Editors: Marklar

Maintained by Picture of David MudrákDavid Mudrák
Reclaim the control over formatting your text with this Markdown friendly editor for Moodle. Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax. It allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format that is automatically converted to structurally valid HTML.
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Marklar - markdown friendly editor for Moodle

All online editors marklar. This one just marklar less.

It is not for everybody though. Those who do not marklar about marklar should not marklar marklar. There are other marklar better for them.

Feel a bit confused and marklar now? Click this marklar to see where marklar comes from.


  1. As an admin, go to Site administration > Plugins > Text editors > Manage editors
  2. Enable the Marklar editor
  3. As the user, go to your Preferences > Editor preferences and set Marklar as your preferred editor.
  4. Go to Preferences > Miscellaneous > Marklar editor preferences to eventually change the default behaviour of the editor.


Here are intentional features of the Marklar editor, just to make it clear they are not bugs.

  • Marklar is WYTIWYG - what you type is what you get (done).
  • Marklar does not have buttons. Markdown syntax is to be typed manually (done).
  • Marklar is not extensible via sub-plugins (done).
  • Marklar sets markdown as the preferred format for new texts (done).
  • Marklar can be also used for editing texts in other formats. Supported formats can be customised via user preferences (done).
  • Marklar is not used for editing HTML texts by default. Another editor such like Atto or TinyMCE is loaded to do that (done).
  • Marklar supports images and files embedding via filepicker (done).
  • Marklar supports server-side generated preview (done).
  • Marklar supports uploading images from clipboard (done).
  • Marklar will support drafts auto-saving (todo).
  • Marklar will do just that and nothing more - KISS principle.


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  • Wazza
    Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 8:36 PM
    Can I see this editor in action somewhere? A video? A screenshot?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 10:45 PM

    Hi Richard. The editor is available here at moodle.org too. Just set it as your preferred editor in the user preferences (you can then also select which text formats it should be used for).

  • Picture of Ray Mizzi
    Sat, Oct 13, 2018, 10:05 AM
    I too would like to see the way it looks in Moodle, please.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 7:43 PM

    Again, you can use it here on moodle.org - e.g. when posting into forums. Just set Marklar as your preferred editor.

  • A Coloradian who was sucked into facebook against his wishes
    Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 6:15 AM
    Cannot seem to enable this plugin. Also, in the notes column, there is a tag that reads "Additional" I am not sure what that means.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 4:08 PM

    Sorry Walter to hear you have troubles with getting this plugin installed and set up. I just extended the Usage section of the plugin description. Hopefully you fill find it a bit more clearer now.

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, May 23, 2019, 6:48 PM

    The current version 0.8.2 seems to work well in Moodle 3.7 (as can be seen in moodle.org). I'll do a bit more tests and update Behat and hopefully will release a new version in following week or two.

  • Picture of justin raj
    Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 8:05 PM
    just downloaded and let see how it goes.
  • A Coloradian who was sucked into facebook against his wishes
    Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 11:24 PM
    I have a lot of files that are html, that were created with Atto. If I change my editor to Marklar, what happens to those files? What if I want to copy an html file into Marklar? If I create something in markdown, can I view the html code that Marklar created?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Aug 31, 2020, 4:16 PM

    @Water - It is not quite clear what you mean by "a lot of HTML files created with Atto". In either case, once Marklar is set as your preferred editor, you can further configure the preferences and set that it should be used for editing both HTML and markdown texts.

    With regards to "can I view the html code that Marklar created" I am not sure I fully understand the question. The Marklar editor does not actually create HTML. It uses the Moodle's inbuilt feature that texts may be stored in multiple formats. Marklar does not save texts as HTML, they are saved just like you had typed them. The actual rendering from markdown to HTML happens when the text is being displayed. Hope this clarifies a bit.

  • Picture of Florian Leupold
    Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 10:47 PM
    Would it be possible (and not in violation with the KISS principle) to add a feature I would call automatic continuation of lists? What I mean is: Once I start a numbered or bulleted list and hit , a new line should be started with the same marker at the same indentation level. DokuWiki's editor does that for example. – Thanks for considering!
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 2:43 PM

    Thank you Florian for the proposal. May I suggest to move this into a new issue in the plugin's tracker at github?

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