Shortcodes are special markdown directives that generate various types of content. Quarto shortcodes are similar in form and function to Hugo shortcodes and WordPress shortcodes.

For example, the following shortcode prints the title from document metadata:

{{< meta title >}}

Built-in Shortcodes

Quarto supports several shortcodes natively:

Shortcode Description
var Print value from _variables.yml file
meta Print value from document metadata
env Print system environment variable
pagebreak Insert a native page-break
kbd Describe keyboard shortcuts
video Embed a video in a document
include Include contents of another qmd
embed Embed cells from a Jupyter Notebook
placeholder Add placeholder images to your document
lipsum Add placeholder text to your document

If you want to dive in to creating your own shortcode, check out the article on Creating Shortcodes.