First released in 2009, GoodReader® is truly a veteran of the App Store.

It's not easy to outperform ourselves after 11 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!

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

What’s New

Version 5.8.1135

Support for amazing iOS 14 features:
- Widgets. Two beautiful types of widgets to bring file shortcuts and most used buttons right at your fingertips.
- Scribble. GoodReader works perfectly with Apple Pencil and Scribble - new iOS 14 experience allowing you to simply write where you previously had to type.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Dawkins g ,

GoodReader back on top

I use my iPad and phone to manage a lot of files and PDFs and also create a lot of documents so a good PDF management app is key. I have had both goodreader and PDF expert for several years and have flipped to and fro between as they have gone through their iterative update. The latest round of updates puts good reader firmly back on top.

The access of tools and functions is more intuitive, I can find the things I need to do and do almost anything I can think of with a document.

PDF expert has taken a hit recently for needless frustrations like forcing printing through its partner app vice AirPrint. No such hassle with the new version of good reader, much faster opening than previously, use to find and use crop, and fault free air print. Signing and annotation all good and the new emphasis on security is welcome even if I won’t trust it with the Death Star plans just yet.

Trumpedout ,

Invaluable. Great update

Use this app all the time for studying. Absolutely brilliant. You can download zip files of exam papers and open in GoodReader and unzip in app (no scuttling off to main computer!). If you wanted to look at two files before the update you had to copy the file and keep switching between the files tabs. Now you can split screen and use the same file at different places, i.e., questions in screen 1, answers in screen 2 (really handy if these are separated by 100 pages say, imagine having to do this manually!). Didn't think I'd need the update but really glad I did. The app has lots of great functionality, syncing with Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc and lots of file organisation stuff, great. Thanks developers, a must buy for anyone with an iPad.

Only My Viewpoint ! ,

Poor unethical practise.

It would appear that what many users suspected has now materialised - subscription model for this app, but as ever with this dated app - nothing is clear. First of all after the app appeared to be dead in the water a major upgrade to Version 5 was announced. Then a Pro version was announced for a one off fee, then the option to pay monthly or annually was introduced at the same time. Now the one-off option to pay for the pro version has disappeared. I guess the lucky users are those who paid the one off fee for the pro version.

Albeit lacking some of the stunning functionality and embedded integration of PDF Expert this app provides for a decent range of functions and is fine if you want to do basic pdf reading and editing of pdf documents without tight iCloud integration. Mind you my advice would be to simply place your pdfs in IClouds Files folder and use Apples basic editing and annotating features. Works perfectly.

Why has this developer not updated the short video for the app since 2008 which includes old now defunct icons ? No longer use this app.

App Privacy

The developer, Good.iWare, Inc., has 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:

  • Usage Data
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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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