Codea 4+

Creative coding

Two Lives Left

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 85 Ratings
    • $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 3.6

New Render Engine Preview
- Includes a preview of the new Metal-based renderer coming in Codea 4.0. You can enable it on a per-project basis, and documentation is available in the editor.
- The new renderer allows for advanced effects like compute shaders, better text and vector rendering, and more

Objective-C Library Updates
- Exposes more types through the objc library
- Allows for interaction with delegates and other callback-style APIs from the renderer

Asset Library Improvements
- You can now add sprites, music and sounds to your project using the document picker
- Or by drag-and-drop directly into the code editor!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

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

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.

sun conure mango ,

I have some questions

I just bought the app. And I don’t know how to change the language I want to learn python is there a way to change the programming language? Or is it only Luna bc I find it a hard language

Developer Response ,

Codea is Lua only, thank you for your review

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.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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