Adding Markdown Editor to your Blog/CMS

Posted: 2014-04-28 23:58:15

In this case it is Laravel but any PHP framework could use this.

Get the Library

I used the dflydev-markdown library which uses php-markdown as it's base. 1

As it notes I load it up with composer.json and I am ready to use it.

Inject the class into your controller

At the controller level I inject it like this


use dflydev\markdown\MarkdownExtraParser;

class BaseController {

    public $mk;

    public function __construct(MarkdownExtraParser $mk = null)
        $this->mk       = ($mk == null) ? new MarkdownExtraParser() : $mk;

Later on I call to it on both update and store on any of my Controllers that extend this class.

Add a new field to your Posts or other content type

But the other step here is to add a rendered_body field to my models/tables. Then on store and update I write to these but on edit I am working on the body field which is markdown.

$data['rendered_body']  = $this->mk->transformMarkdown($data['body']);

Render it in the View

And in my Views I render the rendered_body field and NOT the body field which stores the raw text. This idea I got from

Now with the help of the docs on php-markdown I can do most of the work I need to make a post, embed video, images etc.


As far as uploading images I use Dropbox for that so it is really not part of my needs. With dropbox I just take a snapshot and it auto uploads the image and I get the url in my clipboard. Though I then have to go to the URL and get the real URL. Still working on that.

  1. I may start using this michelf since the one I am using now is marked depreciated. But I have already made a change to this one so it works a little better with my settings. My fork is here my fork and my composer.json looks below 2 

  2. {
        "name": "laravel/laravel",
        "description": "The Laravel Framework.",
        "keywords": ["framework", "laravel"],
        "license": "MIT",
            "repositories": [
                  "type": "git",
                  "url": ""
        "require": {
            "laravel/framework": "4.1.*",
                    "dflydev/markdown": "dev-master"
        "autoload": {
            "classmap": [
        "require-dev": {
            "way/generators": "2.*",
            "schickling/backup": "dev-master"
        "scripts": {
            "post-install-cmd": [
                "php artisan clear-compiled",
                "php artisan optimize"
            "post-update-cmd": [
                "php artisan clear-compiled",
                "php artisan optimize"
            "post-create-project-cmd": [
                "php artisan key:generate"
        "config": {
            "preferred-install": "dist"
        "minimum-stability": "stable"


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