Bear – Markdown Notes 4+

Create, Tag, Export, Encrypt

Shiny Frog Ltd.

    • 4.5 • 190 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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 1.9.6

**Important update: For users with large backups (over 4GB), please make a new one after this update**

We found a bug that could accidentally exclude some notes from large backups. The bug has been squashed.

To be safe, please download this update and make a new backup as soon as you can.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

scoobsoriginal ,

Bear, Probably the best notes app and much more

Bear probably is the most useful and best thought out notes and organisation app on the Apple ecosystem. I’m not a fan of the subscription model but one payment across MacOS, iPhone and iPad does make the Pro version good value. It works really well, syncing instantly across all devices. The resulting notes look great, it’s a good implementation of the Markdown format, all be it with some quirks especially related to linking.

I’ve recently taken on a small side job which is basically an admin position. The pay is derisory and it’s taking way too much time. It came with a cheap, bendy plastic PC which is now hidden and is only used as a file and VNC screen server. I was drowning in ugly, badly formatted documents with no way to track the day to day. I’ve started almost exclusively running the job in Bear, to-do’s minutes, agendas, notes, workflows, passwords in the encrypted notes. Put one of my new Bear documents side by side with the legacy ones and the aesthetic difference is laughable. I don’t have to tell you which is the winner.

The only quirk I’ve had are some formatting issues using the Bear to Word conversion but they were quickly fixed.

wanderlust167 ,

Perfect Note Taking App

The major selling point for this app is the speed of sync betweem devices and the ease in which you can input text and format it to your liking. I’m sure that some people would prefer more formatting options, but I personnaly feel that what is available is sufficient as you don’t get distracted trying to make things fancier than they need.
One of the features that I initially thought of as a gimmick, but now use a lot is the ability to tag notes so that you can easily find them. Added to this is the fact that you can add an icon to your tag making it so much easier to find things quickly; although the search is lighning quick anyway if you do need it.
I have used Evernote and Apple notes, but for me this is so good that I was more than happy to pay for a year’s use. As long as the price doesn’t rise extortionately I think I’ll be using this for some time.
The only item that I would like to see is linked phone numbers so that they would dial from my phone if I want to call the person.
Overall I think this is an ecellent app and believe that most people woulf find it very useful.

Macophilosophe ,

Another Happy Customer

The great thing about Bear is its simplicity. In a very short time, it has ceased to be an experiment, downloaded to see if I could find a use for it, to an essential tool. It is becoming the first app I select when I need to write all sorts of things, from reports to speeches, brief notes to check lists. As so many have said, the clever tagging system makes organisation easy. The fact that it syncs with the iPad and iPhone is tremendously useful. I prefer the interface to Apple’s Notes, good though that is, and the price to that of Ulysses, which I have also used for while. Though I share the general dislike of subscription software, this app is sensibly priced and gives me value for money. The one thing that’s missing, of course, is a Windows version for those of us who are forced to live in multiple ecosystems, but I’ve seen rumors that a web-based version may be on the way, which will solve that problem. Well done, Shiny Frog! This is a great product which deserves to go far.

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