As a programmer, we often have a requirement to get the text extracted from various kinds of documents. Previously we have discussed counting words in documents, extracting ZIP archives, extracting images from eBooks, and parsing PDF form fields. Today, in this article, you will learn how to parse and extract text from Markdown files using C#.

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.NET API for Markdown Text Extraction

GroupDocs provides its .NET API to parse documents and extract text from various document formats within the .NET applications. In this article, we will use its GroupDocs.Parser for .NET to extract text from the MD files using C#.

Additionally, the API supports parsing of many other file formats like word-processing documents (DOC, DOCX, …), spreadsheets (XLS, XLSX, …), presentations (PPT, PPTX, …), eBooks (EPUB, FB2, …), barcode images (JPG, PNG, …), and many others mentioned in its 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

Extract Text from Markdown File in C#

The following are the steps to extract the whole text content from the markdown file using C#.

  • Load the MD file using the Parser class.
  • Extract the whole text into TextReader using the GetText method.
  • Use the text as you wish.

The following C# source code extracts the textual content of the MD file.

Get a Free API License

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


To sum up, we discussed how to extract text from the markdown files in C# with an example. This may have guided you to develop your own text extraction or document parser application like the Online Document Parser developed by GroupDocs.

You can learn more about the document parsing .NET API using its documentation. The best way to learn is to experience the examples that are available on GitHub. Contact us for any query via the forum.

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