Write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.

• Fast handling of large documents.
• Live word count, reading time, and more.
• Shift line up, down, left, and right commands.
• Select word, sentence, and paragraph commands.
• Automatically log your writing sessions to a spreadsheet.
• Use themes to save, switch, and share your favorite settings.
• Choose your own background images, paper textures, and typing sounds.


“But if, when it comes right down to it, full screen is your r grail, and the ultimate antidote to the bric-a-brac of Word, then you must enter the WriteRoom, the ultimate spartan writing utopia.”
— Virginia Heffernan, NYT

“Unlike practically everything else in our digital lives, WriteRoom's minimalist interface implies a truly flattering proposition: It's you, not the software, that matters.”
— Jeffrey MacIntyre, Slate

“WriteRoom’s minimalist interface also frees you from the nagging urge to fiddle with margins, fonts, and other settings, leaving you with nothing to do but write.”
— Nathan Alderman, MacWorld

“A perfectly balanced, indispensable part of any Mac writer’s toolkit.”
— Craig Grannell, Mac Format

What’s New

Version 3.2.1

* Fix: Sandboxing issue with QuickCursor
* Fix: Sandboxing issue when changing between plain text and rich text
* Fix: Crash when using Shift Left in some circumstances

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

foall ,

Clear, simple and nice word processing app

Really nice app. Use it for all th writing I have to do.
Would be a 5 Star app if it had Markdown support.

I gave it a go! ,

Simple, and simply good …

For writers who really want to focus on the words alone, Writeroom is great. For complicated, multi-chapter stuff I turn to the wonderful Scrivener, but for first drafts or shorter pieces Writeroom is the choice. A shame that the iOS version is no longer being developed, because I do use the iPhone to edit or review pieces written on Writeroom on the Mac (linked via Dropbox) … but the Mac version is worth it as a standalone text tool.

Tim Rav3n ,

It’s the word processor that I’m drawn to

There’s something about WriteRoom, & I’ve been using it for years without ever rating it, & today for some reason I felt compelled to say: I really like this software. Each morning I tap away at it doing my Morning Pages: a retro screen, flashing cursor. It doesn’t disturb or correct me, it just lets me get on with it.


Jesse Grosjean
1.5 MB

OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Jesse Grosjean


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