Using withbody filter as suggested in this thread (How to get Question/Answer body in the API response using filters?) returns body as HTML. How do I get the original markdown?


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The body_markdown field in the question (or answer) categories will give you the markdown.

So, !9YdnSJ*_T would be the filter to get a question with the markdown.

Demo: This question:

API URL: https://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/questions/18474564?order=desc&sort=activity&site=stackoverflow&filter=!9YdnSJ*_T returns:

  "items": [
      "tags": [
      "owner": {
        "reputation": 4298,
        "user_id": 182289,
        "user_type": "registered",
        "accept_rate": 74,
        "profile_image": "https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/8a9e9df04ece9865fed808e9fdcdc41b?s=128&d=identicon&r=PG",
        "display_name": "stepanian",
        "link": "https://stackoverflow.com/users/182289/stepanian"
      "is_answered": true,
      "view_count": 264551,
      "answer_count": 23,
      "score": 170,
      "last_activity_date": 1451887174,
      "creation_date": 1377634361,
      "last_edit_date": 1399668766,
      "question_id": 18474564,
      "body_markdown": "I want to use the Bootstrap 3 default navbar with an image logo instead of text branding. What's the proper way of doing this without causing any issues with different screen sizes? I assume this a common requirement, but I haven't yet seen a good code sample. A key requirement other than having acceptable display on all screen sizes is the menu collapsibility on smaller screens.\r\n\r\nI tried just putting an IMG tag inside the A tag that has the navbar-brand class, but that caused the menu not to function properly on my android phone. I also tried increasing the height of the navbar class, but that screwed things up even more.\r\n\r\nBy the way, my logo image is larger than the height of the navbar.",
      "link": "https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18474564/bootstrap-3-navbar-with-logo",
      "title": "Bootstrap 3 Navbar with Logo"
  "has_more": false,
  "quota_max": 10000,
  "quota_remaining": 9957

Note the body_markdown!

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