Extend Inkdrop with plugins

Plugins add new functionality or provide new look to Inkdrop. There are more than 100 plugins registered on the Inkdrop plugin registry.

Why do you need plugins? Markdown is a very simple markup language with plain-text-formatting syntax. Because of its simplicity, people have been customizing it for their use-cases. So, there are a lot of 'flavors' of Markdown extended by the third parties such as GitHub. You may like one of the flavors already. For example, you may want to write math formulas with LaTeX syntax, but Markdown itself does not support it by default. You can use math plugin to make Inkdrop support to render math. Those language extensions make Markdown incredibly powerful and help you write notes effectively.

Plugins can also change everything from the very look and feel of the entire interface to the basic operation of even core functionality. For example, vim plugin provides Vim keybindings. nord-ui provides Nord theme to the Inkdrop UI.

You can activate or deactivate them at any time. Go to Preferences > Plugins on macOS or File > Settings > Plugins on Windows and Linux to see a list of what’s installed. You should see some default plugins are already installed.

Installed plugins

Install plugins

In order to install new plugin, you can use the Install tab in the Preferences window.

Installing plugins

Type your search query into the input box on the right hand of the pane. All of the plugins will come up with an "Install" button. Clicking that will download the plugin and install it. Your note app will now have the functionality that the plugin provides.


Some plugins are bundled in the mobile app as Markdown renderer options. Go to Preferences > Markdown Renderer and you will see the list of available options:

Advanced markdown renderer options

Plugin settings

Once a plugin is installed in Inkdrop, it will show up in the Preferences window under the "Plugins" tab, along with all the pre-installed plugins that come with Inkdrop.

Plugin settings

Clicking the plugin will give you the settings screen for that plugin specifically. Here you have the option of changing some of the default variables for the plugin, seeing what all the command keybindings are, disabling the plugin temporarily, looking at the source code, seeing the current version of the plugin and uninstalling the plugin.

Keep plugins up to date

If a new version of any of your plugins is released, Inkdrop will automatically detect it and notify you like this:

Available updates

Clicking the notification will give you the update screen where you can see the plugins that have the new version. By clicking "Update" button for the plugin, you can quickly update it. This helps you easily keep all your installed plugins up to date.

Update plugins

Change themes

Theme types

There are three types of themes in Inkdrop:

  • UI Theme - Theme for Inkdrop UI
  • Syntax Theme - Theme for Markdown editor
  • Preview Theme - Theme for Markdown preview

Once you installed theme plugins, you can activate it by pressing "Select" button for the theme:

Select theme

Or, you can use the Themes tab in the Preferences window:


Command line (ipm - Inkdrop Plugin Manager)

ipm is a fork of apm (atom package manager), some output messages may include Atom-related though, please ignore them. πŸ˜‰

If you are using beta version of the app, please note that the command name is ipm-beta.

You can also install packages or themes from the command line using ipm.


When you first open Inkdrop, it will try to install the ipm command for use in the terminal. If the ipm command has been installed, you'll see something like this:

$ which ipm

You can also manually install ipm from Inkdrop -> Install Shell Commands from the menubar.


The setup program will automatically install ipm command, and add it to your PATH. The ipm command can be found in C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\inkdrop\bin.


ipm is not installed automatically. The command is available in the path of <path-to-inkdrop>/resources/app/ipm/bin/ipm. For example, on Ubuntu the path to ipm is /usr/lib/inkdrop/resources/app/ipm/bin/ipm.

If you have installed via Snap, inkdrop.ipm command is available in the path of /snap/bin/.

Finding new plugins

You can also use ipm to find new plugins to install. If you run ipm search, you can search the plugin registry for a search term.

$ ipm search emoji
Search Results For 'emoji' (1)
└── markdown-emoji Add emoji syntax support to Inkdrop markdown editor (0 downloads, 0 stars)

Use `ipm install` to install them or visit to read more about them.

Installing plugins

Once you found new plugins to install, you can install them by using the ipm install command:

  • ipm install <package_name> to install the latest version.
  • ipm install <package_name>@<package_version> to install a specific version.

For example ipm install markdown-emoji@0.1.0 installs the 0.1.0 release of the markdown-emoji package.

Updating plugins

You can update outdated plugins like so:

$ ipm update
Package Updates Available (1)
└── vim 2.0.0 -> 2.0.1

Would you like to install these updates? (yes) yes

Installing vim@2.0.1 to /Users/nora/.inkdrop/packages βœ“

If there are no updates available, you will get:

$ ipm update
Package Updates Available (0)
└── (empty)

Uninstalling plugins

You can also uninstall the plugin by running below command:

$ ipm uninstall <package_name>

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