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 1.0.3

Thanks for using Pretext! This update adds support for newer device screen sizes.
If you encounter any problems, please get in touch at, tweet @pretext_app, or post at /r/pretextapp.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

cavgirl78 ,

Now working!

This app is now working as expected, thank you so much! VERY much better and I particularly appreciate the easily visible cursor as this is something I struggle with in Ulysses.

I would love to see the following:

-more reliable opening of large/long Documents (eg, 500kb type size) as these still seem to crash the app or make it pause.

-adjustable margins in typing mode, or at least the ability to choose between the present, full width, or 3/4 width

-true full screen in typing mode, where even the top bit disappears but can be invoked with a tap/swipe- like Pixelmator does.

Thanks again! My faith is restored in this app.

I’ve tried two different storage containers, markdown files and plain text. Every time this app crashes. I like the concept so I hope this is sorted.

Developer, I would have emailed you from within the app if you’d provided contact details, but if they’re there I didn’t see them. Not encouraging.

I’m disappointed as I read a good review!

Developer Response ,

Sorry to hear that! You can get in touch with me at or tweet @pretext_app. I hope I can find a solution for you.

lukestringer90 ,

Great for editing Markdown 👌

I use this app when I need to edit a Markdown or text file. It’s integration with all the file provider services is great and exactly what I needed.

HamLetuceTomato ,

No problems so far.

Easily the best native markdown editor / reader for use with the Apple Files app. It’s completely part of my day to day workflow now.


Sam Oakley
11.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Sam Oakley
In-App Purchases
  1. Dark Theme + App Icons £0.99


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

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