Retext – Split View MarkDown Editor on Linux

Retext is a great MarkDown editor for beginners and is widely available on the Linux platform.

After introducing Uberwriter I thought it would be time to introduce Retext, which focuses on different features.


Retext features that are most valuable to me are the display of files in split view and PDF export. It’s a solid editor for both MarkDown and plain text files and I think it’s great for beginners to check the MarkDown syntax right away.

Having said that, it’s much like Mou, my favourite MarkDown editor on Mac OS X, but not as feature rich.

Features I’d love to see in Retext

  • custom CSS for PDF export
  • theming support for the editor itself
  • changing the “copy HTML” functionality so it only exports the body, without surrounding <body> and <html> tags

Installing Retext

Retext is available in most package managers, called retext, so for Debian / Ubuntu you would run:

    sudo apt-get install retext

On Arch Linux you currently have to remember to install python-markdown with it, since it is not automatically required as a dependency:

    sudo yaourt -S markdown-python retext

1 thought on “Retext – Split View MarkDown Editor on Linux”

  1. Thanks for this, I just switched to Arch and was looking for a markdown editor recommendation. Retext seems great so far! Small typo in the post, the install command should read:

    sudo yaourt -S python-markdown retext

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