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cat for Markdown (that is, CommonMark):

$ mdcat

mdcat showcase with different colour themes

mdcat in iTerm2, with Dracula, and Solarized Light and Dark (from left to right), and PragmataPro as font.


mdcat works best with iTerm2 or a compatible terminal emulator, and a good terminal font with italic characters. Then it

  • nicely renders all basic CommonMark syntax (no tables or footnotes though),
  • highlights code blocks with syntect,
  • shows links and images inline in supported terminals (see above, where “Pixabay” is a clickable link!),
  • adds jump marks for headings in iTerm2 (jump forwards and backwards with ⇧⌘↓ and ⇧⌘↑).
Terminal Basic syntax Syntax highlighting Links Images Jump marks
Basic ANSI
Windows ConEmu
Windows 10 console
Generic VTE 0.50 or newer¹

¹) VTE is Gnome’s terminal emulation library used by many popular terminal emulators on Linux, including Gnome Terminal, Xfce Terminal, Tilix, etc.

Not supported:



The Releases page provides pre-build binaries for Linux, macOS and Windows.

Note: The Linux build is statically linked and requires the curl command to fetch images from HTTP(S).

3rd party packages

Some package repositories include mdcat:

Building with rustup

You can also build mdcat manually with cargo install mdcat.

SVG support

mdcat needs rsvg-convert to show SVG images in iTerm2 and kitty; otherwise mdcat only shows the image title and URL for SVG images. On macOS you can install the librsvg formula from Homebrew, on Linux the tool is typically part of the librsvg-bin package (or similar).

Terminology renders SVG directly and needs no additional tools.

Future plans


Copyright Sebastian Wiesner

Binaries are subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0, see LICENSE.

Most of the source is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0, see LICENSE, unless otherwise noted; some files are subject to the terms of the Apache 2.0 license, see