Ulysses · Writing App 4+

Write a book, blog, journal

Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG

    • 4.3 • 483 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Its pleasant, focused writing experience, combined with effective document management, seamless sync, and flexible export, make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds.

++ Apple Design Award Winner 2016 ++

“The app is amazing. An absolute delight to use. Well done.”
– David Hewson, Bestselling Author (The Killing)

### A Text Production Powerhouse
Ulysses’ markup-based, distraction-free editor lets you focus on your most important task: Write, edit, and write some more. Formatting is kept for later, so you can completely immerse yourself in the text. Ulysses’ uniquely streamlined toolset covers the entire writing process, and its clean and simple interface will boost your productivity. From first to final draft, from prologue to closing chapter – Ulysses keeps you in the flow, so you can get stuff done.

### All Your Texts, All the Time
Everything you’ll ever write is stored in Ulysses’ unified library. You can manage projects of all kinds and sizes, be it novels, diaries or study notes – they are always saved, and automatically in sync. And since Ulysses offers feature parity across macOS and iOS, it doesn’t matter where you are or when inspiration hits: All its tools, and all your texts, are always at your fingertips.

### Built-In Proofreader and Editing Assistant
Write with confidence, thanks to Ulysses’ integrated grammar and style check. Available for over 20 languages, it analyzes your text and offers informed suggestions for capitalization, punctuation, semantics, redundancy, style and more.

### Create eBooks, DOCX, PDFs and HTML
Ulysses’ export is flexible enough to cover any writer’s needs: Transform your text into beautiful PDFs, Word documents or eBooks. Or export HTML code, ready to be used anywhere on the web. You can even choose between a variety of pre-made formatting styles for all kinds of purposes, or create your own and share it with other users.

### Publish to WordPress, Ghost & More
Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class publishing to WordPress, Ghost, Medium, and Micro.blog. You can post to WordPress, Ghost and Micro.blog from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and all four offer a built-in preview to proofread before submission.

### Pricing
Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans. They include a fully functional trial, so you can test Ulysses (including export and sync). There’s also a special discount for students.

All plans unlock the app on Mac, iPhone and iPad, and feature full synchronization.

### Questions
Please visit ulysses.app for more information. You can also reach us via help@ulysses.app or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback!

Terms of Use: https://ulysses.app/app-terms-of-service
Privacy Policy: https://ulysses.app/app-privacy-policy

What’s New

Version 27.3

- Fixed a problem when using undo in external folders.
- Improves compatibility with certain WordPress blogs.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
483 Ratings

483 Ratings


Best Blog Editor, Could Still be Better! :)

Support for publishing to Wordpress is excellent, especially the support for inline images. Because of this and its sync to iOS/iPadOS/macOS, it’s currently my preferred blog editor, despite a few shortcomings for blogging e.g.: No import of existing articles, long-winded workflow to update an existing article, no image resizing. Overall a great app, with excellent support.

I had an issue where I had to hard-reset my iPhone to fix it, fortunately that did work, so I updated my review. Thanks for the quick support Ulysses team!

Previous 2 star review: On iOS this app suddenly changes to a different sheet for no apparent reason. This kills flow completely and makes the app unusable. The macOS version does not have this problem. Other than this fatal flaw it seems great. Please fix the bug! :)

Developer Response ,

We are terribly sorry about the trouble you are experiencing. This is obviously not supposed to happen. Could you please contact us via help@ulysses.app so we can have a closer look at this issue? Thanks —Andrea

AlainnDiagha ,

Easy to organise sections

I like this because I can organise each segment or chapter into the right order using the document map and pre-viewer on the left. It's a form of document mapping - which to my knowledge Pages for some reason is still missing. What I have never grasped yet is why anyone would ever want to write in mark up at all as I find it irritating not knowing how it will look. It's just as easy or easier to write in Pages where you set your heading styles. If Ulysses have the option of just seeing what you want it would be an advance. As would a document map in Pages. I've managed to organise 30 years of writing in a month so this app does have huge benefits in terms of collation and ordering but I find myself strangely disconnected from my work because it doesn't look how I want it to. Why they don’t take this another stage and have an icon you press for heading or centre or left justify, that then puts in the markdown for you, I have no idea. Would that not be a no brainer?

Developer Response ,

Thank you for leaving a review! Our markup-based writing environment can take some time to get used to, especially if you only worked with WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) programs like Pages or Word before. Ulysses is a WYGIWYM (What You Get Is What You Mean) editor. The app uses the Markdown XL markup language, which allows you to tag text semantically. Ulysses will then automatically format the final document for you during export—so that you can concentrate on the most important part: writing. Anyone who has ever tried to format a long document in Word knows how much time can be lost. Especially, when an image or footnote needs to be added afterwards. As soon as you know all the tags you need for your writing style, your fingers need never leave the keyboard while you type. And when your text is ready for publication, all you need to do is select a style sheet. If you don't like the look, select a different one. Your text will always look perfect. Furthermore, each export style can be tweaked to fit your individual needs. If you have any questions or need help in learning Markdown XL or how to adjust style sheets feel free to contact us directly at help@ulysses.app —Andrea

JunoWatt ,

Great app... so why change it?

Absolutely loved this app but why change the colour/interface scheme? It’s like looking at a black and white screen and makes it difficult to concentrate. I really wish there was a “classic view” option. Some of the markdown is now barely visible. I’d like to have more choice of colouring, themes etc. I’m now finding it difficult to concentrate on documents, it was a joy to have the different colours which broke up the windows, much less distracting. Ulysses use to feel like a world I got lost in with my writing. It now doesn’t. It also seems that the options available in the settings are different. I’m less inclined to recommend now.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for leaving a review. With Ulysses 21 we revised Ulysses’ interface to adapt the updated look and feel of iOS 14. As for the colors: That's a design choice which we'd like to try for a while first. Blue tint is now reserved for the revision mode (which we introduced in this version). We use the tint to put focus in rather less discoverable actions, and reduce visual noise. Group icons will gain the ability to receive user-selected colors, which is not possible with blue/yellow base color. Previously, editor themes would conflict with the interface tint, which now no long is an issue. As a fallback, please go to “System settings” › “Accessibility” › “Display & Text Size” and toggle on “Increase contrast”. This will return the color to all icons. Should you have any further questions or requests, don't hesitate to contact us directly via help@ulysses.app —Andrea


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