"It’s kind of like the Garage Band of coding." – Wired

"Codea for iPad is a super slick way to write and run programs on your iPad." – Gizmodo

Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

We think Codea is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codea is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codea is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad.

Here's how you use it: type your code. Press play to watch it run. Interact with it. Get creative.


• A fully featured 2D and 3D renderer
• Lots of great example projects to learn from, including games
• Touch your code: tap colors, images and sounds to adjust them
• Export your finished projects to Xcode to produce real apps
• Complete in-line reference documentation accessible from keyboard
• Intelligent syntax highlighting and auto-completing code editor
• Import your own assets from Dropbox
• Full 2D and 3D physics engines for complex motion
• Add parameters so you can tweak variables at runtime
• Interact with accelerometer and multi-touch on your device
• Generate retro-game sound effects
• GLSL Shader Language support with live shader editor
• Bluetooth keyboard support and keyboard shortcuts
• Air Code: code live from your PC using WiFi
• Much, much more


• Join the forums at to ask questions, share ideas and get help when you need it

• If you need help or wish to get in contact with us, please use the support link on this page

What’s New

Version 3.2.9

New Features
- pinch gesture callback for pinch gestures on trackpads
- Gesture type adds `pinchScale` and `pinchVelocity`
- New viewer.share() function to share image or text content

- Integer division (//) support for vec types
- alert has been renamed viewer.alert

Bug fixes
- Tab names containing accents or special characters should work properly
- saveImage respects the image.premultiplied
- image:copy copies the premultiplied flag setting

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

David Steven K ,

A true purpose built IDE

Imagine an IDE that’s built by people who really care about the experience and, not only that, are very skilled at the implementation. Imagine again that it’s on an iPad and you have access to the built in sensors and other cool goodies out of the box. That IDE is real and it’s Codea! I adore this application and would easily have paid $100 for it. It’s that good.

Codea is such a carefully thought out and well implemented IDE that I wish the developers would make an IDE for Swift/Python/C, etc. I’d buy them all.

Overall I’m just thrilled this exists. The utter joy of opening Codea and easily getting started with a fun project or visualization is more than worth the price of admission.

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much! Reviews like yours really inspire us to keep working on Codea

EddyCA ,

The most versatile iPad coding app, ever!

This is not a toy app. It’s a serious Lua IDE with serious set of very good libraries that allow you to create non-trivial apps of your own. It’s very suitable to learn coding (i.g lua) and a platform to create apps you want to. I literally have been coding with this app while I am standing on the train during my commute.

Developer Response ,

Glad you like it. Can't wait to get the next version to you.

Kneeboarding ,


I can actually make an app on my iPad! It's so awesome!!!!!!!

Edit: I have an iPad 2, and I like to develop on it. You guys said craft support was coming soon, and you cut off support for iOS 9! Are you kidding me, bring this back. I was promised craft support, and I want to get it!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review. Craft was released in October 2017 with Codea 2.5. It fully supported iOS 9. You should be able to run it on your device.

Since version 2.6 we have moved to supporting iOS 10 minimum, but it has been over a year since we initially released Codea Craft with support for iOS 9.

App Privacy

The developer, Two Lives Left, 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 Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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