First released in 2009, GoodReader marks its 10-year anniversary with a better-than-ever major upgrade, GoodReader 5.

It's not easy to outperform ourselves after 10 years of delivering wonderful updates with extraordinary new features, but we did it! Again!

Already top in its class, and everybody's favorite go-to tool, GoodReader just got significantly better.

GoodReader is a perfect combination of document-reading and file-managing capabilities. It's your one-stop shop for all your document needs when you're on the go with your iOS device.

Use the app once, and you'll be hooked. Soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to work without it.

-= File Reading =-
PDF, TXT, MS Office, iWork, HTML, pictures, music & audio-books, videos. This is what you can view in GoodReader, plus you can also annotate PDF files and edit TXT files.

-= PDF Reading and Annotating =-
PDF files is where GoodReader truly shines. Reading experience is so superior, it's hard to describe. To rephrase one of our customers' review, "try it, and you'll see." While you're at it, give our PDF Reflow feature a try. You'll be surprised how much better PDF reading goes when you don't have to scroll left/right all the time, for every single line of text.
Annotating PDFs is another star feature of our app. Adding notes and drawings, highlighting text, and then sharing your annotated files or annotation summaries will be your main productivity and collaboration asset.

-= File Management =-
While reading files is a big part of GoodReader, it's not all it can do. It can also serve as a central hub for all your files, even those that can't be opened by GoodReader itself. It's like bringing your personal computer experience to your mobile device — easily managing huge collections of files and folders will make you forget you don't have your laptop around.

-= Connecting =-
Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP — these are all accessible from inside GoodReader. Download, upload, and sync individual files or huge folder collections.

-= Security =-
With GoodReader, your data security steps up to the level previously only dreamt of. With Pro Pack (*), our new set of professional-level super-features, you'll get AES-256, a military-grade encryption, for all your data, at a price of a cup of coffee! And it's completely independent from the built-in Apple's Data Protection, so even if a hacker steals and unlocks your device, your data will still be protected by another strong layer of security, our own.

-= Split-Screen =-
A part of the Pro Pack (*) add-on, this wonderful new feature allows you to split an iPad screen in half, to read two files side-by-side. And even two different parts of the same file!

-= Privacy =-
Our commitment is to never monitor any user activity or gather any analytical data through the app. There are no usernames, profiles or accounts to log in to. Use the tool at your leisure with ZERO monitoring.

(*): Pro Pack is a paid add-on, sold separately from inside the app, as an in-app purchase.

What’s New

Version 5.1.5

New in 5.1.5:
- FIXED: an issue with Secure Photocopy crashes

Enormous GoodReader 5 upgrade. New everything. Full list of new features on our website:

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
996 Ratings

996 Ratings

HennyDooley ,

Essential multi-use app!!

I have used both the old version and the current version of GoodReader over several years now! I find it really fast to transfer text files such as PDFs and also audio files. I’ve found that I can transfer anything to GoodReader, when other apps fail to respond e.g. podcast apps in the case of audio. I would have given 5 stars, actually, except for the fact that I have a problem with the colour contrast of the interface, it is so “charcoal” and I find it hard to see inside the house let alone if I’m in the outdoors wanting to listen to audio etc. A few days ago I decided to use the support icon at the bottom of the GoodReader screen to contact the team to recommend a change to the colour contrast of the interface to make it more accessible for all. Within a couple of days I had a good comprehensive reply from the team. And it was good news that the next version/upgrade will have a different look that will take accessibility options into account in the interface. I’m a happy customer! Helen from Wollongong, Australia.

abitstrange ,

Getting clunky

How long till an upgrade????...The app developers have been saying that Version 5 is coming “soon”.
You have to understand that their definition of “soon” is not the same as a user’s definition. I have been using PDF EXPERT for the last year because GoodReader has not upgraded “soon”. My first email regarding when would there be an upgrade was over a year ago and nothing apart from some minor internal surgery was made.
This app needs to upgrade quickly if it wants to retain users and get recommendation.
It needs to have apps that operate in both iOS12 and Mohave which PDF Expert by Readdle have.
If GoodReader has that kind of functionality it will be fantastic. In the meantime I have now been directing my emails to Readdle asking them to make their product more Goodreaderish. They respond better and sooner.

Philofessor ,

Excellent except the manuals

I don't think there can be a better app for iPad for reading many kinds of documents, especially .pdf. Good Reader is packed with features which would take some time to fully absorb. You can, however, just get into it at the basic level and learn as you go.

My only issue is the arrangement of manuals. They state at the outset that it is a complex app. Fine, but they seem to go out of their way to prove to you how complex it is. Actually, navigating the manuals is more complex than the app itself. Do we need to have to go from one link to the other and thrown into the intricacies before we are introduced to the basic functions? I get it. I will need to graduate from the GR PolyU before I can use all features of the GR. I just wish the lectures were a little more user friendly.

In-App Purchases

Pro Pack
set of professional-level features


Good.iWare, Inc.
69.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Pro Pack $9.99


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