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Markdown for RichText content in Mezzanine.

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This package provides widgets and filters for mezzanine that enable admins to use markdown formatting to create their site content, rather than using the tinymce editor to generate html used in rich content types, such as rich pages and blog posts.


Get the package


user@home:~$ pip install mezzanine-mdown


user@home:~$ easy_install mezzanine-mdown

Prep the static media

Using the excellent staticfiles app, mdown’s static files should get picked up automatically.

If the staticfiles app is not your style, you’ll need to locate the install location for the mdown package (usually your python interpreter’s site-packages directory) and copy/symlink mdown/static/mdown into your project site_media directory.


First off, add mdown to your list of INSTALLED_APPS in your project settings module.

With the app installed, you need to make a couple choices. You’ll have to specify the RICHTEXT_WIDGET_CLASS and RICHTEXT_FILTER values in your settings module.


This package provides 2 options for this setting.


Activates the WMD rich text editor. (recommended)


Use a plain Textarea (no rich text editor).


Again, there are 2 options for this setting.


Renders the content using markdown with the codehilite extension enabled.


Renders the content using vanilla markdown formatting.

Extra Steps

Pygments Styles

Using the management command pygments_styles you can generate css to colorize code blocks parsed by the codehilite filter.

Note: this requires pygments to be installed (use pip install pygments or easy_install pygments to use this feature).

Invoke the command with no args to see a usage message and list of available color schemes on your system.:

user@home:~/mysite$ ./ pygments_styles
Usage: ./ pygments_styles <scheme_name>
Available color schemes:
  ... [ snip ] ...

Invoking with the scheme’s name as an argument will print the css to stdout, which you can redirect to a file like so:

user@home:~/mysite$ ./ pygment_styles colorful > site_media/css/pygments.css

In additon to this single scheme method, the command also accepts the --all flag, which will generate styles for all available, but with one key difference: each scheme is prefixed with its name as a css class name. This is handy during theme development as you can quickly switch pygments schemes just by setting the class on the body tag to your choice of scheme without having to regenerate css files constantly.

Once you’ve got a css file generated, simply add it to your site’s base template to get your code “pretty” printed.

Updating Theme Templates

Themes that were based on the default theme and were created prior to Mezzanine’s 0.11.3 release will most likely not have the richtext_filter applied to rich content. To correct this, you simply have to update the templates for these content types so that the filter is used.

For example, in the default theme, the templates/blog/blog_post_detail.html had a line that was updated from:

{{ blog_post.content|safe }}


{{ blog_post.content|richtext_filter|safe }}

Just ensure that the safe filter comes after the richtext_filter.

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