Markdown Editor

Alias: Umbraco.MarkdownEditor

Returns: System.Web.HtmlString

This built-in editor allow the user to use the markdown formatting options, from within a tinyMCE-like interface.

Data Type Definition Example

There are three settings available for manipulating the Markdown editor property.

  • Preview toggles if a preview of the markdown should be displayed beneath the editor in the content view.

  • Default value is inserted if no content has been saved to the Document Type using this property editor.

  • Overlay Size is used to select the width of the link picker overlay in the content view.

Content Example

Explanation of buttons from left to right

FunctionShortcutFurther explanation

toggle bold text

Ctrl + B

toggle italic text

Ctrl + I

insert link

Ctrl + L

This opens the Select Link interface.

toggle quote

Ctrl + Q

toggle code block

Ctrl + K

insert image

Ctrl + G

This opens the Select Media interface.

toggle ordered list

Ctrl + O

toggle unordered list

Ctrl + U

toggle heading

Ctrl + H

This toggles between h1, h2 and off.

toggle a hr


Ctrl + Z


Ctrl + Y

Other functionality


select all

Ctrl + A


Ctrl + C


Ctrl + V

MVC View Example

With Modelsbuilder


Without Modelsbuilder


Add values programmatically

See the example below to see how a value can be added or changed programmatically. To update a value of a property editor you need the Content Service.

@using Umbraco.Cms.Core.Services;
@inject IContentService Services;
    // Get access to ContentService
    var contentService = Services;

    // Create a variable for the GUID of the page you want to update
    var guid = Guid.Parse("32e60db4-1283-4caa-9645-f2153f9888ef");

    // Get the page using the GUID you've defined
    var content = contentService.GetById(guid); // ID of your page

    // Create markdown value
    var markdownValue = new HtmlString("#heading  \n**strong text**");
    // Set the value of the property with alias 'myMarkdownEditor'. 
    content.SetValue("myMarkdownEditor", markdownValue);

    // Save the change

Although the use of a GUID is preferable, you can also use the numeric ID to get the page:

    // Get the page using it's id
    var content = contentService.GetById(1234); 

If Modelsbuilder is enabled you can get the alias of the desired property without using a magic string:

@using Umbraco.Cms.Core.PublishedCache;
@inject IPublishedSnapshotAccessor _publishedSnapshotAccessor;
    // Set the value of the property with alias 'myMarkdownEditor'
    content.SetValue(Home.GetModelPropertyType(_publishedSnapshotAccessor, x => x.MyMarkdownEditor).Alias, markdownValue);

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