The Ultimate Discord Markdown Formatting Guide
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Written by Jordan Kunawicz
Jordan is a Discord server enthusiast and tech-savvy digital marketer with a passion for helping online communities thrive. With extensive experience managing and growing Discord servers, Jordan understands how to create an enjoyable community experience on Discord.
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Creating engaging content on Discord goes beyond the words you write. It’s all about how you present your messages, and Discord Markdown formatting is your secret weapon in this task.

It’s a simple way to add bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, and other visual aids to your text.

If you’re not sure how to use Discord Markdown, don’t worry! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll break down each piece of Markdown, what it does, and how you can use the different types of formatting.

This guide will focus on how to format in Discord manually. If you own a Discord server and want to do it in an easier way, especially for announcements, then check out dotNotify, which has a built in “Discord Ready editor!

The Different Types Of Discord Markdown Formatting

Bold Text

To make your text bold in Discord, you can use two asterisks (**) before and after your text.


**This is bold text**

Italic Text

For italicizing text in Discord, use a single asterisk (*) on either side of your text.


*This is italic text*

Bold and Italic Text

You can make your text both bold and italic by using three asterisks (***) on either side of your text.


***This is bold and italic text***

Underline Text

To underline your text, use two underscores (__) on either side of your text.


__This is underlined text__

Strikethrough Text

To strike a line through your text, you can use two tildes (~~) on either side of your text.


~~This is strikethrough text~~

Single Line Code Blocks

To create a single line of code in Discord, you can use a backtick (`) on either side of your text.


`This is a single line of code`

Multi Line Code Blocks

To create multi-line code blocks in Discord, you can use three backticks (“`) on either side of your text.


“`This is a multi
code block“`

Block Quotes

To create a block quote in Discord, you can use a greater than symbol (>) before your text. For multiple lines of block quotes, you can use three greater than symbols (>>>).


Single line: > This is a block quote

Will appear as:

This is a block quote

Spoiler Tag

To hide your text as a spoiler, use two vertical bars (||) on either side of your text.


||This is a spoiler||


To create “Headers” for your text you can use (#) before your text with a space. It’s one (#) for a large header, a double (##) for a smaller header, and a triple (###) for a really small header.


# Your Header

Your Header


To use an emoji, you can either type it directly or use its name between two colons.



Standard Links

A standard link is simple. Including the full “http” or “https” path will make links you share clickable.

Bullet Point List

To create an ordered list, or a list of bullet points you can use either (-) or (*) at the beginning of each list item.


– item 1
* item 2

  • item 1
  • item 2

Discord Markdown Formatting Is Key To Getting Your Messages Read!

Knowing how to format your text with Discord Markdown can significantly enhance your messages’ readability and aesthetic appeal. 

Nobody likes to stare at a wall of text. Most skip by a long paragraph with no formatting, especially in Discord.

So, get practicing with Discord Markdown formatting today and take your Discord messages to the next level.

As mentioned earlier in this guide, if you are a Discord server owner, check out dotNotify, which is a bot that allows you to create announcements and reminders, and fully support Discord markdown formatting.

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