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Essayist allows you to write APA, MLA & Chicago Style essays with ease. From in-text citations and footnotes to references and page setup, Essayist takes care of everything. It greatly simplifies the academic writing process.

Essayist formats everything for you. Upon starting a new essay it sets up the title section/page, margins, font, line spacing, alignment, page headers/footers, etc. It formats your references, in-text citations, footnotes/endnotes, figures, tables and more.

Add references quickly and easily using Google Scholar, Essayist’s built-in search, by pasting a URL or manual entry forms. Once added, references are automatically formatted and added to your essay’s references/works cited list.

Essayist automatically detects when you are about to insert an in-text citation and presents a list of all your references. Simply tap the reference you wish to cite and continue writing.

Essayist makes it really easy to add footnotes. Simply, tap the insert citation button, select the reference you wish to cite and that's it. A footnote is automatically created for you. If you prefer to use endnotes, you can switch your citation method to endnotes in Settings.

Essayist supports the three most commonly used citation styles: APA, MLA & Chicago/Turabian.
*Supported Versions: APA 7th Edition, MLA 8th & 9th Edition, Turabian 9th Edition*

Essayist allows you to export your work to PDF or Word.

Essayist features a simple interface that helps you write without distractions. You know all those buttons in other word processors you never use? We got rid of those.

Essayist allows you to add an abstract and appendices to your essay.

Essayist allows you to easily add figures and tables and helps you with all the required information (caption, title, numbering, notes, etc.).

We are working hard to make Essayist the best academic writing app it can be. If you have feature requests or encounter issues, please don't hesitate to contact us at

- iOS & macOS versions (universal purchase)
- Built-in Reference Manager
- Pre-defined paragraph styles (Block Quote, Headings, etc.)
- Bold, Italicize & Underline options
- Import BibTeX
- Multiple reference types (News Article, Magazine, Website, Dictionary, etc. …)
- Two paper sizes: US Letter & A4
- Two font choices: Times New Roman & Arial
- Word Count & Page Count
- Multiple background choices
- Spell Check, Auto Completion & Auto Capitalization
- Dark mode
- Designed for Accessibility

Essayist features a free trial that enables you to use all features at no cost (including export and sync).

Essayist requires a subscription. Choose between a monthly and a yearly subscription. Both subscription options offer a free trial.

Download Essayist and review essays for free! *Editing functionality is locked without an active subscription.

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What’s New

Version 1.2.5

We fixed a line spacing issue in the reference section upon exporting.

If you have feature requests or experience an issue, please email us. We would love to hear from you!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings


Marvelous, Superb, and a Joy to Use

Essayist is an app designed with simplicity in mind. The team behind this application has eliminated the burden of the “essay criteria.” In its stead, we have a clear and perfectly structured canvas on which to begin writing without distractions.

Upon purchase - which is worth every penny, you're prompted to choose your citation of choice. Your paper format and structure are based on this selection. Adding a works cited or bibliography is as simple as pressing a button. The app allows for chapters of books/magazines/ journals, websites, films, etc., and the user-friendly OS will enable you to seamlessly integrate those references as in-text citations, all with the press of a button.

This app is a flagship creation of a solution to a long-standing problem. A problem that can perhaps be phrased as, “How can I have all the formatting and citations already done for me so that I can focus on just writing”? Essayist does just that.

- Eli

Developer Response ,

Hi Eli. Wow! Thank you so much for your incredible review. This made our day.


Death'sHeadHM ,

Just a few things I wish I could do

I really enjoy essayist, as it makes citing my sources pretty darn easy, though I wouldn’t say its a lot easier than pairing a citation machine with Word. A citation machine retrieves most, if not all, of my information for me, with usually just a couple edits to perfect it. With essayist, I have to look for all of that information myself (I know I’m being picky here). I also wish that I could change the spacing of my lines while writing my essay instead of making sure I choose the right format in the first place (I know still nitpicking, but I edit my format usually as I go or at the end of my essay). I don’t hate this app, but these are just the things that I’ve missed about my usual word/citation machine duo.

Developer Response ,

Hi. We are happy to hear you like Essayist and thank you very much for your feedback! It really helps us improve Essayist. If it's not too much to ask, we would appreciate further details as to what kind of sources you had trouble finding, so we can improve the feature. We can be reached at

Thank you!

Mroa7672 ,

Great App

I'm returning to college to double major in political science and business administration. I've never been a writer and now I'm in two majors that include a lot of writing intensive courses so this app has been a lot of help. Although I would like to be able to add hyperlinks for references as well. Thats my only issue but other than that, I'm loving the app

Developer Response ,

Hi. Thank you very much for your review! Very happy to hear you like Essayist. Could you email us at about the hyperlink feature. We would love to hear more!


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