Advanced Markdown Formatting in Forum Channels

Discord Oct 8, 2022

If you are active in Discord, you have probably seen some people use advanced formatting in their forum posts. For example, they might use different heading sizes or lists to make their posts stand out. Or, they might use code blocks to create codes Forum Channels are designed to allow conversations to coexist without people talking over each other.

Discord is one of the very few apps that supports Markdown, a simple markup language that allows you to format your text in a variety of ways.

There's a lot you can do with Markdown in Discord - and we're here to show you how to do it. In this article, we'll walk you through some of the more advanced things you can do with Markdown in Discord, from code blocks to inline formatting. But before we get into all that, let's quickly go over the basics of Markdown.

Markdown is a lightweight formatting language that gives you complete control over how your text looks. You can use it to format your text any way you want, and it's very easy to learn. Now that we've got the basics out of the way, let's dive into some of the more advanced things you can do with Markdown in Discord.


Title the first part of your post that your readers will see and the part that's responsible for getting them to click through and read the rest. Make it catchy!

There's not much formatting you can do in the title of your post. You can't use characters like

  • . ( Full Stop or Period)
  • / (Forward Slash)

Message Content

This is the “meat and potatoes” of your post. It can be about anything—from new updates, to sharing your art or anything. It supports basic formatting such as bold, italics, underlined and also spoilers and quotes.

But these are just the basic ones. The advanced ones made specifically for forums include

  • #Your heading (make sure that there's space between the number sign -# and your text, I can't add it here for technical reasons)

If you don't add a space it shows you to link your channels like this

  • ##Your heading( again make sure there's space)
  • To add an unordered list (containing bullets) add a "-" before every list item. It does not update in real-time but you will be able to see the output.
  • To create an ordered list (containing numbers), just add your numbers as simple as that.

Also, note if you just write 1. in your first list item and continue after, with any digit, Discord autocorrects it numerically.

For Example-

The output will be shown as-

-   Now the final one is to create a sub-list or nested list; just add your primary list as stated above Press Enter and give an Asterisk (*) symbol and add your secondary list just below. You can make it neater by giving some indent space.

Nested List

A nested list is a list inside another list. You can create a nested unordered list, or a nested ordered list, or even an ordered list nested inside an unordered one.

If you have followed through with this guide, you may have an output like this on your post.

Output for the Above text.
To do some basic editing of the text just select your text, and it will pop out a small menu where you can make your text appear bold, italic, struck, coded and even put a spoiler.


Forums have some pretty great text editing tools. But where does it lack? We wish we had more control over adding images inline and adding hyperlinks in the text which is not currently supported. We hope Discord is working on adding more features to Forums

If you need to learn more about Discord Forums, check this article first:

Forum Channels on Discord are Finally Out for Everyone
Discord Forum Channels after being tested for months, are now finally out for everyone. Forum channels are a revolutionary way for Discord communities to organize their conversation.

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Suyash Raj

I am a developer, designer, and writer. I write on web technologies and also blog about football. I love to travel as well. You can say I'm a polymath. Feel free to talk to me about anything! -Vale-