yii2-markdown Advanced Markdown editing and conversion utilities for Yii Framework 2.0

  1. Markdown
  2. MarkdownEditor
  3. Requirements
  4. Installation
  5. Usage
  6. Report
  7. License
  8. Resources

This module provides Markdown Editing and Conversion utilities for Yii Framework 2.0. It implements markdown conversion using PHP Markdown Extra and PHP Smarty Pants Typographer. In addition, you can customize the flavor of Markdown, by including additional custom conversion patterns. The module also includes an enhanced customized Markdown Editor Widget for markdown editing and preview at runtime. This widget is styled using Twitter Bootstrap 3.0. View a complete demo.


This is a markdown converter class that extends Yii's Markdown Helper with advanced functionality. The converter uses PHP Markdown Extra and PHP SmartyPantsTypographer for processing Markdown conversion to HTML. It also supports configurable custom conversion processing of patterns for styling your own flavour of Markdown to some extent. View examples and details or view a complete demo.


This is an advanced markdown input widget with configurable options. It is styled using Twitter Bootstrap 3.0. Key features available with this widget are:

  1. Configurable toolbar and buttons for formatting content
  2. Live preview of Markdown formatted text as HTML
  3. Maximize editor for full screen editing
  4. Implements PHP Markdown Extra and PHP SmartyPantsTypographer functionality as provided by the Markdown.
  5. Uses Twitter Bootstrap 3.0 styling wherever possible
  6. Allows saving/exporting of the text-editor contents as Text or HTML
  7. Configurable header, footer, and input options.
  8. Supports localization and customization of messages and content.

View examples and details or view a complete demo.


  • Yii 2.0 (dev-master)
  • PHP 5.4
  • Twitter Bootstrap 3.0
  • PHP SmartyPantsTypographer

NOTE: This extension mandatorily requires Yii Framework 2. The framework is under active development and the first stable release of Yii 2 is expected in early 2014.


The preferred way to install this extension is through composer.

Either run

$ php composer.phar require kartik-v/yii2-markdown "dev-master"

or add

"kartik-v/yii2-markdown": "dev-master"

to the `require` section of your composer.json file.


Setup Module

Add markdown to your modules section of your Yii configuration file

'modules' = [
	/* other modules */
	'markdown' => [
		'class' => 'kartik\markdown\Module',

You can setup additional configuration options for the markdown module:

'modules' = [
	/* other modules */
	'markdown' => [
		// the module class
		'class' => 'kartik\markdown\Module',
		// the controller action route used for markdown editor preview
		'previewAction' => '/markdown/parse/preview',
		// the list of custom conversion patterns for post processing
		'customConversion' => [
			'<table>' => '<table class="table table-bordered table-striped">'
		// whether to use PHP SmartyPantsTypographer to process Markdown output
		'smartyPants' => true
use kartik\markdown\Markdown;

// default call
echo Markdown::convert($content);

// with custom post processing
echo Markdown::convert($content, ['custom' => [
	'<h1>' => '<h1 class="custom-h1>',
	'<h2>' => '<h1 class="custom-h2>',
// add this in your view
use kartik\markdown\MarkdownEditor;

// usage with model
echo MarkdownEditor::widget([
	'model' => $model, 
	'attribute' => 'markdown',

// usage without model
echo MarkdownEditor::widget([
	'name' => 'markdown', 
	'value' => $value,



yii2-markdown is released under the BSD 3-Clause License. See the bundled LICENSE.md for details.


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Yii Version: 2.0
License: BSD-2-Clause
Category: User Interface
Developed by: Kartik V
Created on: Dec 27, 2013
Last updated: 9 years ago

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