iNaturalist 4+

Connect with Nature


Designed for iPad

    • Free



iNaturalist is a social network for sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. The primary goal is to connect people to nature, and the secondary goal is to generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data from these personal encounters.

iNaturalist helps you identify plants and animals with visually similar suggestions and verification by dedicated contributors. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! By recording and sharing your observations, you'll create research-quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

• Identification suggestions: Take or import a photo and view the top 10 most visually similar species matches and tap through to get more information. You can view these suggestions even before creating an account.
• Feedback from our community: Create an account to share your observations and start a conversation about what you saw. Can’t identify the organism? Start with a broad identification like “plants” or “fungi” so others with more expertise can find it and refine the identification.
• Keep a record of all living things: Build your life list by posting to iNaturalist. Where, when, and what you saw is the basis of each observation you create.
• Grounded in science: Every identification is connected to the tree of life, which means you can search for broad classifications like “Ferns” or “Fungi” as well as species-level identifications like “Humpback Whale” (and everything in between).
• Advancing science & conservation: Millions of observations created and identified by the iNaturalist community are shared with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility where they are used to advance scientific understanding of biodiversity through open data and open science.
• Enabling citizen science and community science: Join any of the tens of thousands of projects around the world on iNaturalist to draw attention to and collect data about particular species or places.
• Not-for-profit: iNaturalist is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the United States. iNaturalist is free for anyone to use thanks to the generous support of many organizations and individuals. Thank you!
• No hidden charges: This app is truly free because we believe nature is for everyone.
• Best for wild plants and animals: The iNaturalist community is better at identifying wild plants and animals than those in gardens or horticulture. Get outside and find what’s wild!
• Control how your location is shared: Set the privacy to obscured (only general location is shared) or private (no location is shared at all, but much harder for others to help identify). The locations of species at risk from disturbance are automatically obscured.
• More than a mobile app: iNaturalist has even more extensive features and tools for learning and exploration. Get the full experience at!
• 35+ languages: iNaturalist has been translated into dozens of languages thanks to multilingual enthusiasts who want to see the community grow.
• A global network: iNaturalist is used in every country on earth! In many countries, we have formal agreements with local organizations to promote iNaturalist. Use this app for contributing to all iNaturalist Network sites, including Naturalista (Mexico and Colombia), iNaturalist.NZ (New Zealand), (Canada), Biodiversity4All (Portugal), iNaturalistAU (Australia), iNaturalistPa (Panama), iNaturalistEc (Ecuador), ArgentiNat (Argentina), iNaturalistil (Israel), and iNaturalistFi (Suomi/Finland).

What’s New

Version 3.3.4

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
320 Ratings

320 Ratings

Hayleynature ,

The best wildlife ID and recording app

Love this app I have been using it for quite a few years have have submitted over 4000 records.

I love the auto ID on ‘what did you see’ it’s incredible, and my favourite thing is you can upload a photo when you get home and it pulls the geo-location from your sighting in to the app instead of having to search where you were on a map retroactively. I’ve checked with the local recorded centres I’ am near and they can also access my records to add on to the local database which is excellent news for conservation and monitoring, although I’m not sure all record centres do have access.

My favourite app!

sparkynature ,

Amazing nature resource

This app makes it easy to upload and automatically identify so many species of flora and fauna. I’m always amazed by how good the recommended IDs are, and there is also a lovely community of people who often suggest IDs for things you’re a bit stuck on. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in their surroundings while out walking or even just sitting in the garden. I’m learning a lot about local fungi by using this app. The best thing is that your observations can also help out with scientific studies without you having to do anything extra.

Nayru Lan ,

Love it 🍃

Great app, truly love having it. Amazing how reliable the identification is. One feature I would love to see though is being able to search for certain species to see if there’s any sighted in your area, and being able to have your own private projects, basically like folders. So for example, having your garden be a “project” so you can keep a proud eye on sightings for a certain area with a boundary.

App Privacy

The developer, iNaturalist, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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