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.


  • Where do I put this code? Please, for someone that is not a WP expert this is not obvious...
    – Operator
    Commented Jan 1, 2021 at 21:32
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    Per the referenced link, you'd put in your theme's functions.php file: Disabling the filter Some people choose to disable the wpautop filter from within their theme’s functions.php: remove_filter( 'the_content', 'wpautop' ); remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'wpautop' ); There’s also a plugin available to enable/disable the filter on a post-by-post basis.
    – mzykin
    Commented Jan 3, 2021 at 18:36

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
    Commented Jan 31, 2019 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' ); Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 13:14

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