Codea 4+

Creative coding

Two Lives Left

Designed for iPad

    • $14.99



"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 3.10

Air Code
Fix desync issue between Codea and Air Code
Assets are now available under an Assets folder
Ability to read, save, copy and rename binary files from VSCode
Made it possible to modify values of variables and watches while debugging
Better expose some custom types in VSCode debugger (tables, colors, etc.)
Fix soft lock when saving a file while the debugger is paused
Fix breakpoints not working in newly created files

Asset Keys
Fixed issues with using external assets
Improves Asset Key support in Modern renderer (to match Legacy)

Asset Picker
Fixed issue where all sections would be displayed for sub-folders
Allow picking assets from other projects
Add picker support to require()
Refreshes the UI of the Sound Generator tool in the sound() picker

Load files in buffer order when importing a project with require()

Modern Renderer
Fix issue where reading the red component of a color would return it as a float

Legacy Renderer
spriteSize now correctly returns the page count of PDFs
Adds supported sound and music file formats to documentation
readImage returns nil when the requested page is out-of-bounds

Remove deprecated enums and values
Add unnamed enums under objc.enum
Add objc.async to run code async on the main thread

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Arbtegus ,

Great app, one issue

On my IPhone, some of the resolution in the craft example projects dont look correct, like in the voxel terrain. the inventory only seems to show 3 blocks instead of the rest. Other then that, no issues!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your great review! Sorry about the lack of iPhone support in some of the example code. They were designed for iPad but we included them in the iPhone version as well for learning purposes, even though they aren't completely optimized

We're working on a big update that will change Codea significantly. Please keep checking back

RoryBlyth ,

Long time user: Please let us pay you MORE!

1) I've been using Codea for years... and years... and *years*. Started on the original iPad (yes: iPad generation 1). Now I'm on an M1 iPad Pro. That's a long time, my friends.

/ 2) I paid once and have benefitted from all the updates. Where's the benefit for *you*?

/ 3) Developer: I rarely say this, but you should charge more. Or add optional subscriptions for those of us who want to keep supporting the app. Give us the option to pay $100/year, and I'll be the first to sign up. (Provide options for $20/year, $50/year, $75/year, $100/year... and more?)

/ 4) I've never felt so NOT ripped off in all my App Store life. Codea hasn't just been fun; it's helped me through periods of horrible depression. Lua plus game development on a tablet? Beautiful.

/ 5) Couldn't ask for more. Every one of these five stars was earned.

keithrdavis ,

Nicely done application!

I used to use Pythonista 3 and Python for my programming needs on iOS. It seems that application is now floundering without any new releases.

I ran across Codea and gave it a try. I am glad I did! The app is very professional looking and easy to use. It is true what they say about creating complex apps in minutes. Now if we could just update the XCode export to include assets and cleanup the project warnings. Great job!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your wonderful review. Currently fixing up the Xcode export process for 3.3

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.

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