This quick guide should get you started with
Download and install the latest version of the requirements and of
If you're using Firefox, make sure to right-click on the
xpi file and use the
Save as menu, otherwise Firefox will try to install the xpi as a plugin and will throw an error.
Exporting content from Zotero as Markdown
mdnotes exports things on separate files, the rest of this guide assumes you have not customized your preferences just yet.
You can change this later from the default
Split file file organization to
Single file in your preferences.
Export a Zotero metadata or notes
Right-click on the item or Zotero note (the yellow ones) you want to export, and select
Export to markdown.
If your item has multiple notes, you can select all of them and use the
Export to markdown menu to create one file for each.
Create a file for your own notes
Select a Zotero item, right-click and select
Create mdnotes file or
Create a standalone note.
Batch export all metadata and notes
Selecting a Zotero item, and choosing the menu
Batch export to markdown will create the markdown files for the metadata, export all Zotero notes and create a file for your own notes.
Customizing your exports
If exporting on multiple files is not your thing, or you want to change the way files are named, you can change some of those options in your preferences.
Customize the content of your exports
Customize the formatting of your content
Mdnotes has some hidden preferences to add custom formatting, e.g. to only add links to collections, or export tags exactly as they look in Zotero. Check out the formatting page for more info.