Implementing an Open in Markdown Monster Behavior

You can integrate Markdown Monster with external applications in several ways:

  • Open a document via command line (mm "c:\path\filename.md")
  • Close an open document via command line (mm -close "c:\path\filename.md")
  • Create a 'temporary document' with an *_autosave.md postfix

Opening Documents from the Command Line

It's easy to open Markdown Monster document from the command line simply by passing path to a document to the main executable. There are two ways to invoke Markdown Monster via script or process launchers and load a file:

mm "c:\temp\filename"

or using the full executable:

markdownmonster "c:\temp\filename"

markdownmonster.exe and the mm.exe passthrough alias are the main executables you can do to lauch Markdown and other supported files from the commandline. These executables are added to your user path during installation so there's no need to provide a path for the exe's.

Note that you can provide multiple files to open on a single command line operation.

Closing Documents from the Command Line

If you want to automate the process of editing documents in Markdown Monster, you may also find it useful to close a document once you are done with Markdown Monster when you return to some other application or process that initially opened the document.

This allows you to 'clean up' the Markdown Monster instance and pick up the modified content from the saved file.

To close a document:

mm -close "c:\temp\filename"

The order is siginificant - the -close has to proceed the filename and you can specify multiple -close \ filename combinations.

-autosave Command Line Option

If you specify any file names on the command line, you can optionally force files to be saved as soon as you are editing the text using the -autosave command line option. This flag is applied to any files you open via the command line which means files are written to disk as soon as you stop typing. This allows any external applications that might be monitoring the specified file to pick up changes as quickly as they are saved in MM.

mm "c:\temp\filename" -autosave

Opening Markdown Monster in a Browser or with ShellExecute (Application Protocols)

If you're using Markdown Monster in a browser you can also use a URL to open Markdown Monster. For example, the following link can be used to force MM to open with an empty document:

markdownmonster:untitled

You can also open a new document with preset text:

markdownmonster:untitled.text,Hello Cruel World

or - if the text is more complex and includes line breaks and other extended text you can use base64:

markdownmonster:untitled.base64,VGhpcyBpcyBhIHRlc3Qgc3RyaW5nIG9mIHRleHQu

There are more options available for Application Protocols:
Open from Browser with Application Protocols


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