Convert Word Documents to Markdown using Python

Convert Word to Markdown in Python

Markdown (MD) is a popular format that is used to write articles, blogs, documentation, etc. However, sometimes it becomes difficult to remember and write the Markdown syntax. In such cases, you can simply write content in a Word document and convert it to Markdown. To automate Word to Markdown conversion, this article covers how to convert Word (.docx or .doc) documents to Markdown (.md) files using Python.

Python Word to Markdown Converter Library

In order to convert DOCX or DOC files to Markdown format, we will use Aspose.Words for Python. The API allows automating the word processing features from within the Python applications. You can create the new Word documents from scratch and manipulate or convert the existing ones seamlessly. Aspose.Words for Python is hosted on PyPI and can be installed using the following pip command.

pip install aspose-words

Convert Word to Markdown in Python

The following are the steps to convert a Word DOCX to Markdown format.

  • Load the Word document using Document class.
  • Convert Word document to Markdown using Document.save(string) method.

The following code sample shows how to convert a DOCX file to Markdown format using Python.

Customize Word to Markdown Conversion

Aspose.Words also allows you to control the Word to Markdown conversion using different options. For example, you can align content in the tables, specify a folder to save images, and so on. The following steps demonstrate how to use these options in Word to Markdown conversion using Python.

  • Load the Word document using Document class.
  • Create an object of MarkdownSaveOptions class.
  • Set desired options such as MarkdownSaveOptions.images_folder.
  • Convert Word document to markdown using Document.save(string, MarkdownSaveOptions) method.

The following code sample shows how to set additional options in DOCX to Markdown conversion using Python.

Get a Free API License

Use Aspose.Words for Python without evaluation limitations using a free temporary license.

Conclusion

In this article, you have learned how to convert Word documents to Markdown (.md) using Python. In addition, you have seen how to control Word to Markdown conversion using different options. Besides, you can visit the documentation of Aspose.Words for Python to explore other features. You can also ask your questions via our forum.

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