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
62 Ratings

62 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.

ip2g ,

Staying with Paperless for shopping list

As others have mentioned, I prefer the check boxes to swiping - too easy to delete with others updating. It should be an option. I prefer Dropbox to icloud because we use Paperless between icloud accounts. Emailing a list to update is a pain and not efficient realtime (shopping). Color and font size should be improved. Visual is important. I read the reviews and the developer blog but purchased it to see for myself the issues and to support the developer. I see this as another useful list app separate from a checklist for shopping.

kt wooddd ,

i miss some features from Paperless

I bought this app because I was excited about the list within list feature, due dates, photos, etc. All of these are great, but there are a few features from Paperless that, to my disapppintment, were taken out! :( No more checkboxes(replaced with a slide right on completed items)...i liked those. Also...where are the colors! I miss my pink and white is a little dull IMO. Finally, I’m not a fan of the amount of lines previewed for an item on a list...i preferred just the one line to be shown.
I saw some other people comment on these same missing features...maybe they’ll come back? please!


James Rhoades
64.7 MB

Requires iOS 11.1 and watchOS 2.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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