Suckless markdown viewer

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A suckless markdown viewer.


Table of contents


LiteMDview is a lightweight, extremely fast markdown viewer with lots of useful features. One of them is ability to use your prefered text editor to edit markdown files, every time you save the file, litemdview reloads those changes (I call it live-reload). It has a convinient navigation through local directories, has support for a basic "git-like" folders hierarchy as well as vimwiki projects.


  • Does not use any of those bloated gecko(servo)-blink engines
  • Lightweight and fast
  • Live reload
  • Convinient key bindings
  • Supports text zooming
  • Supports images
  • Supports links
  • Navigation history
  • Cool name which associates with 1337, at least for me :)
  • Builtin markdown css themes
  • Supports emoji™️
  • vimwiki support
  • Basic html support (very simple offline documents in html)
  • Syntax highlighting

It is a full featured offline browser for a markdown websites and some basic html.

Command Line Use

Usage: litemdview
    -p print html into stdout and exit
    -t  of theme to use
    -s  load external css
    -a print links into stdout
    -h show this information
    -v version

For instance, if I want to convert a single file into index.html using second theme, I just do:

litemdview -t 2 -p > index.html


There is -s style.css option which makes litemdview use the stylesheet by default. If you want to make a permanent changes, you should copy your custom stylesheet into $HOME/.litemdview file, and it will be loaded every time you launch litemdview. Please note that your default theme gets number 0 and zero theme moves to 3.

To usea a specific theme by default, you can use an alias for your sh, for example:


alias litemdview='litemdview -t 2'

Vifm settings:


" Markdown
filetype *.md
      \ {View in litemdview}
      \ litemdview %f,
      \ {View in vim}
      \ vim %f

Key Bindings

Key Action
q Quit
? Markdown cheatsheet
o Open address bar
Esc Close address bar

Navigation keys

Key Action
h Go back in history
l Go forward in history
j,ctrl+n Scroll down
k,ctrl+p Scroll up
ctrl+f Page down
ctrl+b Page up
g Home
G End
+ Zoom text in
- Zoom text out
= Reset zoom
0 Default theme
1 Light theme
2 Dark theme

Using Mouse

The navigation through multiple markdown pages using links - involves mouse. The click on mouse button2 gets you back in web history and ctrl + mouse wheel helps to change font size for the page. In general, clicking works as usual.


To successfully build the project you need to make sure you have a working g++ environment installed and configured. The C++ version of GTK library must be installed as well, it mainly consists of following list of packages:

  • gtkmm-3.0 gtkmm - C++ binding for the GTK+ toolkit
  • gdkmm-3.0 gdkmm - C++ binding for the GDK drawing kit

How to install

Make sure all the dependencies are installed.

The build and installation process is simple:

make install


  • Keyboard navigation through links


The litemdview uses a number of opensource components, such as:

  • discount - markdown parser
  • litehtml - html render

The litemdview itslef is published under GPLv2 license:

 This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
 modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
 as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 GNU General Public License for more details.
 Author: g0tsu
 Email:  g0tsu at dnmx.0rg