Octopress now has Footnotes

If you update to the latest Octopress and you still use the rdiscount markdown processor, you now get footnotes like this 1. I was previously using a CSS workaround because I prefer the speed of rdiscount for my growing site2 and still wanted footnotes.

To create a footnote, use the standard MultiMarkdown [^1] anchor to create the footnote reference link, and add [^1]: The footnote content. to the bottom of the file3.

I also prefer my footnotes a tad smaller, lighter and closer together, so I added the following CSS to my sass/custom/_styles.css file:

.footnotes {
  font-size: 13px;
  line-height: 16px;
  color: #666;
  p {
	  margin-bottom: 6px;

If you prefer popover style footnotes (which I do not), try the Footnotes Popover by Matt Gemmell.

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  1. This is a footnote. ↩︎

  2. If you had changed Markdown processors, you would have gotten footnotes sooner, but at the cost of significantly slower site generation speed. rdiscount is fast C code, the others are slower interpreted code. ↩︎

  3. Bold and italics work here too. ↩︎

Posted By Hilton Lipschitz · May 8, 2013 5:30 PM