Preformatted Text

There are two ways to use monospace preformatted text within your Markdown document:

  • Using indentation
  • Using one or more backticks at the beginning and the end of a preformatted section

Using indentation

You can preformat a section of text or code by indenting the code with 4 or more spaces, or a tab.

Using indentation, it's not possible to add a rendering hint. It's also not possible to preformat text within a line using this syntax.

Indentation-based preformatting sometimes causes false positives where text is preformatted that isn't supposed to. For this reason, it is disabled in some Markdown renderers, including in Codeberg Documentation.

Using backticks

A better way of preformatting a section of text is by starting a section of text with one or more backtick characters.

Here, we use 3 backtick characters on its own line, then our text, then another line containing 3 more backticks.


You can also preformat a section of text within a line using backtick syntax. The following text is for example preformatted by using the backtick syntax.

Rendering hints

Sometime renderers use hints to syntax highlight the code in a preformatted section.

To provide a hint, simply add the language name at the end of the introductory backtick(s).

For example, using shell as the hint will tell the renderer that the given code should be highlighted as a shell script:


echo "Hello world"

The same thing would be rendered without syntax highlighting if the hint is not given:


echo "Hello world"

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