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Markdown component for React using remark.

Learn markdown here and check out the demo here.



npm install react-markdown

Why this one?

There are other ways for markdown in React out there so why use this one? The two main reasons are that they often rely on dangerouslySetInnerHTML or have bugs with how they handle markdown. react-markdown uses a syntax tree to build the virtual dom which allows for updating only the changing DOM instead of completely overwriting. react-markdown is 100% CommonMark (optionally GFM) compliant and has extensions to support custom syntax.


A basic hello world:

import React from 'react'
import ReactMarkdown from 'react-markdown'
import {render} from 'react-dom'

render(<ReactMarkdown># Hello, *world*!</ReactMarkdown>, document.body)
Show equivalent JSX
  Hello, <em>world</em>!

Here is an example using requires, passing the markdown as a string, and how to use a plugin (remark-gfm, which adds support for strikethrough, tables, tasklists and URLs directly):

const React = require('react')
const ReactMarkdown = require('react-markdown')
const render = require('react-dom').render
const gfm = require('remark-gfm')

const markdown = `Just a link: https://reactjs.com.`

render(<ReactMarkdown plugins={[gfm]} children={markdown} />, document.body)
Show equivalent JSX
  Just a link: <a href="https://reactjs.com">https://reactjs.com</a>.



  • children (string, default: '')
    Markdown to parse
  • className (string?)
    Wrap the markdown in a div with this class name
  • allowDangerousHtml (boolean, default: false)
    This project is safe by default and escapes HTML. Use allowDangerousHtml: true to allow dangerous html instead. See security
  • skipHtml (boolean, default: false)
    Ignore HTML in Markdown
  • sourcePos (boolean, default: false)
    Pass a prop to all renderers with a serialized position (data-sourcepos="3:1-3:13")
  • rawSourcePos (boolean, default: false)
    Pass a prop to all renderers with their position (sourcePosition: {start: {line: 3, column: 1}, end:…})
  • includeNodeIndex (boolean, default: false)
    Pass index and parentChildCount in props to all renderers
  • allowedTypes (Array.<string>, default: list of all types)
    Node types to allow (can’t combine w/ disallowedTypes). All types are available at ReactMarkdown.types
  • disallowedTypes (Array.<string>, default: [])
    Node types to disallow (can’t combine w/ allowedTypes)
  • allowNode ((node, index, parent) => boolean?, optional)
    Function called to check if a node is allowed (when truthy) or not. allowedTypes / disallowedTypes is used first!
  • unwrapDisallowed (boolean, default: false)
    Extract (unwrap) the children of not allowed nodes. By default, when strong is not allowed, it and it’s content is dropped, but with unwrapDisallowed the node itself is dropped but the content used
  • linkTarget (string or (url, text, title) => string, optional)
    Target to use on links (such as _blank for <a target="_blank"…)
  • transformLinkUri ((uri) => string, default: ./uri-transformer.js, optional)
    URL to use for links. The default allows only http, https, mailto, and tel, and is available at ReactMarkdown.uriTransformer. Pass null to allow all URLs. See security
  • transformImageUri ((uri) => string, default: ./uri-transformer.js, optional)
    Same as transformLinkUri but for images
  • renderers (Object.<Component>, default: {})
    Object mapping node types to React components. Merged with the default renderers (available at ReactMarkdown.renderers). Which props are passed varies based on the node
  • plugins (Array.<Plugin>, default: [])
    List of remark plugins to use. See the next section for examples on how to pass options


Use a plugin

This example shows how to use a plugin. In this case, remark-gfm, which adds support for strikethrough, tables, tasklists and URLs directly:

import React from 'react'
import ReactMarkdown from 'react-markdown'
import {render} from 'react-dom'
import gfm from 'remark-gfm'

const markdown = `A paragraph with *emphasis* and **strong importance**.

> A block quote with ~strikethrough~ and a URL: https://reactjs.org.

* Lists
* [ ] todo
* [x] done

A table:

| a | b |
| - | - |

render(<ReactMarkdown plugins={[gfm]} children={markdown} />, document.body)
Show equivalent JSX
    A paragraph with <em>emphasis</em> and <strong>strong importance</strong>.
      A block quote with <del>strikethrough</del> and a URL:{' '}
      <a href="https://reactjs.org">https://reactjs.org</a>.
      <input checked={false} readOnly={true} type="checkbox" /> todo
      <input checked={true} readOnly={true} type="checkbox" /> done
  <p>A table:</p>

Use a plugin with options

This example shows how to use a plugin and give it options. To do that, use an array with the plugin at the first place, and the options second. remark-gfm has an option to allow only double tildes for strikethrough:

import React from 'react'
import ReactMarkdown from 'react-markdown'
import {render} from 'react-dom'
import gfm from 'remark-gfm'

  <ReactMarkdown plugins={[[gfm, {singleTilde: false}]]}>
    This ~is not~ strikethrough, but ~~this is~~!
Show equivalent JSX
  This ~is not~ strikethrough, but <del>this is</del>!

