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Reading markdown files with parsedown

Read me files on GitHub are written in Markdown, I wanted to be able to grab the contents of a readme.md file and use it as HTML. This is where Parsedown comes in.

Parsedown is a Markdown parser for PHP, once included converting Markdown to html is as simple as passing the html to it’s text function:

include('parsedown.php');
$html = file_get_contents('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/simple-mvc-framework/framework/master/README.md');
$Parsedown = new Parsedown();
echo $Parsedown->text($html);

That’s it! nice and simple.

For more information on using Parsedown with PHP see this video:

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.