Use Quick Look Plugins To View Markdown And Other Files, Right In The Finder

Do you use Markdown to write for the web, or for publishing? And does it drive you crazy that every time you search through the Finder for your documents, you have to open them up in a text editor just to see which one is which?

Sure, you could use meaningful file names to identify them, but who has time for that? What you need is QLMarkdown, a neat Quick Look plugin for the Mac.

You are already familiar with Quick Look. It’s the OS X feature that pops up a preview of a file right there in the Finder when you hit the spacebar. It works for text files, pictures, movies – just about anything. But dod you know that you can add plugins to support extra file types? For years I used a plugin to show EXIF data on my photos (although I have since forgotten its name). And now I can see the contents of all the articles I bang out here daily, without leaving the Finder.

The plugin is super-easy to use. Just download it from the GithHub link below, copy it to either ~/Library/QuickLook or /Library/QuickLook (the former makes it available to you only, the latter to any user of your Mac) and you’re done. If you don’t see it working right away, you can run a quick terminal command to refresh things.

Not a Markdown user? Then try Googling around for Quick Look plugins for your favorite non-supported file types. A lot of times an app will install its own plugin, but you’d be surprised at just how many are out there.

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