Use custom renderers (syntax highlight)

This example shows how you can overwrite the normal handling of a node by passing a renderer. In this case, we apply syntax highlighting with the seriously super amazing react-syntax-highlighter by @conorhastings:

import React from 'react'
import ReactMarkdown from 'react-markdown'
import {Prism as SyntaxHighlighter} from 'react-syntax-highlighter'
import {dark} from 'react-syntax-highlighter/dist/esm/styles/prism'
import {render} from 'react-dom'

const renderers = {
  code: ({language, value}) => {
    return <SyntaxHighlighter style={dark} language={language} children={value} />

// Did you know you can use tildes instead of backticks for code in markdown? ✨
const markdown = `Here is some JavaScript code:

console.log('It works!')

render(<ReactMarkdown renderers={renderers} children={markdown} />, document.body)
Show equivalent JSX
  <p>Here is some JavaScript code:</p>
  <SyntaxHighlighter language="js" style={dark} children="console.log('It works!')" />

Use a plugin and custom renderers (math)

This example shows how a syntax extension is used to support math in markdown that adds new node types (remark-math), which are then handled by renderers to use react-katex:

import React from 'react'
import ReactMarkdown from 'react-markdown'
import {InlineMath, BlockMath} from 'react-katex'
import {render} from 'react-dom'
import math from 'remark-math'
import 'katex/dist/katex.min.css' // `react-katex` does not import the CSS for you

const renderers = {
  inlineMath: ({value}) => <InlineMath math={value} />,
  math: ({value}) => <BlockMath math={value} />

    children={`The lift coefficient ($C_L$) is a dimensionless coefficient.`}
Show equivalent JSX
  The lift coefficient (<InlineMath math="C_L" />) is a dimensionless coefficient.

Appendix A: HTML in markdown

react-markdown typically escapes HTML (or ignores it, with skipHtml), because it is dangerous and defeats the purpose of this library.

However, if you are in a trusted environment (you trust the markdown), you can react-markdown/with-html:

const React = require('react')
const ReactMarkdownWithHtml = require('react-markdown/with-html')
const render = require('react-dom').render

const markdown = `
This Markdown contains <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML">HTML</a>, and will require the <code>html-parser</code> AST plugin to be loaded, in addition to setting the <code class="prop">allowDangerousHtml</code> property to false.

render(<ReactMarkdownWithHtml children={markdown} allowDangerousHtml />, document.body)
Show equivalent JSX
  This Markdown contains <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML">HTML</a>, and will require
  the <code>html-parser</code> AST plugin to be loaded, in addition to setting the{' '}
  <code className="prop">allowDangerousHtml</code> property to false.

If you want to specify options for the HTML parsing step, you can instead import the extension directly:

const ReactMarkdown = require('react-markdown')
const htmlParser = require('react-markdown/plugins/html-parser')

// For more info on the processing instructions, see
// <https://github.com/aknuds1/html-to-react#with-custom-processing-instructions>
const parseHtml = htmlParser({
  isValidNode: (node) => node.type !== 'script',
  processingInstructions: [
    /* ... */

<ReactMarkdown astPlugins={[parseHtml]} allowDangerousHtml children={markdown} />

Appendix B: Node types

The node types available by default are:

  • root — Whole document
  • text — Text (foo)
  • break — Hard break (<br>)
  • paragraph — Paragraph (<p>)
  • emphasis — Emphasis (<em>)
  • strong — Strong (<strong>)
  • thematicBreak — Horizontal rule (<hr>)
  • blockquote — Block quote (<blockquote>)
  • link — Link (<a>)
  • image — Image (<img>)
  • linkReference — Link through a reference (<a>)
  • imageReference — Image through a reference (<img>)
  • list — List (<ul> or <ol>)
  • listItem — List item (<li>)
  • definition — Definition for a reference (not rendered)
  • heading — Heading (<h1> through <h6>)
  • inlineCode — Inline code (<code>)
  • code — Block of code (<pre><code>)
  • html — HTML node (Best-effort rendering)
  • virtualHtml — If allowDangerousHtml is not on and skipHtml is off, a naive HTML parser is used to support basic HTML
  • parsedHtml — If allowDangerousHtml is on, skipHtml is off, and html-parser is used, more advanced HTML is supported

With remark-gfm, the following are also available:

  • delete — Delete text (<del>)
  • table — Table (<table>)
  • tableHead — Table head (<thead>)
  • tableBody — Table body (<tbody>)
  • tableRow — Table row (<tr>)
  • tableCell — Table cell (<td> or <th>)


Use of react-markdown is secure by default. Overwriting transformLinkUri or transformImageUri to something insecure or turning allowDangerousHtml on, will open you up to XSS vectors. Furthermore, the plugins you use and renderers you write may be insecure.


  • MDX — JSX in markdown
  • remark-gfm — Plugin for GitHub flavored markdown support


See contributing.md in remarkjs/.github for ways to get started. See support.md for ways to get help.

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