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Marked Bonus Pack

The Marked Bonus Pack is a collection of scripts, commands, services, and documentation. Some work with multiple editors, some are specific to certain editors. The Services will generally work with any editor that has the necessary capabilities. The rest are organized in folders based on the application they work with.

These items work with Marked 2. If you need support for the original version of Marked, you will need to download Marked Bonus Pack 1.5

Works With Marked

Some applications work with Marked out of the box and don't require you to install anything else. These applications take advantage of the Marked Streaming Preview feature. This feature requires developers to implement Marked support in their application. Some apps will have a Preview command to manually send updates to Marked, others will automatically update without any interaction from the user.


Drafts for Mac includes support for Streaming Preview, but you must enable it:

  • Open Drafts
  • Click on the Drafts > Preferences menu (or press ⌘,)
  • Click on the General tab
  • Select the Enable Marked App Streaming Preview support checkbox.
  • Click the Open Marked button to launch Marked and open the Streaming Preview window
  • Close the Drafts Preferences window

Now you have a live Marked preview that updates as you type in Drafts.

Tip: You can re-open the Streaming Preview window in Marked by clicking the Preview > Streaming Preview menu.


Enable the Streaming Preview in nvALT by selecting the Preview > Streaming Preview in Marked menu option.

The Archive

The Archive includes support for Streaming Preview. Choose the Note > Stream Preview to Marked menu option to enable. The Marked preview updates as you type, no saving required.

Installation and Usage

If you aren't familiar with GitHub, click on the green button that says Code at the top of this page and then choose Download Zip. Unzip the file on your computer.

If you are familiar with GitHub, you know what to do.

For some of the installation targets listed below — specifically Services, BBEdit, Sublime Text, and iA Writer — you can use the provided install script.


Put the Services in ~/Library/Services, where ~ is your user's home folder. If you want hotkeys for the services, assign them in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services.


Place BBEdit/Open in Marked.applescript in ~/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Scripts/. Use from the Script menu bar item while editing a Markdown document (must be saved first). You can assign a keyboard shortcut in BBEedit Preferences > Menus & Shortcuts.


Double-click on the Marked 2 bundle to open it in TextMate's Bundle Editor. You can access the preview commands using the ⌃⌥M keyboard shortcut. There are two of these commands, one previews the current document and will watch the associated file for future changes, the other previews the current selection using a temporary file. The latter will not update automatically.

Sublime Text

Copy the Marked 2.sublime-build file to ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 3/Packages/User/. It will show up in the Build Systems section of the Tools menu in Sublime. When selected, pressing ⌘B will open the current file in Marked for preview. Once opened, changes to the file will be tracked automatically by Marked.

(This extension will also work with Sublime Text 2. Just copy Marked 2.sublime-build to ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/User/.)


Via A Whole Lot of Bollocks. Add the following to your .vimrc file:

:nnoremap <leader>m :silent !open -a Marked\ '%:p'<cr>

\m (or your preferred leader) will now open the current file in Marked.

From dixius99:

You may prefer :Marked instead of using the leader key to launch Marked. To do that, add the following to your .vimrc:

command Marked :silent !open -a Marked\ '%:p'

The word right after "command" is what triggers the action. It can be anything you want, but has to start with a capital letter.

iA Writer

Via stephenhowells:

Copy iAWriter/Open in Marked.applescript to ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/iA Writer/. Run by clicking the Script > iA Writer > Open in Marked menu.


Via Barry

Install the dot.emacs.txt file in one of the following ways (depending on how you have configured your emacs startup):

  1. Append the contents of dot.emacs.txt to ~/.emacs
  2. Append the contents of dot.emacs.txt to ~/.emacs.d/init.el
  3. Copy dot.emacs.txt to ~/.emacs.d/marked2.el and ensure it is loaded by ~/.emacs.d/init.el

See The Emacs Initialization File for more information about emacs startup.

Once installed, restart Emacs. Press Control-C m to preview the file associated with the current buffer in Marked 2.

Visual Studio Code

This project does not contain anything to help you integrate with Visual Studio Code. However, Fabian Morón Zirfas has created an Open in Marked Extension. Once the extension is installed, you can open the current file in Marked 2 by typing ⇧⌘P and then typing marked to narrow the list of commands, and then selecting "Open In Marked 2".

To bind it to a keyboard shortcut, select the Code > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts menu to open the keyboard shortcuts editor. Type marked to narrow the list of commands, and then double-click on "Open in Marked 2". Type the keyboard shortcut you want, and press Return.

See Key Bindings for Visual Studio Code for more information on binding shortcuts to commands.


There's one AppleScript included that performs essentially the same function as the Open in Marked Service, but with some special accommodations for Notational Velocity and nvALT. In order to use it, two configuration variables need to be edited at the top of the script. Open the .applescript file in AppleScript Editor and modify the property lines at the top, then save it as a compiled script (scpt) file. You can then run it from the AppleScript menu (enabled in the AppleScript Editor preferences), or from a hotkey-capable application like FastScripts.

The nvALT scripts do their best to figure out the file, but don't always work. The next version of nvALT should make this a lot easier.


Marked version 1 required some watcher scripts to work with Scrivener and MarsEdit. Marked 2 has built in support for these applications, and no watcher scripts are required.

More info:


The easiest way to use these scripts is to put them in a convenient folder (I use ~/scripts) and run chmod a+x path/to/script.rb to make them executable. You can then just type the path and script name and hit Enter (e.g. ~/scripts/everwatch.rb). They will run and watch for changes in their specific application until you cancel the command by typing Control-c.

The scripts will create a file in your home directory (modifiable in the script) called 'Marked'. Open that file in Marked; Marked will watch that file for changes that the scripts make.

You can create LaunchAgents for any of these and run them automatically in the background if you know what you're doing. If you don't, you can still use an app like Lingon to do it.


To keep the 'Marked' file synced with whatever note you're currently editing in Evernote, start the script by running ~/path/to/everwatch.rb in Terminal. The script watches for changes to timestamps on any directory in Evernote's data folder. This shouldn't need to be adjusted. To update Marked, you'll need to have "~/Marked" open and then hit "Command-S" in your Evernote note. The autosave on Evernote will work, but it takes longer.

The HTML of the note is captured via AppleScript and run through textutil to remove the HTML formatting. This means that embedded images won't come through, but those probably would have broken anyway. The script is specifically expecting you to write your notes in Markdown. If you're not, I'm not sure why you'd want a Marked preview anyway. Inline HTML works, but you have to watch your quote marks very carefully. Evernote likes to convert the single and double quote marks you type into "smart quotes", which Marked doesn't interpret as HTML.

This watcher will not reliably if you have multiple Evernote user id's.

Even with "Command-S" there's still a 4-5 second delay on the update, as it takes a bit for Evernote to write out to the file, the script to poll through and notice the change, the content to be pulled via AppleScript and written to the preview file and then for Marked to pick up on the change there. Considering all of that, 4-5 seconds isn't too bad. If someone can think of a faster way, I'm certainly open to it.

Notational Velocity/nvALT

If you store your notes as plain text files in NV/nvALT, you can just open the notes folder in Marked 2 and it will always display a preview of the most-recently edited file.

Watcher script:

If you're using Notational Velocity (or my fork, nvALT), you can tell it to save your notes as text files on your drive. This script will watch these text files for updates, then display the contents of the most recently-edited note. It's a workable solution, at least until I get better integration worked into nvALT directly.

You need to configure the script to point to your chosen folder for note storage, and if you're using any unique extension, you'll need to add to or modify the list in the script. It should be pretty obvious what needs to be set if you look at the top of the script.

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