Markdown Primer

"Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)."

—John Gruber,

The "Notes" panel of the Proxmox Backup Server web-interface supports rendering Markdown text.

Proxmox Backup Server supports CommonMark with most extensions of GFM (GitHub Flavoured Markdown), like tables or task-lists.

Markdown Basics

Note that we only describe the basics here. Please search the web for more extensive resources, for example on


# This is a Heading h1
## This is a Heading h2
##### This is a Heading h5


Use *text* or _text_ for emphasis.

Use **text** or __text__ for bold, heavy-weight text.

Combinations are also possible, for example:

_You **can** combine them_


Unordered Lists

Use * or - for unordered lists, for example:

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 2a
* Item 2b

You can create nested lists by adding indentation.

Ordered Lists

1. Item 1
1. Item 2
1. Item 3
  1. Item 3a
  1. Item 3b

NOTE: The integer of ordered lists does not need to be correct, they will be numbered automatically.

Task Lists

Task lists use a empty box [ ] for unfinished tasks and a box with an X for finished tasks.

For example:

- [X] First task already done!
- [X] Second one too
- [ ] This one is still to-do
- [ ] So is this one


Tables use the pipe symbol | to separate columns, and - to separate the table header from the table body. In that separation, you can also set the text alignment, making one column left-, center-, or right-aligned.

| Left columns  | Right columns |  Some  | More | Cols.| Centering Works Too
| ------------- |--------------:|--------|------|------|:------------------:|
| left foo      | right foo     | First  | Row  | Here | >center<           |
| left bar      | right bar     | Second | Row  | Here | 12345              |
| left baz      | right baz     | Third  | Row  | Here | Test               |
| left zab      | right zab     | Fourth | Row  | Here | ☁️☁️☁️              |
| left rab      | right rab     | And    | Last | Here | The End            |

Note that you do not need to align the columns nicely with white space, but that makes editing tables easier.

Block Quotes

You can enter block quotes by prefixing a line with >, similar as in plain-text emails.

> Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain-text-formatting syntax,
> created in 2004 by John Gruber with Aaron Swartz.
>> Markdown is often used to format readme files, for writing messages in online discussion forums,
>> and to create rich text using a plain text editor.

Code and Snippets

You can use backticks to avoid processing a group of words or paragraphs. This is useful for preventing a code or configuration hunk from being mistakenly interpreted as markdown.

Inline Code

Surrounding part of a line with single backticks allows you to write code inline, for examples:

This hosts IP address is ``.

Entire Blocks of Code

For code blocks spanning several lines, you can use triple-backticks to start and end such a block, for example:

# This is the network config I want to remember here
auto vmbr2
iface vmbr2 inet static
        bridge-ports ens20
        bridge-stp off
        bridge-fd 0
        bridge-vlan-aware yes
        bridge-vids 2-4094