- by valvaldon, a month agoRated 4 out of 5On Windows (8.1) this extension works impeccably. It is indispensable for markdown viewing around the web and on local files.
That being said, I had issues making it work on Ubuntu (21.10). None of the solutions on the README page seemed to work (although it did previously). Finally (after many hours) I found the culprit: the snap installation of Firefox. After removing this problematic snap installation and reinstalling Firefox via get-apt, it started working again.
If I had this extension on Windows only, then I'd give it 5 stars hands down. However, the lack of a streamline installation on Linux systems brings it down to 4 stars. Nonetheless, it is an excellent extension imperative for markdown files.
Developer responseposted a month agoThanks for your feedback @valvaldon. snap is quite new and we’re not sure yet why is messes with the extension but we’re working on it (https://github.com/KeithLRobertson/markdown-viewer/issues/86) as soon as a fix is found it will be shipped, or if there is a workaround we’ll add it to the docs.
- by Tom Davey, a year agoRated 5 out of 5I had a Markdown file (*.md) on disk I needed to render and print. It took about 30 seconds to install this extension, drag-and-drop the file onto a Firefox window, and boom, there's the rendered version of the file displayed as intended. I'm using Firefox 84.0.1 on Windows 10. Thank you!
- by James Cherry, a year agoRated 1 out of 5This used to work really well. With firefox 83.0 on OSX 14.1 it cannot render a local file. I wasted way too many hours trying all the work-arounds described in the github page and on superuser. None of them worked.
Developer responseposted a year agoI’m sorry to hear about your experience. Local files are tough to handle between the mime types, operating systems, Firefox… Hopefully the support will improve with future Firefox versions, but I’m afraid there’s nothing more the add-on could be doing.
- by Firefox user 15884064, a year agoRated 4 out of 5The syntax highlighting options are nice, but if you have an URL in a code block, the double-slash is interpreted as a JS comment.
- by Firefox user 15235351, 2 years agoRated 1 out of 5Considered installing but the excessive permission requirements put me off.
Please be clear WHY the extension needs 'Access your data for all websites' as a permission requirement if it will be accessing only local data.
- by Firefox user 15126385, 2 years agoRated 4 out of 5It took me a while to even get it to do anything. I would appreciate proper instructions on how to use the extension.
This is not a problem with this extension, rather with Firefox. Whenever I open markdown files in firefox, it just wants to download them. I ended up having to change the mimetype text/plain to also include the extensions .md and .markdown. See here: https://superuser.com/questions/696361/how-to-get-the-markdown-viewer-addon-of-firefox-to-work-on-linux/1175837#1175837
The way the superuser article fixes the problem involves making all markdown files part of the text/plain mimetype but other apps on KDE (and possibly other 'DEs) use the text/markdown mimetype differently than text/plain. So I went into about:config and changed helpers.private_mime_types_file to a custom file (e.g. ~/.firefox-mime.types) to separate firefox's mimetypes from my system. I then added "text/plain md markdown" in that file. The problem is due to the way firefox handles files and mimetypes.
I am unable to change the code style in the markdown-viewer menu which is very frustrating, the markdown style does work.