Zettlr: Getting Started

Zettlr is a Markdown editor aimed at streamlining your workflow. No matter whether you are a Journalist, researcher, writer, or simply someone who wants to keep notes uncluttered and use the abilities of modern software to the full extend — Zettlr's goal is to help you write, no matter what.

In order to do so, this documentation aims at giving you a low-level introduction to Zettlr as well as tips and tricks for making the most of your files. This documentation is structured differently from existing manuals in order to help you learn Zettlr as fast as possible — no one wants to spend whole evenings reading documentation!

To get started, simply choose an entry-point:

Learn Zettlr in 5 Minutes

Don't want to waste time? Head over to our very-quick start guide! After five minutes you'll know everything you need to know to write.

User Guides

Have a look at our user guides so that you can learn all workflows. This documentation is not focused around features, it is focused around workflows. Here you can read about single workflows that you are likely to be using, step by step.


Everyone can become very quick and efficient at his or her workflow, but can you really excel without a deep knowledge about how something works? Shortcuts to mundane tasks and key combinations for speeding up common tasks as well as hidden features of Zettlr are explained here. Learn how to move whole paragraphs around with two clicks or how to link to websites with only one click in these advanced guides.

Contribute, Translate, Develop

This section is for those of you who want to contribute to the app. Learn how the internal structure of the app is build and how to create and test new translations of the user interface using these guides.