Ikiru 4+

Lists, Notes & Reminders

James Rhoades

Designed for iPad

    • 3.8 • 89 Ratings
    • $4.99


Ikiru is a simple but powerful app for making lists, keeping notes and setting reminders. It aims to help you live a productive and meaningful life, by enabling you to focus on the things that are most important to you.

Use it to create to do lists, shopping lists, take notes, store contact information, keep track of books to read, or movies to watch... or anything else you'd want to make a list for.

With a clean and easy to use design, choose from over 2000 icons to assign to your lists.

- create lists within lists

- assign a due date and reminder to list items

- view all items with a due date in one convenient timeline

- add a photo to list items

- drag and drop to sort list items, or automatically keep a list sorted alphabetically, by modification date, completion date, and more

- easily copy or move items from one list to another

- mark items incomplete to return them to their original position in the list (this makes lists easy to reuse)

- send a list via email, and the receiver can import your list into their copy of Ikiru

- view items with due dates on your Apple Watch

- automatically back up and sync lists between iOS devices using iCloud

- use Touch ID or a custom passcode to protect your information

The word "ikiru" (ee-kee-roo) means "to live" in Japanese. It's also the title of an Akira Kurosawa film about a man who decides to do something meaningful with his life. Ikiru (the app) is my attempt at doing something meaningful with my life, and hopefully help others live meaningful and productive lives.

In 2010 I released a list-making app called "Paperless". From busy moms to airplane pilots to people who needed a little help remembering things after suffering a brain injury, Paperless has been used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Ikiru is built upon that legacy - incorporating the best ideas from Paperless, greatly improving upon them, and adding big features that people have requested.

If you find Ikiru useful, please rate and review it in the App Store. Thank you!

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

On iOS 13, Ikiru's theme (light or dark) is now determined by the system Appearance setting.

(Open the Settings app, tap "Display & Brightness" and choose Light or Dark.)

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Naturefriend ,

Love the solid simplicity, missing one thing

I’ve had Ikiru for just long enough to spend a few weeks putting in my lists. Wonderful! The lists include everything from 'wise words to review' to things I hope to get to someday...or perhaps an approach to some project to consider. Which means Ikiru can handle wonderful variety. The one thing I so wish was available, is a 'share option' TO Ikiru that comes up when I want to send something from another app (For example I use Things for its calendar integration... but some bits from Inbox I would like to easily send to Ikiru) I could copy / paste...but was disappointed not seeing this option, and have found myself not referencing / using my lists quite as I'd hoped (hence less a star). Still: a solid app.

byHisgracealone ,


Update: I had been using this app quite a while ago but stopped. Not sure why. I reinstalled it recently and began with it again. I’m OT sure when the password/finger scan option was added, but this makes the app a good deal more useful to me. I think this is going to be my go-to app for to-do’s, passwords, grocery lists, short study notes, birthday lists, and a host of other things. It’s so flexible. I would still like to see more flexibility in date recurrence, i.e. repeat from completion, but still a wonderful list/notes app. Thank,Ikiru.

I had been using Paperless for a long time and really liked it - and used it. But I kept wishing for an update with the ability to attach dates - with a repeat function and also for the ability to create lists within lists. Wish granted! Thank you! It works well, and I can keep track of SO MANY things with this app! So functional! Like other reviewers have mentioned, it would be nice to have other themes to select from. Yes, the old Paperless WAS much more attractive. I do have one other wish - now that dates and repeat function are available it would be great to see the repeat function a bit more flexible, i.e., repeat from date or from completion, and repeat every # of days, weeks, etc. Thanks for a great app which is at once functional and easy to use. 🙂

Fast Track Shopper ,

So Easy! Best App for Keeping Track!!!

I have used Ikiru for years and Paperless before that. I can’t find any other app that works so effectively and fluidly for keeping things organized and easy to find and retrieve. I use it for everything. It keeps my life organized!

I especially love the way you can make folders within folders within folders. It makes it so quick to find exactly the item you need. The thousands of icons are fun and quick and help you find things at a glance. I also love the way you can slide items around and rearrange them as priorities change.

It’s great for adding photos, copy & paste, moving, rearranging, exporting, checking off. It does almost everything you could hope for. I only wish it did bold, italics, and bullet points. It’s such a fantastic app!!! Thank you to the developers! I just LOVE Ikiru!!!!!

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

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

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