“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times

“iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can be.” ***** The Guardian

“iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED

4 x Best of App Store Winner

# The Simple Writing App
iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space, so you can express yourself clearly.

# Focus
Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence or paragraph, helping you stay in the flow.

# Start
Don’t worry about the format. First, write in plain text. Then preview in HTML.

# Organize
Search, sort, and quickly swap between documents from different clouds.

# Customize
When you tap and hold a key in the command keyboard, you’re given the chance to choose your own layout. Rearrange your keys, or pick new ones from the extensive list.

# Search
You can open documents and launch frequent actions in no time with the new Quick Search. It lives in the keyboard so it’s always close at hand.

# Work
iA Writer includes an inverted light-on-dark-mode, perfect for working day and night.

# Clean
Spot superfluous adjectives, weak verbs, repetitive nouns, false conjunctions and clean your text of the usual rumble.

# Shape
Customize your templates and export to WordPress or Medium, HTML, Microsoft Word (.docx), or PDF.

# 100% Text
Embed links, pictures, tables and text files in plain text and see them in preview.

# Get in Touch
- Visit for more information
- Visit for support and feedback
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

What’s New

Version 5.4.5

This update fixes a few small bugs. It includes all the great features in iA Writer 5.4:

# Export Improvements
- Share, export, publish, print, and copy directly from context menu in Library
- Added Copy Markdown action (includes Content Blocks)
- Share any file to other apps
- Word export keeps headings on the same page as the following paragraph
- Quickly copy all text from action button in Editor and Preview

# Backups For All Files
- All files are backed up locally when edited to make sure your work is safe when cloud services fail
- Access backups via context menus of text files and Library Locations, action button in Editor, and from Quick Search

# Hashtag Suggestions in Custom Keyboard
- When cursor is on a space, shows the last 3 accepted hashtags
- When cursor is on a letter or a word, shows suggestions to convert it to an existing or a new hashtag

# Other Improvements
- Updated to KaTeX 0.11.1 and added mhchem and copy-tex extensions
- Fixed an issue where Word documents imported via open-in-place were deleted
- Fixed an issue where bullet lists were imported from Word as ordered lists
- Fixed an issue where indentation settings could be ignored
- Excluded node_modules from indexing
- Fixed an issue where some Smart Folders with multiple search rules did not work
- Improved internal link detection for automatic heading identifiers
- Fixed an issue bullet lists were imported from Word as ordered lists

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
718 Ratings

718 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

When we want to hunker down and type without distraction, one of our favorite resources is iA Writer. Substantially updated since its initial release, this writing app offers a customizable keyboard, selective text highlighting, iCloud sync, and many other features we’ve come to depend on. Plus, a streamlined interface lets you simply swipe left to preview a document and swipe right to access your library. The entire experience is designed to be quick and easy so you can focus on your work.

crestfallenDeus ,

Almost perfect!

This application coupled with an iPad Pro and a magic keyboard have, quite frankly, made my on-the-go writing experience... magical! I’m not a professional by any means, however, as a college student I have had almost nothing to complain about when using this application. My only grievance, you guessed it, is more customization! This means more fonts, more color palettes, and more storage solutions like Google Drive. I totally understand that IA Writer’s aim is to be minimal and focus driven, but more “optional” customization features wouldn’t hurt anyone in my opinion. Overall, this is a wonderful application as is. My only suggestions would be to look into the “show stats” feature as I don’t like how it hangs over your text indefinitely... maybe move the word count to a corner where it doesn’t interfere with your text or perhaps set it to timeout after a few seconds. Also, there’s a wonderful feature labeled “syntax highlight” that I believe shouldn’t be buried within settings but would be of greater use somewhere next to the “aA” button. All the colors hurt my eyes so I never turn it on for long, however, occasionally using the feature helps me identify a myriad of adjectives and nouns to replace without having to read my entire essay again!

Developer Response ,

We don't have plans to add much in the way of customizations to the editor itself. The idea is you spend your time writing and not twiddling settings. When it comes time to put some form around the content, you can use templates to get exactly what you want. You can build your own custom templates too—email us at if you want to know more. On Syntax Control, you can toggle this within the "aA" menu and it will show the last used combination of parts of speech you had turned on.

dimitarsp ,

Good, needs better cloud integration (onedrive,etc), tags support, and TOC sidebar

I tried pretty much all note taking and writing apps available, and I have finally decided to use IA writer. However, i am keeping my notes and writing system as platform agnostic as possible. So, at the moment, I am storing files in OneDrive. Going through the app to get to the location where my note files are stored is a major UI bottleneck. There should be a way to bookmark a location so I can easily add new files in the given location, and search all files and sub files.

There are two other features that will make this the absolute best note taking and writing app:
- tags. There should be an easy way to add tags and to search through the tags available in the documents in the chosen location.
- Table of contents. I know that it’s possible to use {{TOC}} tag to display table of contents, but another app - MWeb goes a step further and shows the Table of contents in the sidebar. Having this feature in this app would further improve the workflow of writing beautifully and in a much more organized manner.


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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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