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A command line program to convert markdown files into anki decks.

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Markdown anki decks is a simple program to convert markdown files into anki decks.

# The h1 tag is the deck title

## The h2 tags are the questions

The markdown content between h2 tags are the answers.

Markdown anki decks uses the question to uniquely identify the card. You can change the card contents without losing your progress on the card. Markdown anki decks can be reimported without creating duplicates.


Make sure you have a python version of 3.7 or greater installed.

pip install markdown-anki-decks

This will install the mdankideck cli tool.


Markdown anki decks converts all markdown files in an input directory to apkg files. The apkg files are stored in an output directory.

  1. Create the input directory mkdir input.

  2. Create the output directory mkdir output.

  3. Create a markdown file in the input directory.

    <!-- input/ -->
    # Deck Title
    ## Card Title
    card contents.
    ## Second Card Title
    card contents 2.
  4. Run mdankideck input output to convert the markdown files in the input directory to apkg files in the output directory.

  5. Import apkg files as decks into anki.


Run mdankideck input output to convert the markdown files in the input directory to apkg files in the output directory.

  INPUT_DIR            [required]           The input directory containing markdown files. Browsed recursively.
  OUTPUT_DIR           [required]           The output directory for storing apkg files.
  [SYNC]               [default: False]     Whether to sync the decks to anki
  [DECK_TITLE_PREFIX]  [default: ]          A prefix added to every deck title
  [DELETE_CARDS]       [default: False]     Whether to delete cards from anki during sync. If sync is false this has no effect.


Markdown anki decks can use AnkiConnect to sync the created decks immediately to anki. First you need to install AnkiConnect as an add on in Anki. Then you need to set the Sync Argument to true. By default if you delete a question in markdown we do not delete the question in Anki during sync. However you can delete missing questions in Anki during sync by setting Delete cards to true.

If you see an error message Unable to reach anki connect. Make sure anki is running and the Anki Connect addon is installed., make sure you have installed anki connect and that you are running anki.


You can use the Deck title prefix option to make all your markdown decks part of a single subdeck. Anki automatically creates subdecks based on deck names.

Decks can contain other decks, which allows you to organize decks into a tree. Anki uses “::” to show different levels. A deck called “Chinese::Hanzi” refers to a “Hanzi” deck, which is part of a “Chinese” deck. If you select “Hanzi” then only the Hanzi cards will be shown; if you select “Chinese” then all Chinese cards, including Hanzi cards, will be shown. Source

I use a prefix md:: to store all my markdown decks in a subdeck called md.


Markdown anki decks support images which are stored in the same folder as the markdown file they are referenced by.

![my-image](image.jpg) will work because it is in the same folder as the markdown file.

![my-image](./images/image.jpg) will not work because it is in a different folder than the markdown file.

All images must have unique filenames even if they are stored in different folders.

These are limitations of anki not Markdown anki decks.

Styling Cards

The cards are styled with minimal css markdown.css. Syntax highlighting is provided via pygments. The syntax highlighting uses the pygments default theme. The styling is not currently customizable by the user but that functionality can be added if it is desired.

Markdown Features

Most commonly used markdown features should work without any issues. If there is a Markdown feature you want to use and it is supported by one of the official extensions for python-markdown there is good chance it can be added to the project. Check out to see the list of currently enabled extensions. (Search for extensions=)


Markdown anki decks makes some assumptions to enable syncing. Cards are uniquely identified by their deck name and question. If you change the deck name or the question you will lose the card history. All deck names must be unique. All questions in a single deck must be unique. Identical questions in separate decks are ok.


The markdown files are parsed with python-markdown. The resulting html is then parsed with beautifulsoup. Finally the cards are created with genanki. The cli is implemented using typer and the program is packaged using poetry.


Happy to discuss additional features if you open up an issue.

We use commitizen for commits. Run poetry run cz commit to make a commit.

Run poetry run mdankideck testData/input testData/output True "test::" True to convert the test data into decks.

Run poetry run pygmentize -S default -f html -a .codehilite > ./markdown_anki_decks/styles/pygments.css to create a pygments stylesheet. The -S flag is used to specify the style. Run poetry run pygmentize -L style to list the styles pygmentize can use. Replace default with any of the styles to use a different style.


Run poetry run cz bump --check-consistency to update the changelog and create a tag.

Run poetry publish --build to publish the pack to pypi.

git push --tags && git push to update github.

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