Jinja2 VS markdown-it

Compare Jinja2 vs markdown-it and see what are their differences.


A very fast and expressive template engine. (by pallets)


Markdown parser, done right. 100% CommonMark support, extensions, syntax plugins & high speed (by markdown-it)
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Jinja2 markdown-it
6 31
8,516 13,504
1.3% 2.4%
8.6 7.6
22 days ago 3 days ago
Python JavaScript
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Jinja2. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-19.


Posts with mentions or reviews of markdown-it. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-20.
  • v
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/test_lab | 20 May 2022
  • Is Astro ready for your blog?
    20 projects | dev.to | 24 Apr 2022
    Comparison: By default, Eleventy uses Markdown-it; like Astro, Gatsby and Next.js use Remark; and Hugo uses goldmark. As for Astro’s ability to mix components and Markdown on a page, probably the closest analogy to this is the use of MDX files in Gatsby and Next.js; Eleventy and Hugo can’t do this (however, see also “Components,” below, for some words on how Eleventy and Hugo use shortcodes which can provide some degree of code-in-Markdown functionality). Note that migrating an existing site to Astro from any of these other platforms probably will involve far more editing to your existing Markdown content than if you were migrating between two of the non-Astro platforms in this mix.
  • How to render Markdown files? (I'm using React)
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/learnprogramming | 3 Apr 2022
    There's a million and one answers here, the easiest to implement would be a straight js script like https://github.com/markdown-it/markdown-it
  • Panwriter – Distraction-free Markdown editor with pandoc integration
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Jan 2022
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Jan 2022
  • Daily thread
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/shamelessplug | 27 Dec 2021
    markdown-it - Markdown parser done right. Fast and easy to extend.
  • Tree-sitter for markdown
    11 projects | reddit.com/r/neovim | 14 Dec 2021
  • Tale of the Tape: Highlight.js vs Shiki
    2 projects | dev.to | 12 Nov 2021
    This post will compare two popular packages that work with markdown-it for syntax highlighting in JavaScript, highlight.js, and shiki.
  • Lab #6: Experience a mature SSG project
    3 projects | dev.to | 30 Oct 2021
    This week lab, we got a chance to play around with Docusaurus. You can check out my Docusaurus and GitHub Pages hosted site. It was fast and straight forward to set up a Docusaurus project, the doc is crystal clear. During the time exploring Docusaurus, I want to have full markdown support for my project and syntax Highlighting for code blocks base on what Docusaurus did. After I was allow to use a proper library to have full markdown support for my website, I found markdown-it a library that fully help my project to implement full makrdown support. My code transform to this:
  • Lab 6 - Adding Docusaurus features
    2 projects | dev.to | 30 Oct 2021
    I decided to use a third party package to have the full markdown feature + highlight with highlight.js. Issue#24

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Jinja2 and markdown-it you can also consider the following projects:

Mako - Mirror of Mako Templates for Python - gitthub main is now at https://github.com/sqlalchemy/mako

Chameleon - Fast HTML/XML template engine for Python

remark - remark is a popular tool that transforms markdown with plugins. These plugins can inspect and change your markup. You can use remark on the server, the client, CLIs, deno, etc.

marked - A markdown parser and compiler. Built for speed.

dash - Analytical Web Apps for Python, R, Julia, and Jupyter. No JavaScript Required.

Template Render Engine - Template Render Engine

cookiecutter - A cross-platform command-line utility that creates projects from cookiecutters (project templates), e.g. Python package projects, C projects.

Python-Markdown - A Python implementation of John Gruber’s Markdown with Extension support.

PEG.js - PEG.js: Parser generator for JavaScript

Django-Template - An awesome way to kickstart your Django projects!

nearley - 📜🔜🌲 Simple, fast, powerful parser toolkit for JavaScript.

js-yaml - JavaScript YAML parser and dumper. Very fast.