Andrew Miotke

Posting about IT stuff. Sometimes programming, usually Python or Swift.

This year at WWDC 2021 Apple introduced Markdown support in its UI frameworks, which is awesome! I’ve used it only with SwiftUI so far but I expect Markdown support to be adopted by a lot of apps that have formatted text input.

This is a quick reference for supporting Markdown in your app.

Currently in SwiftUI Text("**Here is a** [link to](") will render the Markdown without trouble. However, if you’re fetching a String out of CoreData as was my case or you’re calling a String from a var or let you may need a return that fetched string as an AttributedString.

Markdown syntax

The Markdown syntax are familiar but if you’re used to other flavors of Markdown then you might get tripped up. Below are some of the common Markdown commands available. I’ll update this list as I find more commands

  • Strikethrough == ~~Strikethrough~~
  • Bold Text == **Bold Text**
  • Monospace font == `Markdown Text`
  • Add links(goes to == [Link text](URL goes here)

Code sample

Call the createAttributedString function in your Text() view to render the markdown.

    let someString = "`Hey!` You're **awesome!**"

    // Takes in a string and returns an AttributedString
    func createAttributedString(_ markdown: String) -> AttributedString {
        do {
            let attributedString = try AttributedString(markdown: markdown)

            return attributedString
        } catch {
            print("Couldn't create an AttributedString: \(error)")

        return AttributedString("error parsing markdown")

    // Calls createAttributedString with the string passed in. 

This would return “Hey! You’re awesome!