Stop getting frustrated when you need a table. Create tables for use in your favorite Markdown writing app with Markdown Tables.
Writing tables in Markdown is hard. Most Markdown writing apps don't give you an easy way to create and edit tables. Markdown Tables is here to help.
Create your table, then paste into your writing app. If you want to edit an existing table, copy it to the clipboard from your writing app then tap Import in Markdown Tables. On iPad use split view with drag and drop to make edits even quicker.
Markdown Tables includes features to insert/delete rows and columns, change column alignment and toggle use of the header row.
If your writing app only supports HTML tables then you can configure Markdown Tables to export HTML instead.
Check out markdowntables.app/guide for how best to use Markdown Tables with some of the top writing apps on the App Store.
(Note that this app works best with writing apps based on Markdown - if you aren't sure if your favorite app uses Markdown check its product page on the App Store.)
This update introduces Rich Text export (useful if you want a tables for use in apps such as Notes), and adds keyboard shortcuts for exporting as Markdown, HTML and Rich Text.
If you find Markdown Tables useful please leave a review on the App Store. Check out https://markdowntables.app/guide for help to get started, guidance for your favorite writing apps and links to the forum and support center.
Ratings and Reviews
Small and beautifully formed
A superb time saver if you thought adding tables to your Markdown documents was just too much hard work. It's simple and it works.
I copied an MS Excel spreadsheet a1:m42 (13 x 42) (I know, who uses a table that big in a Markdown document, I just wanted to see if I could.)
It contained, text, numbers, web links, alphanumeric serial numbers, email addresses, dates and currency.
I imported and successfully previewed in 1Writer, iWriter Pro, Notes Writer Pro and TextEdit+, including functional website and email addresses.
It didn't work in Ulysses or Bear due to limitations in those apps with tables.
It worked to screen width with Editorial, so it may be ok for smaller tables.
It also worked well in all the above apps with a smaller table containing a similar mix of data from Microsoft Word for iPad and just as well with a table from Pages.
I found the first row needs to contain the number of columns in the table. i.e. No merged header column.
I found it useful to click and identify the header row.
If there are blank cells in the table, add a character (I used a hyphen) before you paste the table into Markdown Tables. Delete the character in Markdown Tables before exporting it to the clipboard.
If a coulmn is aligned right, left or centre in the table this formatting is not transferred into Markdown Tables. Don't worry, there's a button for that. Amazing!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your detailed feedback. I haven't tried with Excel, excited to hear that it works. My intention is to add Siri Shortcut support relatively soon and that should enable some helpful workflows with tools such as Excel.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.