Word-processing documents are present in almost every device in this digital world. Similarly, almost every word processing editor started supporting the markdown format. The continuous increase of MD files as the webpages increases the transformation of Word content into websites using markdown format. This article discusses how to programmatically convert Word documents into markdown files using C#.

Convert Word Document to Markdown in C#

.NET API to Parse and Convert Markdown Files

GroupDocs showcases its .NET API that allows the parsing and Word document conversion into other formats within the .NET applications. We will use its GroupDocs.Parser for .NET for the parsing and transforming Word DOC/DOCX files into MD files. Additionally, the API supports parsing many other file formats like PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, eBooks, markup documents, email formats, archives, 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.Parser

How to Convert Word to Markdown using C#

Let’s quickly jump to the objective and transform the Microsoft Word document into markdown format. The following steps show how to convert the Word DOC/DOCX to Markdown using C#.

  • Load the MS Word file using the Parser class.
  • Get the formatted text of the loaded file using the FormattedTextOptions class and Markdown mode.
  • Read the complete content using the ReadToEnd method.
  • Convert it to Markdown by writing the content to an MD file using the Write method of TextWriter class.

The following C# source code converts the MS Word docx file to Markdown format.

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To sum up, we learned to convert Word files into markdown format using C# within our .NET applications. You can use this feature within your application. You can extend your application by using other available features of the API.

Learn more about the .NET Parser API using its documentation and by experiencing the examples available on GitHub. Contact us for any query via the forum.

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