Formatting Codes


Specifically for new Duolingo users who wonder how in certain comments or discussions, how certain text are bold or italicized or etc. Well this guide should help answer that question and shows examples!

Bold text: **Bold** which becomes Bold

Italic Text: *Italic* which becomes Italic

Quote Text: >Hello, World and all who inhabit it! which becomes

Hello, World and all who inhabit it!

(Once you are done quoting, just make a new line and don't use the ">" at beginning of new line)

Linking a URL: [Click Here]( becomes Click Here

In other words: [Whatever Text to Display to Click](URL of website]

Image Linking: ![]( becomes

In other words: ![](Imgur URL of uploaded image)

(Remember to first upload your image to imgur and then copy the specific imgur link they give you and insert it properly. Don't forget the "!")

Unorganized List: * Test 1

* Test 2

(Sorry for the not properly indented explanation)


  • Test 1
  • Test 2

(Make sure there is a space after the asterisk or "*" and make sure you make a new line after each list. So basically every line should have an * and then space and then the name of list. Hope you understand. Sorry for the weird spaces in the unorganized list explanation. Highlighting mistakes)

There are more formatting codes but this is the basic to let you know on how the formatting works. I hope this guide helped you and if you see any errors or have questions, feel free to tell/ask. Thanks!

Also additional from Samsta! Thanks!

Extra from Samsta:

You could also add: ***Italics and Bold*** which becomes Italics and Bold and

This text is written by placing a back-tick ( ` ) on both sides of the selected text. (The back-tick can usually be found to the left of the 1 key, under the esc key [upper left corner])

April 12, 2014

This discussion is locked.
<h1>Thank you! This is x1000 AWESOME!!!</h1>

Duo, aren't




I agree.

Doesn't Duolingo rock?



I know right?

July 7, 2014


赞赞赞 (>▽<)

April 29, 2014

How did you did it?

November 18, 2015

Please work!

February 15, 2015

Thnx! I was wondering how people could do that!

April 12, 2014

I think DL uses markdown

May 9, 2014

Thank you!

By the way, you can use any image URL.

"The venn diagram of boys who don't like smart girls and boys you don't want to date is a circle." -John Green

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3!

February 27, 2015

Finally I found Hetalia in the comments! xD

October 28, 2015

Thanks, I'm always forgetting these!

April 12, 2014

Thanks so much. Does it also work in immersion? For proper style, the names of books should be written in Italics, but I have not been doing that because I did not know how.

April 13, 2014

It does not work in Immersion.

April 13, 2014

This discussion should be listed in every discussion page after buttons "Post", "Cancel" with a title "Text formatting codes". Or maybe it should be listed somewhere else visible.

Text formatting codes near post

April 13, 2014

Or maybe introduce a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. If you want to underline something, just press a button on the editor.

April 14, 2014

I wonder how that would integrate into the current programming, but yes WYSIWYG would be ideal!

April 14, 2014

That would be very helpful. Nice suggestion. Thanks for the lingots everyone and especially the upvotes! The upvotes help make this discussion visible so thank you very much!

April 13, 2014

Another option would be a sidebar element/link on the discussion homepage (beneath your subscriptions etc.) or a "sticky post" at the top of every discussion page (as you suggested) with general forum guidelines, including these formatting options.

April 13, 2014

You can follow it and then find it easily later :)

April 15, 2014


  • one

  • two


This is a test



All should live by this philosophy


November 28, 2014
<h1>TESTING... :)</h1>


May 15, 2015

I'm finding that the blockquote feature will not work correctly on initial post -- the > symbol gets encoded as the &gt; entity. But then if I go back and edit and push it back to the symbol, it works. Very strange.

August 23, 2014

Yeah man, I get this all the time. Very annoying.

September 24, 2014

Hey, you need to have a closer look at the code that is used for dealing with links - the current code is destroying URLs, particularly those containing characters like &, = etc

February 19, 2015
<h1>I love learning languages {@style=color: green; front-size: large;} and that's all I like</h1>

Thanks to Duolingo for helping me with my main goal. {@style=color: blue}

I really need to work harder with my Dutch! {@style=color: red}

But it is so difficult to learn. {@style:color= orange}

I don't want to give up. {@style:color= orange}

November 18, 2015

Oh, how to make oblitirated text?

