“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 without leaving the window.

# 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 5.6.8

This update fixes a few small bugs. It includes all the great features in iA Writer 5.6:

# Style Check
- Improve your writing by getting rid of fillers, clichés, and redundancies
- They’re automatically dimmed and crossed-out as you type
- Easy to delete: double-click to select the whole phrase
- Private: all processing is done on your device
- Fast: optimized to work in real-time
- Enable in Focus menu or with Option+Shift+Command+D
- Built-in patterns for English, French, German
- Add your own patterns in Editor settings
- Use the ? button when editing custom patterns to learn how to make them better by providing context, exceptions, and using regular expressions

# Other Improvements
- Markdown files open up to 350 times faster
- More responsive when editing large files
- Editor correctly handles inline code that contains backticks

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
866 Ratings

866 Ratings

NathanD ,

I write more frequently because of this app.

I basically threw my money at the computer as soon as I saw a desktop version of iA Writer existed. The iOS version had already captured me, and being able to move between phone and computer was just what I needed. Every feature is built for writers, from easy and beautiful PDF exports to cloud storage to starting with a blank document ready as soon as the program opens. My favorite way to use it is in full-screen mode with Night Mode turned on, nothing but my words in white on a dark screen. I use iA Writer every day, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s made me a more productive writer, just because it has simplified the writing process for me so effectively. (It’s also been good to see it improve over time with smart and continuous updates, and my one and only request for support was answered quickly and solved easily.)

In short: I write more now that I have iA Writer on my machine, and I have never used a more elegant writing app. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.

Developer Response ,

Feedback like this is why we do what we do. Learning that people enjoy writing more because of our app is why we get up every morning looking forward to improve our app even more. In essence "Every feature is built for writers… it’s made me a more productive writer" was the initial vision for iA Writer, in a nutshell. It's beautiful to hear what we intended to achieve those who use our app daily. Thank you.

JustARandomDmitry ,

A joy to use and write.

I remember I've been using iA Writer on iOS since version 1, and if my memory serves me well, it was perhaps first of a kind writing app back then; as other reviewers here, I immediately liked the "no fuss" approach, clean interface and attention to detail. All similar writing tools that started to appear later just didn't have this feeling of "rightness" for me.

Getting an OS X version made my life even better. This is pretty much my only writing app where I keep notes, technical docs, essays, whatever. With hashtags and library toolbar you can even use it for your Zettelkasten if you fancy. My only wish is extension of smart folder functionality with various filters. Maybe one day? :wink:

Seeing the continuing improvement of iA Writer by developers simply brings me joy. Much love and thank you for your dedication. I mean, where else do you get people making a custom (and good!) font for their editor?

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your longtime support of iA! A lot of work goes into an app like this and it feels nice to be appreciated in this way :-) For your feature request on Smart Folders, don't be shy to mail us at with some details ;-)

Ames Brown (NYC) ,

So much better than Ulysses. Plus a reccomendation for IA writer dev team

IA Writer is SO much better than Ulysses in terms of the writing/typing/composition interface. And the settings actually work and make sense. I tried and tried and tried to make Ulysses look half as good as IA writer on the screen, but despite being more expensive, that program is flawed.

★★ Here is a strong reccommendation for the IA Writer dev team however: when there is a conflict between documents (saved versions), it is pretty hard to decipher the differences between them using only the tiny images and timestamps provided. Of course the ideal would be a text comparison (which is easy given we’re dealing with plain text), or at least you should be able to scroll through the contents of each before committing, or having to save them all. I and more than a few users I know have lost valuable revisions because of this.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the kind words and the considerate feedback. You are absolutely right. A better comparison would indeed improve the app. We'd like that, too. It's on our list of things we'd like to do in the future.

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English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

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