Python-Markdown VS MyST-Parser

Compare Python-Markdown vs MyST-Parser and see what are their differences.


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


An extended commonmark compliant parser, with bridges to docutils/sphinx (by executablebooks)
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Python-Markdown MyST-Parser
7 2
2,868 416
1.8% 8.7%
5.3 8.5
4 days ago 5 days ago
Python Python
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Python-Markdown. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-26.
  • Spell checking Markdown documents using a Github action
    4 projects | | 26 Apr 2022
    Now we have to add a configuration file for the spelling checker. It uses PySpelling under the hood. When checking Markdown files, it first converts a Markdown text file's buffer using Python Markdown and returns a single SourceText object containing the text as HTML. Then it captures the HTML content, comments, and even attributes and performs the check. It has a lot of configuration options, but here we are going to see only an example with some basics. For further info you can read the docs of the rojopolis/spellcheck-github-actions Github action.
  • What library/how to write nice documentation of experiments directly from python
    2 projects | | 13 Dec 2021
    Otherwise, I would use markdown with Python Markdown.
    2 projects | | 13 Dec 2021
  • How I Refactored my Code
    2 projects | | 15 Oct 2021
    To resolve the above issue, I thought the best approach was to avoid reinventing the wheel and save myself hours of debugging: use a third-party library. After implementing a Python implementation of John Gruber’s Markdown, 36 lines of code were cut down to a single function call. I've not benchmarked my SSG after the change, but in terms of code readability, it's certainly worth the overhead caused by the library.
  • Writing a “bare metal” operating system for Raspberry Pi 4
    3 projects | | 6 Oct 2021
    Wait wait I'm not that good in Rust. In fact I wanna use this opportunity to learn Rust. As an ML engineer and automation specialist I rarely get to work with anything but Python. I'm working on this in Golang (I'm actually contemplating giving it up because EVERYONE told me not to use Regex to parse and I did!) and then I'm tryna find something interesting to do in Rust -- I've made some stuff such as a web scraper and a simple endpoint. This project will come much later, like, 6 months from now.
  • How I create GitHub project reporting from scratch
    10 projects | | 5 Mar 2021
    For this purpose, I tried markdown library. It's good to create markdown files and very convenient in working with text and tables. However, it renders the content in html without any styles. Hence, the result was far from a pretty looking markdown in editors.
  • What is faster: parsing content to markdown in Python (backend) or in Javascript (frontend)?
    1 project | | 2 Mar 2021
    I meant to use Markdown and no C-library. My ultimate goal is to make the website load faster.


Posts with mentions or reviews of MyST-Parser. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-04-16.
  • On Yak Shaving and, a New HTML Element for Markdown
    1 project | | 26 Nov 2021 :

    > MyST is a rich and extensible flavor of Markdown meant for technical documentation and publishing.

    > MyST is a flavor of markdown that is designed for simplicity, flexibility, and extensibility. This repository serves as the reference implementation of MyST Markdown, as well as a collection of tools to support working with MyST in Python and Sphinx. It contains an extended CommonMark-compliant parser using markdown-it-py, as well as a Sphinx extension that allows you to write MyST Markdown in Sphinx. :

    > *Follows the CommonMark spec for baseline parsing;

  • A step towards educating with Spyder
    4 projects | | 16 Apr 2021
    This project is just the first step towards making Spyder an educational tool. In the future, we hope that we can develop the infrastructure necessary to support in-IDE tutorials, by improving the tools like Jupyter Book, sphinx-thebe, MyST-Parser which will provide better integration to write educational tutorials.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Python-Markdown and MyST-Parser you can also consider the following projects:

markdown2 - markdown2: A fast and complete implementation of Markdown in Python

Mistune - A fast yet powerful Python Markdown parser with renderers and plugins.

Jinja2 - A very fast and expressive template engine.

mistletoe - A fast, extensible and spec-compliant Markdown parser in pure Python.

jupyter-book - Create beautiful, publication-quality books and documents from computational content.

sphinx-diagrams - Rough Sphinx extension for diagrams

pymorphy2 - Morphological analyzer / inflection engine for Russian and Ukrainian languages.

github-flavored-markdown-to-html - Convert markdown to HTML using the GitHub API and some additional tweaks with Python. Comes with full formula support and image compression.

sphinxcontrib-mermaid - Mermaid diagrams in yours sphinx powered docs

Kaitai Struct - Kaitai Struct: declarative language to generate binary data parsers in C++ / C# / Go / Java / JavaScript / Lua / Perl / PHP / Python / Ruby

sphinx-thebe - A Sphinx extension to convert static code into interactive code cells with Jupyter, Thebe, and Binder.

Altair - Declarative statistical visualization library for Python