MessageMarkdown enables text markdown features in the Messages app

By , Aug 11, 2016

MessageMarkdown Before and After

Those of you that are looking for a little more depth in your text messages may be interested in checking out a new free jailbreak tweak called MessageMarkdown.

With this tweak, you can enable basic text markdown features in your Messages app, and we’ll talk about how it works in this review.

What is Markdown?

I know some of you might be asking yourself, “What is markdown? Well, just to clear something up, it’s not the same as Apple’s Markup feature. It’s actually a feature of text where you apply certain kinds of styling to it.

Among some of the things that are included in markdown are:

  • Italics
  • Bold
  • Underline
  • Strikethrough
  • Plain text
  • Colored text
  • Colored background text
  • Various text spacing
  • And more…

This particular jailbreak tweak supports all of the above, and lets you apply markdown features to text that you intend to send or receive in the Messages app, as shown above.

To apply markdown to text, you have to type special characters surrounding the text you want formatted. The developer notes in the Cydia description the following character combinations to provide you with different kinds of markdown:

italics = _italic text_
bold = **bold text**
underlining = __underlined text__
code = `code text`
strikethrough = ~~strikethrough~~
coloured text = {#HEX|text}, HEX being a hex colour
coloured background text = {bg#HEX|text}
text spacing = {k4.5|widely spaced text}, k4.5 can be any number

Now for the caveat

This is without a doubt a cool jailbreak tweak, but the major caveat is that both people have to have the MessageMarkdown tweak installed on their devices if they’re both going to see the markdown effects. The markdown styling is purely a local change and they don’t get sent exactly how they look to you.

If you’re the only one with the tweak installed, you will certainly see the markdown styling, and other people can send you messages with markdown styling applied to it and you’ll still see it, but it’s not going to look as pretty on their devices if they don’t have the tweak installed.

In fact, for a recipient without the tweak installed, it’ll look something like this:

MessageMarkdown Recipient Without Tweak

Although this is a pretty big caveat, it goes without saying that if you have a friend or two who have jailbroken devices, you can always keep a mental note of who does and who doesn’t have this tweak installed and refrain from using markdown features for anyone except the people who you know have this tweak installed.

Wrapping up

MessageMarkdown is a cool way for two people with jailbroken devices to text each other with markdown effects in the Messages app, and it seems to work with both iMessage and SMS, but keep in mind that unless the other person has this tweak installed too, you may want to refrain from trying to use markdown features, or your message will look like gibberish.

The developer has an active thread going on Reddit to answer questions about this tweak, so feel free to make suggestions to him or feature requests there.

If you feel like trying MessageMarkup on your jailbroken device, you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now.

Would you like to see these markdown features become universal across all devices? Share in the comments below.

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  • Xee

    Italics, bold and strikethrough works on WhatsApp with no tweaks 😉

    • Diego Milano

      Right, but that’s because it’s embedded in the actual application itself. That’s the main reason I didn’t get this tweak, it was a big bummer as it’s a good idea (not sure if needed though).