“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times

“iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can be.” ***** The Guardian

“iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED

4 x Best of App Store Winner

# The Simple Writing App
iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space, so you can express yourself clearly.

# Focus
Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence or paragraph, helping you stay in the flow.

# Start
Don’t worry about the format. First, write in plain text. Then preview in HTML.

# Organize
Search, sort, and quickly swap between documents from different clouds without leaving the window.

# Work
iA Writer includes an inverted light-on-dark-mode, perfect for working day and night.

# Clean
Spot superfluous adjectives, weak verbs, repetitive nouns, false conjunctions and clean your text of the usual rumble.

# Shape
Customize your templates and export to WordPress or Medium, HTML, Microsoft Word (.docx), or PDF.

# 100% Text
Embed links, pictures, tables and text files in plain text and see them in preview.

# Get in Touch
- Visit for more information
- Visit for support and feedback
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

What’s New

Version 5.6.3

This update fixes a few small bugs. It includes all the great features in iA Writer 5.6:

# Style Check
- Improve your writing by getting rid of fillers, clichés, and redundancies
- They’re automatically dimmed and crossed-out as you type
- Easy to delete: double-click to select the whole phrase
- Private: all processing is done on your device
- Fast: optimized to work in real-time
- Enable in Focus menu or with Option+Shift+Command+D
- Built-in patterns for English, French, German
- Add your own patterns in Editor settings
- Use the ? button when editing custom patterns to learn how to make them better by providing context, exceptions, and using regular expressions

# Other Improvements
- Markdown files open up to 350 times faster
- More responsive when editing large files
- Editor correctly handles inline code that contains backticks

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

rachikb ,


This app is just perfect for writing.
Will need a better selection for rendering/export.
The team is doing an excellent job, and keep the updates free.

Doge Loredan ,

Hard to describe ...

If you enjoy writing for its own sake, you may fall in love with this app. It is awfully close to the old feeling of writing on a typewriter (and I did a lot of that before personal computers came along, so I know what I’m talking about). And in fact, iA Writer even has a typewriter “focus” mode.

The guys at iA are design experts. Check out their site and blog( The articles are interesting. These people are OBSESSED with typography and how it affects our work.

Consequently they designed a Markdown editor that is like nothing else. They give you a single wonderful font (that they custom designed) and greatly restrict all the other options. This is not Word. There is almost nothing to tinker with. Just get to work.

I also use Ulysses for bigger projects and to organize tons of notes. And FoldingText for outlining in Markdown. And recently Bear for other Markdown notes (yeah I love Markdown*). But when I need to write for work or pleasure, the text often starts in iA Writer.

*The whole point of MD is that you can do formatting on the fly—your hands rarely need to leave the keyboard. Just like on a typewriter. If you haven’t tried Markdown, download any of the free editors available and give it a try. It takes about three minutes to learn the basics.

niblettes ,

Expensive frustrating markdown

iA Writer is yet another text editor… a very expensive text editor. More than a few things it does are very frustrating. For example saving files. iA makes saving files to any location outside of its iCloud root folder a cumbersome click and navigate fest. Every. Single. Time. It almost seems like they went out of thier way to kluge this process together because I have never used another app that follows it. Also, its default template is absolutely horrible for visual scanning. Sure you can add alternative templates, but why set as a default a template with such poor scanability? The raw markdown is better. And sourcing an alternative template is a long and ultimately fruitless experience. For such an expensive editor in such a saturated space I should not have to spend this much effort just to bring it up to par. And, need support? a FAQ is all you get. That’s right for a $40 text editor there is for all intents and purposes no support.

Developer Response ,

We have extensive support pages on our website, not just an FAQ. And of course if you have specific questions you can always reach us at
Regarding file access: you can add any folder you like on your Mac as a location in the Library. Click the "+" button beside the Locations label.


Information Architects GmbH
15.2 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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