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Is it possible to store posts in pure markdown format? so that I can retrieve the content through the REST API and get the markdown code, without any added html?

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You can try remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' ); to remove the added HTML tags.

https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wpautop

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You have to do two things

  1. Completely disable visual editor
  2. enable Markdown.

Disable Visual editor: Add this code in the themes function.php file or as a plugin.

add_filter( 'user_can_richedit' , '__return_false', 50 );

Enable Markdown: Install this plugin Wp-Markdown

  • With or without the plugin activated, if I paste markdown content on the post, I get paragraph html tags thorough the text. Indeed no difference with the plugin, maybe it's not working in the final WP version? – GWorking Jan 31 at 20:32
  • You must disable the richtext editor. Also wordpress has a function named "wpautop" which renders html <p> tag automatically. You have to disable that too. use this in your function file remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' ); remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'wpautop' ); – Sabbir Hasan Feb 3 at 13:14

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