Is there a plugin/xml file or any way to extend the capability of Kate to highlight Markdown?

I am really comfortable with Kate (using version 15.12.3) and I use it to write logs. For plain-text readibility I use Markdown, since it is a Markup language that (in my opinion) doesn't need compilation to look pretty. However, Markdown-syntax-highlighting helps!

Luckily, Kate supports some basic syntax highlighting, like highlighting headers (when using #), italic (using * or _), indents, inline code (using backticks) and lists (using - or 1. / 2. / ...).

However, some interesting features are missing, e.g. like bold text (using ** or __) highlighting headers in underline style:

h1: my header

h2: my sub header

and most importantly for me the syntax highlighting without indent, using backticks:

a syntax block in markdown can be started with indents (4 spaces):


but also with 3 backticks:

only in the backtick syntax we can use a notation 
that some tools convert to language specific highlighting

public class HelloWorld {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
     System.out.println("Hello, World");

Since I use this in plain-text markdown to write code that I can copy and paste without indents, I'd love if Kate would be able to recognize this as code. So are there syntax highlighting extensions for enhanced Markdown support in Markdown?


I don't think it is possible to just extend the syntax highlighting with preserving the original functionality, but you can definitely create your own template. You can find a documentation for how to do this on the official KDE site:


As you probably don't want to be starting from scratch, you can use this as your base file:


I would post here a link to some markdown highlighting file on the official KDE site or their git, but I couldn't find anything useful, unfortunately. After creating the .xml file you want, you need to save it to a specific location so Kate can find it. On my version of Linux (Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon), the path is


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