July 23, 2015

You could also add:

***Italics and Bold*** which becomes Italics and Bold


This text is written by placing a back-tick ( ` ) on both sides of the selected text. (The back-tick can usually be found to the left of the 1 key, under the esc key [upper left corner])


--- which becomes: (the line below)

April 13, 2014

I loved it

November 18, 2015


April 13, 2014


<h1>Title Level 1 using 1 hashtag</h1>

Title Level 2 using 2 hashtags

Title Level 3 using 3 hashtags

Title Level 4 using 4 hashtags

Title Level 5 using 5 hashtags
Title Level 6 using 6 hashtags

Italics One asterisk(*) before and after text
Bold Two asterisks(**) before and after text
Bold and Italics Three asterisks(***) before and after text
No Formatting One backtick before and after text
--- Lists For lists, keep one blank line between the list items and the text before it

  • Item1 One asterisk(*) followed by a blank space before text
  • Item 2


  1. Item1 Just the number followed by a dot(.) and a blank space before the text
  2. Item2

Quote, this is a quote. One greater than sign (>) before the text

This is what you do to
start a new line. Two blank spaces after the first line

And this is what you do to

start a new paragraph. A blank line between two lines of text

Links [Linked Text](URL of website)

![Image Caption](Image URL)

April 15, 2014

One more thing that I didn't see mentioned here, if you want to link to a user's page from their username [luis](luis) produces luis

June 10, 2014

You forgot the slash after the username in the link: [luis](/luis) produces luis.

July 4, 2014

I didn't use a slash in my code. Both [luis](luis) and[luis](/luis) produce luis

July 5, 2014

Either work for me :-) Have a lingot.

October 18, 2014

No. Without slash, the link is broken.

July 6, 2014

I didn't really get the LEVEL3,4,5,6 us of hashtags can you please explain again?

September 27, 2014

Hasthags are the "#" letter which are used to categorize so for example:
if I put "######" directly before a word without a space it looks like this:

6hashtags###### .

But I just found out that it only works in a new line - eiher a new paragraph, or the way you create a new line is to add 2 empty spaces at the end of the last line.

August 28, 2015

The more hashtags you put the smaller the title gets from the originally really big one,

April 23, 2015

Thanks, it helps tremendously to have these all in one place!

April 15, 2014

About the lines in your comment, I have a question, can you please help me?

May 5, 2014

Use ---

Do you see this?

May 6, 2014


July 15, 2014


July 1, 2014

Underlines also make italics.

February 25, 2015

Let me try this... BOLD ITALICS BOLD AND ITALICS : ) : ) : )\ an immersion document about monopoly : ) This is awesome! I will follow this post so that I can come back to review this when I need to, Thanks so much! : )

May 11, 2015






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August 2, 2015

Sorry I did not understand how to highlight, could you explain me please?

October 17, 2015

Thank U very much! I made a version in Simplified Chinese according to yours! Click Here to have a look!

May 5, 2014

merci beaucoup

May 6, 2014

I'm bookmarking this. Thanks!

May 9, 2014

Hi! Can you write how you made this line above the "Also additional from Samsta! Thanks !"

December 28, 2014

Thank you very much stingerbee12 this has been extremely helpful.

I would just add that if you want to include the asterisk or the greater than symbol (or any other special character) you can do so by adding the backslash or antislash "\" thus \* will display the *.

December 29, 2014

Yes, just like in many programming and scripting languages.

Bash Scripting: cd My\ Folder

AppleScript: display dialog "He said, \"Hello, World!\""

June 26, 2015

*look, I write with asterisks and nothing happens...*
* maybe I'm magical *

January 21, 2015

You are using the backslash before the asterisk, aren't you?

April 23, 2015

*No... XD But that one works, too *

April 23, 2015
<h1>this is a test.</h1>
May 29, 2015
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I'm trying to post a base64 image. I'm using this code:


I've tried several variations and I just can't get the image to show. What is wrong with the syntax? Thank you.

July 7, 2015
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OK, here's what I need to do:

  1. One space after the [Name of image] and the opening parenthesis.
  2. Use parentheses instead of < and />.
  3. Start with "date:image/gif. . . " and leave off everything else. Leave off the quotation marks.

Here is the correct format:


I still don't know what exactly the "Name of image" string does, though.

July 7, 2015

It gets displayed instead of the image for those who have turned image loading off or use text browsers.

July 8, 2015
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July 8, 2015
  • 1653

Name of image

July 7, 2015

Thanks soo much

November 16, 2015

must we use imgur ..

are there other ways of putting down pictures






April 13, 2014

No. Any valid URL works.

Yours was not quite right. Should have been ![Cat]( Cat

In Firefox, right click the image and choose View Image Info. You will see that the full filename included ".jpg". (Other browsers are probably similar.) You also missed the text element "[ ]", which is required even if empty.

April 13, 2014

Right clicks often give you the option to copy the image source URL directly. I am a mac user, so I can't speak for PCs but right clicking an image should also give you these options...

Chrome: "Copy Image URL"

Firefox: "Copy Image Location"

Safari: "Copy Image Address"

April 13, 2014


April 14, 2014

I've done whatever you write here but still can't upload photos!

