GoodNotes 5 is now available.
A modern GoodNotes version including many new features and improvements, such as:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.

It is available as a free/discounted upgrade to GoodNotes 4 customers through the “GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle”.


GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ##
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.

## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ##
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.

## Better Than Paper Notebooks ##
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.

## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ##
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.

## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ##
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.

## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ##
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ##
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.

## Protect Your Valuable Data ##
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive automatically.

## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ##
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.


The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3].

What’s New

Version 4.13.5

GoodNotes 4 and the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle will be removed from sale on the App Store on January 15th, 2020.

We wanted to inform you early so that you can make the necessary decisions and preparations. Here's what you need to know:
- You can continue using GoodNotes 4 if the app is installed on your devices
- After the app has been removed from sale, you won't be able to purchase it and it won't receive any updates
- We recommend claiming the free (or discounted) upgrade through the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle, even if you can't or don't want to use GoodNotes 5 right now. You will own the new app and you can install it anytime later through your purchase history.

We published more detailed information about the deprecation of GoodNotes 4 on our blog on

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Musician190 ,

When will they start supporting rtl writing???

This app doesn't support right to left writing and I don't think they gone'a support it. Do yourself a favor and and work with Notes Plus right from the start although it's a less professional app. If you have iPad Pro and Apple Pencil you will love this app.

porquetriste ,

Whould be great if...

There is no ruler option for real life measure.
Also an option to change the Text color for a specific word or letter.
Maybe some pre made shapes that we could choose their sizes.
Also option to open 2 notebooks at the same time.

Attedgi ,

Geat but lots of bugs

Really great app but it have load of bugs , when marking some pages its take lots of time to load it, like 3-5 min, the control bar is not customizable, when backing up the folders on icloud or any drive it’s always on zip files, instead of several folders with pdf files.
For short? Great app but loads of troubles and right now don’t know if it’s worthy.

Developer Response ,

Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to write this review and for your feedback.

The zip files you see in the backups are actually GoodNotes files that you can only open in GoodNotes itself. This allows you to restore your complete library in case your device should be lost. Of course, you can also set up an automatic backup in options > settings and choose to backup as PDF. This will create separate folders in your selected cloud storages.

Long loading time: This usually only happens when the PDF file is defect or if a lot of highlighter strokes are drawn over each other. Could you share an exemplary file in GoodNotes format with us to We’ll get back to you with a solution then.


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223.4 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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

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