Video to Markdown

Video to Markdown

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Add videos to your markdown files easier -


How often did you find yourself googling ¨How to embed a video in markdown?¨

While its not possible to embed a video in markdown, the best and easiest way is to extract a frame from the video, add a layer with a play icon and link the video url on the image.

Speaking HTMLese, this is what you would do:

<a href="{video-url}" title="Link Title"><img src="{image-url}" alt="Alternate Text" /></a>

that translates into markdown as:

[![Alternate Text]({image-url})]({video-url} "Link Title")

To speed up the process I developped this tool that will do it for you.

You just need to paste the video url in the field above and you will get the markdown you need.


List of supported video providers:

  • Asciinema
  • CleanShot Cloud
  • Dailymotion
  • Facebook (low-quality)
  • Google Drive
  • Loom
  • OneDrive
  • PeerTube
  • Streamable
  • TikTok
  • Vimeo
  • Wistia
  • Youtube


First of all you need to create a Cloudinary account (I'm using this service to generate and host images) so that you can copy your personal CLOUDINARY_URL from your dashboard. The url is something similar to cloudinary://my_key:my_secret@my_cloud_name.

Now you can easily deploy your own copy on Netlify.

Deploy to Netlify

Development stuff

To run the project locally, here’s what you’ll need:



cd into your local copy of the repository and run yarn install

cd video-to-markdown
yarn install
cp .env.sample .env
# update the .env with proper values
  • CLOUDINARY_URL ( required ) - this is the API Environment variable that you can get from your Cloudinary dashboard inside the Account Details section.
  • GA_TRACKING_ID ( optional ) - this is a Google Analytics Tracking ID. Can be used if you need to track page views and events.
  • NETLIFY_ACCESS_TOKEN ( optional ) - this a Netlify Access Token. In combination with the SITE_ID can be used to display the API Usage in the website.
  • SITE_ID ( optional ) - this the Netlify Site ID. In combination with the NETLIFY_ACCESS_TOKEN can be used to display the API Usage in the website.
  • USE_HIGH_QUALITY ( optional ) - this is a boolean flag. If true, the generated images will be stored in Contenful with hi-res quality (default to false)
yarn start

This will start the client server on http://localhost:8080, and the netlify-lambda server on http://localhost:8081.

netlify-lambda isn’t required to deploy Lambda functions to Netlify, but it offers some handy features out of the box that make it quicker to get started, like the local dev server and nice defaults for transpiling and bundling functions in production.

The client server is configured to proxy /.netlify requests to the Lambda server (see webpack.client.js). This is the same behavior the site has when it’s deployed to Netlify.


Google Analytics is used to record the following:

All images are generated via Cloudinary and stored in it. In this way the generated images are cached so we can avoid to call Netlify functions again thus reducing the quota consumption.

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