September 3, 2014

To upload a photo, do this: ![] ( Be sure to put a space between the last bracket and the first parenthesis.

September 7, 2014

I always wondered how to do this!

April 26, 2015

Lemme try.

This is a test. This is another test.

May 11, 2015

you mean like this

June 19, 2015

Thanks for this!

April 13, 2014

thank you

September 4, 2014

Thank you!

April 13, 2014

Thank you!

April 13, 2014

Thank you!

April 14, 2014

get it

April 14, 2014




April 14, 2014

This is so dang cool

April 16, 2014


April 20, 2014

I also use Google Translate to learn more. (Or surprisingly often to help someone who speaks a different language--just did that today with some Serbian gentleman, actually.)

February 15, 2015

Should you have used ![ ](

April 21, 2014

It came out wrong.

April 21, 2014

ill be honest i done before !

January 11, 2016

Thanks for this

April 28, 2014


May 9, 2014

I am testing

Here's a great place to visit. An Awesome Website

June 24, 2014

Testing: [Click here] (

July 1, 2014

[Click here] ( doesn't work. Why?

September 5, 2014

Maybe because you left a space between [] and () ?

September 5, 2014

Yes, you're right. Thank you!

September 5, 2014

testing: these are my kittens:

July 2, 2014

Yay, thank you so much! duolingo main page

August 23, 2014
#thank you so much!

This is awesome

this is amazing

August 30, 2014

Thanks so much for all this info! :)

September 15, 2014

Try quoting?
is it working?

September 24, 2014
September 24, 2014

How can I upload a hidden comment?

November 17, 2014

You don't. I believe the Duolingo team does that if the comment appears to be just clutter or if it is inappropriate/suggestive.

December 9, 2015
  • Test :)
  • thank you very much!
  • I can finally do bullet points!!
November 26, 2014

Thank you!1 :)

December 21, 2014

> Hello world

January 10, 2015

Hello, World and all who inhabit it!

January 10, 2015

Test Test

February 5, 2015

Thanks Samsta

February 5, 2015

Like this?

February 11, 2015

How did you do the citation format (Extra from Samsta (...))?

February 25, 2015


March 7, 2015

This is amazing, thank you!

March 12, 2015

Thanks Thanks]



Hi c:

*Test 1

([ir para duolingo]

March 17, 2015
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April 17, 2015

Test shudders * shudders *

May 10, 2015

Ok. lets see if this works and this and mabye this? by the way, this is my a link to my stream

May 11, 2015

This is very useful!

May 18, 2015

high light yes!!!

May 27, 2015

Danke !

June 7, 2015

[deactivated user]

    let me try

    June 11, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      try again

      June 11, 2015

      This Is Really Cool! Thanks For This!

      June 11, 2015
      June 13, 2015

      Very helpful! WHO DEY!

      June 26, 2015

      [deactivated user]



        Hello, World and all who inhabit it!

        • Test 2

        Test 2

        June 29, 2015


        July 14, 2015


        August 9, 2015


        August 9, 2015
        September 23, 2015

        I guess this helped a bit!

        September 24, 2015


        Thanks for the tip. This is pretty cool.

        September 26, 2015

        test Duolingo Gives weird phrases why?

        September 27, 2015
        • test
        • also a test
        September 28, 2015
        September 29, 2015

        Thank you, I was looking for this This is pretty cool

        October 1, 2015


        November 5, 2015

        this is so cool

        November 5, 2015

        [deactivated user]


          November 12, 2015


          November 14, 2015

          November 20, 2015

          Italics and bold yeaaaaaaaa

          December 2, 2015


          December 6, 2015

          Need to see if it works

          December 10, 2015

          This is really helpful!!

          I was very excited to see that a link I wanted to include in a reply really did appear after I posted. : )

          However, the color wasn't right: Span¡shD! there some trick I'm missing here?

          January 5, 2016

          Put @style inside the brackets, for example:

          [ * { @style = color: orange; font-style: normal;} Diccionario de español *] ( )

          Remember to remove the spaces. Result:

          {@style = color: orange; font-style: normal;}Diccionario de español

          January 5, 2016


          January 6, 2016

          Who down-voted my comment, must be a jealous and idiot kid.

          January 11, 2016


          October 21, 2015

          November 20, 2015

          Links test

          June 11, 2014


          August 9, 2015


          April 14, 2014

          Since the post above is voted down and therewith hidden,
          and any reply to hidden posts will also be hidden,
          this is a great opportunity to post your tests as a reply here without cluttering the main chat.

          August 29, 2015


          September 29, 2015



          • List 1
          • List 2
          <h1>Heading 1</h1>
          September 24, 2015

          IP address?

          June 24, 2014

          Probably, his public IP.

          October 26, 2014

          test Duolingo Gives weird phrases why?

          September 27, 2015
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