v2.1.0(almost 2 years ago)
Both Markdown-it and Showdown are popular npm packages for parsing and rendering Markdown. Markdown-it has gained significant popularity in recent years and has a larger community and user base compared to Showdown.
Markdown-it is known for its extensive feature set and flexibility. It supports various Markdown flavors, has a modular architecture, and allows customization through plugins. Showdown, on the other hand, provides a simpler and more straightforward API with fewer customization options.
In terms of performance, Markdown-it is generally considered to be faster and more efficient than Showdown. Markdown-it is optimized for speed and has a reputation for being one of the fastest Markdown parsers available.
Both packages are compatible with Node.js and can be used in server-side applications. Additionally, Markdown-it has excellent browser compatibility and can be used in client-side applications, while Showdown has limited browser support.
Both packages have well-documented APIs and provide examples and guides to help developers get started. Markdown-it has more comprehensive and detailed documentation, making it easier for developers to understand and use the library effectively.
Markdown-it has a larger and more active community compared to Showdown. It has a dedicated GitHub repository with regular updates, bug fixes, and community contributions. Showdown, while still maintained, has a smaller community and fewer updates.