  • hr - Horizontal rule / thematic break (<hr>)
  • blockquote - Block quote (<blockquote>)
  • del - Deleted/strike-through (<del>)
  • link - Link (<a>)
  • image - Image (<img>)
  • table - Table (<table>)
  • tablehead - Table head (<thead>)
  • tablebody - Table body (<tbody>)
  • tablerow - Table row (<tr>)
  • tablecell - Table cell (<td>/<th>)
  • list - List (<ul>/<ol>)
  • listitem - List item (<li>)
  • heading - Heading (<h1>-<h6>)
  • codespan - Inline code (<code>)
  • code - Block of code (<pre><code>)
  • html - HTML node

Optional List Renderers

For fine detail styling of lists, it can be useful to differentiate between ordered and un-ordered lists. If either key is missing, the default listitem will be used. There are two optional keys in the renderers option which can provide this:

  • orderedlistitem - A list item appearing inside an ordered list
  • unorderedlistitem A list item appearing inside an un-ordered list

As an example, if we have an orderedlistitem:

  li::marker {
    color: blue;


Then numbers at the start of ordered list items would be colored blue. Bullets at the start of unordered list items would remain the default text color.

Inline Markdown

To use inline markdown, you can assign the prop isInline to the component.

<SvelteMarkdown {source} isInline />

HTML rendering

While the most common flavours of markdown let you use HTML in markdown paragraphs, due to how Svelte handles plain HTML it is currently not possible to do this with this package. A paragraph must be either all HTML or all markdown.

This is a **markdown** paragraph.

<p>This is an <strong>HTML</strong> paragraph</p>

Note that the HTML paragraph must be enclosed within <p> tags.


Some tests have been added to the tests folder. You can clone this repo and create another svelte app and link it to this repo to try modifying it.

You can clone this repo and do the following:

$ yarn
$ yarn link
$ yarn dev

This will watch all changes and make the project linkable. Now on the app you created you can link it with:

$ yarn link svelte-markdown

And then import it like in the example above.

As of now the only external dependency of this project is marked.

  • ReactMarkdown - React library to render markdown using React components. Inspiration for this library.
  • Svelte - JavaScript front-end framework.
  • Marked - Markdown parser

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