Write in portable Markdown, encrypt your notes, sync notes, organize notes with nested tags, add sketches, pick a beautiful theme, export to a variety of formats

Bear is a focused, flexible notes app used by writers, lawyers, chefs, teachers, engineers, students, parents and more! Bear has quick organisation, editing tools, and export options to help you write quickly and share anywhere and preserve your privacy with encryption.

2017 Apple Design Award
App Store App of the Year 2016
“My journaling app of choice is Bear” - Kit Eaton, New York Times

*WRITE YOUR WAY* with flexible yet simple tools

- Tools stay out of your way so you can just write
- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes and lock Bear with Face/Touch ID (Bear Pro required. Learn more below)
- Easily create notes with Siri and iOS Shortcuts
- Use Apple Watch to dictate and append to recent notes
- Pick from over a dozen themes for the perfect writing space (requires Bear Pro. Learn more below)
- Support for sketching, drawing, and Apple Pencil (and other styli)
- Grab images, text, files, and clip web pages with Bear’s app extension

*ORGANIZE QUICKLY* with tasks and #tags

- Add #tags, #multi-word tags# and even #multiple/nested/tags anywhere in a note for quick organization
- Add tasks to notes to stay on track
- Archive notes to keep them around, but out of your way
- Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, reference other notes, and more
- Pick custom icons to help important tags stand out in the Sidebar
- Use emoji autocomplete to add style to your tasks, journals, headings, and more


- Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, EPUB, and TextBundle (some export options require Bear Pro)
- Copy part of a note in a variety of formats to paste elsewhere
- Easily share your notes to any third party app including Wordpress, Mail, Sparkle, etc...


- Use Spotlight to search your notes from anywhere
- Quickly find what you need with keyword highlights
- Focus on specific types of notes with powerful Search Triggers. Try @task to find all notes with todos.

*USE IT EVERYWHERE* with sync in Bear Pro

- Sync your notes between Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
- Notes sync via iCloud, not our servers
- A single in-app subscription works across all your devices


- Bear is private at its core: We cannot see your notes, tags, or anything else
- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you (Bear Pro required)
- **NEW** Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID (Bear Pro required)
- Export notes to portable formats like Plain Text, Markdown, and TextBundle
- With a Bear Pro subscription, your notes sync via iCloud, not our servers
- Backup and restore all notes with just a couple taps


One low, yearly subscription enables a variety of features on all your devices and keeps the Bear hugs coming.

- **NEW** Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you
- **NEW** Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID
- Sync notes between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac via iCloud
- Advanced export to PDF, HTML, DOCX, JPG
- Over a dozen gorgeous app themes to help you create the best writing environment
- More themes are on the way
- Keep the Bear updates coming

$1.49 monthly, $14.99 annually (save 18%)

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Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. After purchase, manage your subscriptions in App Store Account Settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.

$1.49 monthly, includes a one week free trial
$14.99 annually, includes a one month free trial

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What’s New

Version 1.8.4

This update includes a variety of under-the-hood additions and fixes for a dozen odd bugs and behaviors. If we made Bear a little better for you, we’d really appreciate a rating or even a review in the store! They help us immensely.

* [Mac] In-note search is back inside the note window, even when a note is detached from the main app
* Use the new `OR` search operator to find all notes that contain either one of the search terms. For example: `Bear or panda` will find all notes that have the word “bear” or “panda”
* Bear now displays thumbnail previews for photos in Google’s WebP image format (iOS 14 or macOS 11 required)
* The TextBundle importer will now include non-image attachments
* 2 new Bear Pro themes! Nord and Lighthouse

## Bugfixes
* [Mac + iOS] Fixed a rare crash with Spotlight indexing and a possible cause of some app crashes
* [iOS] Fixed a bug that was making it impossible to open tags disclosures in some conditions
* [iOS] Fixed a glitch when managing notes in the Note List while the device is in landscape orientation
* [Mac + iOS] Fixed a rare widget memory usage bug to avoid sluggish app performance and a possible crash
* [Mac + iOS] Improved TextBundle export with a more memory-efficient assets generation. This should avoid memory usage spikes and a related crash
* [Mac] Fixed the browser extension sometimes not using the tag users specified in the “Web Content Preferences” setting
* [Mac] Fixed a problem with Bear’s window sometimes not closing with the ⌘W shortcut
* [Mac + iOS] Fixed a rare bug when linking notes and a note titles ends with `]`
* [Mac] The Quick Look attachment preview now respect the attachment order inside the note
* [Mac + iOS] Fixed the rendering of nested todo items in Single Note widgets
* [Mac + iOS] Improved management of many export options. Bear should leave fewer temporary files laying around

## X-Callback-URLs
* ` /add-text` no longer adds a specified tag if it already exists in the target note
* Added base64 image support for `/create` and `/grab-url`

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
867 Ratings

867 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Steinbeck liked pencils, and Orwell had his trusty Remington typewriter. But us? We like Bear. It’s a writing app that’s as capable as the best of them—but doesn’t bury us in technical intricacies and toolbars. Linking notes is as easy as dropping a hashtag, and formatting your work is a total breeze. We especially love this Apple Design Award winner on iPad.

735M ,

Positiv überrascht

Die App verwaltet Notizen über markierte Stichwörter, die wiederum automatisch Ordner und Unterordner erstellen. Fand ich erst gewöhnungsbedürftig, hat mich aber überzeugt. Dieses System kann letztlich alles, was klassische Ordnerstrukturen können und mehr. Die Tagerstellung ist durch Vorschläge, die nach Eintippen der ersten Zeichen vom Programm gemacht werden sehr schnell und einfach. Hilfreich fand ich auch die Möglichkeit, Notizen zu verlinken, so dass man von einer Notiz durch klicken auf ein Stichwort direkt in die Nächste kommt. Ideal für Menschen mit sehr vielen Notizen. App ist sehr übersichtlich, einige andere bekannte Notizapps sollen mehr Funktionen haben, Bear hat aber auch ne Menge; ich habe jedenfalls bisher nix vermisst.

Apfelbine ,

Ich liebe diese App...

...vor allem die Sortierung über die Tags und das verlinken einer Notiz. Besonders gelungen finde ich das ToDo‘s zum Abhaken erkannt werden und unter einem Extrareiter gesammelt werden.
Der Preis für das Abo ist sehr human, aber man braucht es noch nicht einmal zwingend um wunderbar mit arbeiten zu können. Ich werde wohl demnächst eines abschließen ohne es zu benötigen, allein deshalb weil die App es wert ist.
Ja, überraschenderweise wollen die Entwickler auch von etwas leben ;) Und ich persönlich wäre traurig wenn die Wartung dieser App irgendwann eingestellt wird, wie es bei so vielen anderen bereits der Fall war.
P.S. Ich mache es bei Abos übrigens so, das ich direkt bei Abschluss kündige, um nach dem Zeitraum zu entscheiden ob ich noch gewillt bin zu bezahlen, bei dieser App bin ich mir aber sicher, dass sie bleibt!


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App Privacy

The developer, Shiny Frog Ltd., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

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

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