CommonMark parsing and rendering library and program in C (by commonmark)

Cmark Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to cmark

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a better cmark alternative or higher similarity.

cmark discussion

Log in or Post with

cmark reviews and mentions

Posts with mentions or reviews of cmark. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-03-29.
  • Ask HN: What's the simplest static website generator?
    10 projects | | 29 Mar 2024
    I use GNU make. Write content in markdown, feed it to to create html. I intended to splice files together using xslt but echo and cat written in the makefile sufficed.

    I'm not totally sure I'd recommend that but I do like the markdown => html flow.

  • Building a Personal Internet from Markdown Files
    3 projects | | 7 Jan 2024
    I seem to be in the middle of trying to build something similar to this. I want it to run on an android phone but otherwise the same sort of idea, offline-first information I want access to.

    There's some weirdness around android browsers refusing to load html from the phone itself on security grounds. The OP uses a "progressive web app" which seems to be the proper way to do this at some point in the past, but firefox has killed that for some reason. Thus the most difficult part of the project seems to be persuading my phone to render html without copying the files to some server (or running a fileserver on the phone itself, to look at from the phone, which seems absurd).

    What I can offer for people stumbling down the same path:

    - Obsidian works fine as for ad hoc authoring of markdown while walking around

    - It is known on stack overflow that markdown can't be sanely parsed into an AST

    - That knowledge is kind of a branding misfire, the 'markdown' one is looking for is here

    - That cmark binary + some foreach-file style script will turn markdown into html or xml. If you choose makefile and put spaces in the name of files you'll have a moderately bad few minutes cursing your tools

    - Given that output xml/html, you can build whatever other html you see fit

    - That html can be written back to the obsidian vault and opened by a phone browser (at least if it's a single file)

    - CSS thus far appears to be required, I was really hoping to annotate the html instead

    First 90% done here, second 90% to go.

  • commonmark/cmark: CommonMark standard-based Markdown parsing and rendering library and program in C
    1 project | /r/Clibs | 11 Sep 2021
  • Using Rust with Elixir for code reuse and performance
    4 projects | | 19 Aug 2021
    Yeah no doubt it, although in this case the C implementation has been a long running project that's under the official commonmark GitHub repo at

    But I think the most important thing here is an Elixir NIF already exists to use it. The blog post as is leaves readers having to implement ~100 lines of Elixir code to use the Rust version because the authors of blog post didn't include that in the article, or open source it as a library for others to use.

    So from a reader's POV, if your goal is to get a highly stable, fast and safe Markdown parser running in Elixir, the Elixir cmark library I linked in a parent comment solves that problem out of the box.

  • Share Your Tasks That Help You Use Tasker!
    1 project | /r/tasker | 17 Aug 2021
  • How do I link and use a c library?
    2 projects | /r/Zig | 13 Aug 2021
    I'm confused about how to use a c library (specifically, cmark) from zig.
  • My favorite cli/tui programs:
    43 projects | /r/commandline | 15 Jul 2021
    Writing Documents Markdown (and md2pdf or cmark + html2ps + ps2pdf) / plain text / groff
  • Presenting SwiftDown my markdown live editor package
    2 projects | /r/swift | 5 Apr 2021
    It's built on top of cmark which make it fast, and use pure markdown without any proprietary format. It currently supports both macOS and iOS.
  • Thoughts on lex/GNU Flex?
    3 projects | /r/suckless | 24 Feb 2021
    However, writing a proper markdown parser is quite difficult as you have to support nesting and many weird corner cases. So, if you do not need to write your own parser (e.g. for learning purposes), it would be a lot easier to use an existing parser and write a custom renderer for roff. Some such parsers are cmark, commonmark.js, and goldmark.
  • My stack will outlive yours
    8 projects | | 7 Jan 2021
    I just use the small reference C implementation of CommonMark and it works great:

    There is an example where you load it via shared library in Python, i.e. send a Markdown string and get back an HTML string.

  • A note from our sponsor - InfluxDB | 21 Jun 2024
    Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality. Learn more →


Basic cmark repo stats
about 1 month ago

commonmark/cmark is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 or later which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of cmark is C.

Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale
Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.