fast, pure-Ruby Markdown-superset converter

Download & Installation


Since kramdown is written in Ruby, you just need the Ruby interpreter, version 1.8.5, 1.8.6, 1.8.7, 1.9.2, 1.9.3 or 2.x. There are no other dependencies.

Compatibility Notes

kramdown should work on any platform which supports Ruby. It has been successfully tested on the following platforms:

See the platform specific installation notes for more information!

Platform Specific Installation Instructions


There are a variety of Linux distributions out there with different package management systems. So we will focus on instructions for Ubuntu 15.04 here (which should probably also work for any newer Ubuntu version or any recent Debian based distribution).

After running the following commands, kramdown is installed and ready to use:

sudo apt-get install ruby
sudo gem install kramdown

Mac OS X

Mac OS X Snow Leopard comes with Ruby and Rubygems preinstalled. So installing kramdown is as easy as running:

sudo gem install kramdown


You need to install Ruby first. This can easily be done by using the RubyInstaller - just download the installation binary and run it. After that open a command shell (select Start -> Run..., then enter cmd and click on Ok) and type in the following:

gem install kramdown

Generic Installation Instructions

Using Rubygems

If you are using Rubygems, installing the latest version of kramdown is as simple as executing

gem install kramdown

Manual Installation

The latest version of kramdown can always be downloaded as .tar.gz or .zip via the Github releases page. After the download the package needs to be decompressed and then you can install kramdown using the included setup.rb installation method:

$ ruby setup.rb config
$ ruby setup.rb setup
$ ruby setup.rb install

Using the repository version

kramdown uses git as its versioning system and kramdown’s repository is hosted on GitHub. The repository always contains a clean state of the current development version of kramdown. To check out kramdown use the following command:

 git clone git://