The Missing Markdown Editor

February 13th, 2013 by Search Influence Alumni

Let me start by introducing my favorite way to write notes, documents, or any other type of text for that matter. It’s a format called Markdown created by John Gruber. Take a look at his project page for Markdown to learn more about it. I’ve recently discovered a great little application for OS X that absolutely blew me away with how simple, yet amazingly feature packed it is. This application is Mou written by Chen Luo. The missing Markdown editor for web developers.


There’s a standard Markdown document on the left with a live render of your document on the right. It provides you with custom stylesheets to change the preview to your liking. For you business folks it can also export your document to a PDF for easy, consistent distribution between multiple different types of devices. Also for those of us who are attached at the hip to our terminal there’s a quick way to launch Mou from the command line using:

open -a Mou

For those who like to blog with Tumblr, this app will export any Markdown document to your Tumblr blog using the post email address given to you by Tumblr.

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This handy little app is a great for anybody who writes text while not wanting to use a large word processing application. Visit to download the application for free, or donate to get a license for free when Mou reaches version 1.0.