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markdown: Markdown-to-html NGINX module


You can install this module in any RHEL-based distribution, including, but not limited to:

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 7, 8, 9
  • CentOS 7, 8, 9
  • AlmaLinux 8, 9
  • Rocky Linux 8, 9
  • Amazon Linux 2 and Amazon Linux 2023
yum -y install
yum -y install nginx-module-markdown

Enable the module by adding the following at the top of /etc/nginx/nginx.conf:

load_module modules/;

This document describes nginx-module-markdown v0.1.2 released on Apr 23 2023.

The ngx_markdown_filter_module module is a filter that transforms markdown files to html format.

This module utilizes the cmark library.

Example configuration

location ~ \.md {
    markdown_filter on;
    markdown_template html/template.html;

This works on proxy locations as well.


Syntax:  markdown_filter on;
Context: location
Syntax:  markdown_template html/template.html;
Context: location

Build with cmark-gfm (tables support)

Original cmark library doesn't support tables. But there is cmark-gfm fork with table extension, supported by Github.

  1. Clone this repo

  2. Rename config_gfm to config

  3. Install cmark-gfm lib

  4. Download nginx src archive and unpack it

  5. Run configure script (see nginx src) and build nginx

> ./configure --add-module=/path/to/ngx_markdown_filter_module --with-cc-opt=-DWITH_CMARK_GFM=1
> make
  1. Apply markdown directives to nginx conf and run it


You may find additional configuration tips and documentation for this module in the GitHub repository for nginx-module-markdown.