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  1. 0bfd826 Docs: correctly slugify escaped chars by Nate Fischer · 7 days ago master
  2. 2a89b08 Better regex for by Nate Fischer · 4 weeks ago
  3. e946269 md_browser: Switch to 4-space indent. by Daniel Erat · 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. 86ada26 tools/md_browser: Add .svg preview support. by Victor Costan · 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. 2548188 md_browser: Fix assertion hit on rendering top directory. by Yuta Kitamura · 1 year, 10 months ago


This is a simple tool to render the markdown docs in a chromium checkout locally. It is written in Python and uses the Python ‘markdown’ package, which is checked into src/third_party.

md_browser attempts to emulate the flavor of Markdown implemented by Gitiles.

Gitiles is the source browser running on, and can be run locally, but to do so requires a Java install and a Buck install, which can be slightly annoying to set up on Mac or Windows.

This is a lighterweight solution, which also allows you to preview uncommitted changes (i.e., it just serves files out of the filesystem, and is not a full Git repo browser like Gitiles is).

To run md_browser:

  1. cd to the top of your chromium checkout

  2. run python tools/md_browser/

  3. There is no step three.

This will run a local web server on port 8080 that points to the top of the repo. You can specify a different port with the -p flag.