Typora on macOS

by typora.io

Typora is deeply integrated with the macOS desktop environment, like other native apps on macOS. The simplicity and extendable functions provided by macOS is also available on Typora.


Apple Silicon

Typora is now native on Apple Silicon Mac devices.

Open From Terminal

You can use open -a typora xxx.md to open the markdown file xxx.md in Typora from a command line. If Typora is your default editor for .md files, when open xxx.md would be enough.

You can also add

alias typora="open -a typora"

in your .bash_profile or other configuration file, then you would be able to simply type typora xxx.md instead.

For detail, you can click here.

Quick Look

Typora does not provide quick look plugin for now, but you can use QLMarkdown or Glance to achieve this.

Older macOS Support

The latest version of Typora supports macOS ≥ 11.0, for older macOS support, please check https://support.typora.io/Older-macOS-Support/


Document-Based App

Typora is a documented-base app, so for macOS, the system provides built-in functions like auto-save, version control, quickly renaming from title bar, etc.

For example, you can use command + click on titlebar to quickly open parent folders of current file in Typora (and in other macOS app as well):

Version Control and Recovery

On macOS, Typora integrates with the native version control function powered by the operation system.

You could simply choose File > Revert To > Browse All Versions from main menu to browse and revert to certain version. More detail can be found here.


For untitled drafts, they are located in ~/Library/Autosave Information. But please save them just in case.


You can share a file from FileShare menu.

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Grammar and Spelling Checker

Typora uses macOS built-in grammar and spelling checker, you can enable / disable it in system preferences or from menu bar.

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You can also learn spellings from context menu, and the learned new words will be shared among different macOS apps.


Typora supports macOS built-in text functions like:

You can config them under system preferences.

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After config, text substitution will be working in Typora. For features like smart dashes, smart quote and text replacement, you can also enable / disable them from Typora’s EditSubstitutions menu.


You can use service to extend Typora’s functionality before Typora have its own plugin system.

For example, you can install WordService for common text operations, such as insert date and time, etc.

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Continuity Camera

Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to scan documents, draw sketch, or take a picture of something nearby and insert into into Typora on macOS directly.

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Touch Bar

You can use touch bar for context aware quick editing.

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Including change block / inline styles, modify tables (add row, etc), change list indent, input predictions, etc.

You can tap with three fingers on the trackpad to look up words or preview links, just like in Safari. You can find detail here.

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Dark Mode

Typora will use system dark mode color scheme when using dark themes. Or, if you want typora to auto apply themes based on current macOS light / dark mode, you can choose different themes for light mode and dark mode.

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