Markdown tools

Build Knowledge Bases with Raneto

Raneto [8] can prove to be an indispensable tool for transforming disparate Markdown files into a properly organized and easily accessible knowledge base (Figure 7). Raneto is powered by Node.js, so its installation routine is slightly different.

Figure 7: Raneto can be used to set up a knowledge base in a matter of minutes.

To begin, you need to install Node.js on your system. Then, get the latest release of Raneto from the Releases page of the project's GitHub repository [9] and unpack the downloaded archive. Switch to the resulting directory and run the npm install command as root. Once you've done that, start Raneto using the npm start command, and you can then access the application by pointing your browser to (replace with the actual IP address of the machine running Raneto).

Similar to other applications covered in this article, Raneto is supremely easy to use. All Markdown-powered pages go to the content directory inside the Raneto installation. You can organize pages into subdirectories, which Raneto treats as separate sections. Additionally, the application's search functionality lets you easily find what you are looking for.

Final Word

Of course, the applications described in this article are not the only fish in the sea, and there are plenty of other Markdown tools that you might find useful. So, whether you need to generate static websites, manage tasks, or author ebooks, chances are there is a Markdown-powered tool for the job.

Dmitri Popov

Dmitri Popov has been writing exclusively about Linux and open source software for many years, and his articles have appeared in Danish, British, US, German, Spanish, and Russian magazines and websites. Dmitri is an amateur photographer, and he writes about open source photography tools on his Scribbles and Snaps blog at

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