"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 3.0.1

- Rename projects: long press on projects to rename them
- Make Templates: long press on a project to turn it into a template, where it will be available to use from the Create New Project screen

- Adds blendEquation function for more control over blend modes

- Adds support for HDR textures and cubemaps
- Updates behaviour to be more consistent and useable
- Added entity.activeInHierarchy

- Fixes a camera authorization bug

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

MalikW898 ,


It’s very versatile and powerful! I’m very glad that it includes references and examples, as they are VERY helpful. One question, though, does this support Mfi controllers? If not, is there a possibility of that being a feature?

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.


Two Lives Left
111.5 MB

Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish

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  • Family Sharing

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

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