This package is abandoned and no longer maintained. The author suggests using the league/commonmark package instead.

Highly-extensible PHP Markdown parser which fully supports the CommonMark spec and GitHub-Flavored Markdown (GFM)

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league/commonmark is a highly-extensible PHP Markdown parser created by Colin O'Dell which supports the full CommonMark spec and GitHub-Flavored Markdown. It is based on the CommonMark JS reference implementation by John MacFarlane (@jgm).

πŸ“¦ Installation & Basic Usage

This project requires PHP 7.4 or higher with the mbstring extension. To install it via Composer simply run:

$ composer require league/commonmark

The CommonMarkConverter class provides a simple wrapper for converting CommonMark to HTML:

use League\CommonMark\CommonMarkConverter;

$converter = new CommonMarkConverter([
    'html_input' => 'strip',
    'allow_unsafe_links' => false,

echo $converter->convert('# Hello World!');

// <h1>Hello World!</h1>

Or if you want GitHub-Flavored Markdown, use the GithubFlavoredMarkdownConverter class instead:

use League\CommonMark\GithubFlavoredMarkdownConverter;

$converter = new GithubFlavoredMarkdownConverter([
    'html_input' => 'strip',
    'allow_unsafe_links' => false,

echo $converter->convert('# Hello World!');

// <h1>Hello World!</h1>

Please note that only UTF-8 and ASCII encodings are supported. If your Markdown uses a different encoding please convert it to UTF-8 before running it through this library.

πŸ”’ If you will be parsing untrusted input from users, please consider setting the html_input and allow_unsafe_links options per the example above. See for more details. If you also do choose to allow raw HTML input from untrusted users, consider using a library (like HTML Purifier) to provide additional HTML filtering.

πŸ““ Documentation

Full documentation on advanced usage, configuration, and customization can be found at

⏫ Upgrading

Information on how to upgrade to newer versions of this library can be found at

πŸ’» GitHub-Flavored Markdown

The GithubFlavoredMarkdownConverter shown earlier is a drop-in replacement for the CommonMarkConverter which adds additional features found in the GFM spec:

  • Autolinks
  • Disallowed raw HTML
  • Strikethrough
  • Tables
  • Task Lists

See the Extensions documentation for more details on how to include only certain GFM features if you don't want them all.

πŸ—ƒοΈ Related Packages


Included Extensions

See our extension documentation for a full list of extensions bundled with this library.

Community Extensions

Custom parsers/renderers can be bundled into extensions which extend CommonMark. Here are some that you may find interesting:

Others can be found on Packagist under the commonmark-extension package type.

If you build your own, feel free to submit a PR to add it to this list!


Check out the other cool things people are doing with league/commonmark:

🏷️ Versioning

SemVer is followed closely. Minor and patch releases should not introduce breaking changes to the codebase; however, they might change the resulting AST or HTML output of parsed Markdown (due to bug fixes, spec changes, etc.) As a result, you might get slightly different HTML, but any custom code built onto this library should still function correctly.

Any classes or methods marked @internal are not intended for use outside of this library and are subject to breaking changes at any time, so please avoid using them.

πŸ› οΈ Maintenance & Support

When a new minor version (e.g. 2.0 -> 2.1) is released, the previous one (2.0) will continue to receive security and critical bug fixes for at least 3 months.

When a new major version is released (e.g. 1.6 -> 2.0), the previous one (1.6) will receive critical bug fixes for at least 3 months and security updates for 6 months after that new release comes out.

(This policy may change in the future and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.)

Professional support, including notification of new releases and security updates, is available through a Tidelift Subscription.

πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ Contributing

To report a security vulnerability, please use the Tidelift security contact. Tidelift will coordinate the fix and disclosure with us.

If you encounter a bug in the spec, please report it to the CommonMark project. Any resulting fix will eventually be implemented in this project as well.

Contributions to this library are welcome, especially ones that:

Major refactoring to core parsing logic should be avoided if possible so that we can easily follow updates made to the reference implementation. That being said, we will absolutely consider changes which don't deviate too far from the reference spec or which are favored by other popular CommonMark implementations.

Please see CONTRIBUTING for additional details.

πŸ§ͺ Testing

$ composer test

This will also test league/commonmark against the latest supported spec.

πŸš€ Performance Benchmarks

You can compare the performance of league/commonmark to other popular parsers by running the included benchmark tool:

$ ./tests/benchmark/benchmark.php

πŸ‘₯ Credits & Acknowledgements

This code is partially based on the CommonMark JS reference implementation which is written, maintained and copyrighted by John MacFarlane. This project simply wouldn't exist without his work.


We'd also like to extend our sincere thanks the following sponsors who support ongoing development of this project:

Are you interested in sponsoring development of this project? See for a list of ways to contribute.

πŸ“„ License

league/commonmark is licensed under the BSD-3 license. See the LICENSE file for more details.

πŸ›οΈ Governance

This project is primarily maintained by Colin O'Dell. Members of the PHP League Leadership Team may occasionally assist with some of these duties.

πŸ—ΊοΈ Who Uses It?

This project is used by Drupal, Laravel Framework, Cachet, Firefly III, Neos,, and more!

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