Pretext 4+

Markdown & Plain Text Editor

Sam Oakley

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 87 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Pretext is a simple but feature-filled Markdown and plain text editor.

• Markdown syntax highlighting
• HTML preview and export
• Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts
• Quick-tap format options
• Files app/Document provider support
• Seamless iOS integration
• Customisable font size
• Full undo/redo/revert-all-changes support
• Dark theme and icon (in-app purchase required)


"This app is now my default solution for quickly creating .md files to share with other people." - Federico Viticci, MacStories


‪Pretext is designed to work seamlessly with iCloud Drive and other file providers. This means you can open files directly from your Files app, and any changes are saved right back, available to use on other devices and in other applications. No clunky import and export steps just to make an edit – instead, you keep full control of your files.

Pretext works great on all your iOS devices. Thanks to comprehensive keyboard shortcuts, Pretext works especially well with iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard.

If you encounter any problems, please get in touch at, tweet @pretext_app, or post at /r/pretextapp.

What’s New

Version 1.1.0

Thanks for using Pretext! This update adds support for system Dark Mode* and Multi-Window (on iPadOS).
If you encounter any problems, please get in touch at, tweet @pretext_app, or post at /r/pretextapp.

*Pretext's theme now follows the system setting for Dark Mode. The in-app purchase now unlocks fixed themes, if you always want light or dark enabled regardless of the system theme.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Sirrahn ,

Great app

I am really enjoying this writing app. Killer feature is the simplicity and straightforward interface with files - opening, saving etc from various locations. Other similar apps made this so convoluted. One improvement could need to make saving files with a new name easier.

I am having difficulty with the app when I close my iPad and then reopen. The app freezes and then I have to reload the file again. Would be great if this was fixed.

I would also like it if I could change the margin size in settings.

Mr Blee ,

Does exactly what I wanted

I just needed a text editor that worked with the text files on my phone. How hard was that to find? Pretty hard apparently. This app does the job well.

pja2536 ,

Very good text editor

This is a very good, extremely easy to use text editor.

I would rate it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ except for two issues:

1. It's really hard to contact the developer for support!

2. The HTML preview feature (really useful it is to) has a problem.

HTML Preview Characterset Problem:

Non-ascii characters are not processed, instead show as random characters

For example "…" (horizontal ellipsis) character shows as "…" and "—" (EM dash) shows as 'â€"'

These non-ascii characters display perfectly in the editor pane.

Hopefully the developer sees this and resolves it. Then I'll give him the extra ⭐️

App Privacy

The developer, Sam Oakley, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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