Markdown is a lightweight markup language widely used to create websites, documents, and readme files by simply adding formatting elements to plain text. It is widely supported by almost all browsers and text editors. Its huge compatibility increases its usage and also its rendering to and from other portable document formats. In this article, you will learn how to programmatically convert the markdown files to PDF format using C#.

Convert MD Files to PDF using .NET API

.NET API to Convert Markdown Files

GroupDocs showcases its .NET API to convert markdown files into other formats within .NET applications. In this article, we will use its GroupDocs.Conversion for .NET for the conversion of MD files to PDF format. Additionally, the API supports the conversion of many other file formats like word-processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, eBooks, images, and many others mentioned in the documentation.

You can download the DLLs or MSI installer from the downloads section or install the API in your .NET application via NuGet.

PM> Install-Package GroupDocs.Conversion

Convert Markdown to PDF using C#

Let’s quickly jump to the objective and transform the markdown files into PDF format. The following steps show how to convert the markdown MD file to PDF format in C#.

  • Load the markdown file using the Converter class.
  • Prepare the PDF conversion options.
  • Set any other PDF options like page margins, page orientation, watermark, etc.
  • Convert the markdown file into PDF format using the Convert() method.

The following C# source code converts the Markdown file to PDF.

The snippet of MD file and the converted PDF file from the above code is shown below.

MD File converted to PDF using .NET API

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You can get a free temporary license to use the API without the evaluation limitations.


To conclude we discussed how markdown files can be converted into PDF format in C#. This may have guided you to develop your own conversion application like the online MD to PDF Converter developed by GroupDocs.

You can learn more about the Conversion .NET API using its documentation. In my opinion, the best way to learn is to start experiencing the examples that are available on GitHub. Contact us for any query via the forum.

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