Katib is a distraction-free text editor for languages that are written from right to left.
Whether it is Arabic, Farsi, or Urdu, we sweat the important details like typographical excellence, usable bi-directional text editing, and simple Markdown formatting so that you can focus on writing and being productive.

With multiple export options and 4 dazzling publishing templates that exemplify the greatest in Arabic digital typography, you can guarantee that your text will both impress and delight your audience.

- Support for languages written from right to left. In Arabic script: Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Kurdish, Syriac, Uyghur, etc. In Hebrew script: Hebrew, Yiddish.
- Minimalistic, distraction-free interface
- Pre-configured and pre-caliberated typographical settings for languages written in Arabic script
- Type Arabic without the need for an Arabic keyboard using our auto transliteration feature
- Advanced control over fonts and the ability to select your own fonts
- BiDi Hyperaware: automatic text direction detection depending on language
- Complete support for Markdown formatting and syntax highlighting
- For languages written in Arabic script: experience improvements in Arabic typing with Mursal Type: the initial letter in every word assumes the connected form until proven otherwise. The result is less jitter in your editor.
- For Arabic & Hebrew and any other language with diacritics: ability to highlight diacritical marks such as tashkil.
- Ability to strip diacritics from text
For Arabic: the ability to insert Unicode joining and directionality marks right from the edit menu
- Live Preview: preview the rendered result of your document in a separate window. The preview refreshes periodically and also syncs the scroll bars.
- Night mode support: a night theme tailored of low-light settings
- Full screen mode
- Format sidebar: a sidebar to aid in inserting text formatting marks
- Responsive text sizing: text and format sidebar adjust size depending on the current window size
- Save in Markdown or plain text
- Export your document to HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word. The export and preview functions also recognize MultiMarkdown syntax.
- iCloud support


تَطبيق كاتب هو مُحرر نُصوص ثنائي الإتجاه لنظام OS X يدعم اللغات التي تكتب من اليمين الى اليسار مثل العربية والفارسية والعبرية والأوردو والكردية والبشتو، ويدعم محاذاتها تلقائياً كما يدعم الخلط بينها وبين اللاتينية.

من مميزاته:

- اكتشاف تلقائي لإتجاه الكتابة.
- واجهة مبسطة خالية من التعقيدات.
- دعم متكامل لرموز التنسيق [ماركداون].
- تحكم راقي بنوع وحجم الخط.
- دعم الأرقام العربية والفارسية في تكوين القوائم.
- تصدير المستند إلى صيغ PDFو HTML ومسنتدات Word.
- تَلْوينْ عَلامَات التَشْكيل.
- تعديل تلقائي لحجم النص بشكل يناسب أبعاد النافذة.
- عرض مباشر لشكل المستند النهائي في عدة قوالب جميلة
- نمط ليلي لراحة الأعين.
- إحصائيات عن المستند تشمل عدد الكلمات والأحرف والجمل.
- دعم iCloud
- ...والمزيد!

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

Maximum apologies for the delay!

This is mostly a performance and bug-fix release, but is noticeably snappier especially for users on macOS 10.11+:

- Fix scroller lag and jumpiness.
- Performance improvements for users on macOS 10.11 and newer.
- NEW! experimental insertion caret: it makes visible the glyph shape underneath it. Very useful in Arabic where letters are connected.
- Improve text zooming. Line heights and margins are now proportional.
- Fix bug where Markdown links were improperly shown in RTL context.
- Compatibility updates and fixes.

Stay tuned for new features and performance improvements!

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

iamnotacrook666 ,

This is a text editor not a magic wand

I am not sure why the 1 star raters are so upset. I think it was 6$. Only problem I had was it crashed a couple times. But if you save while you go, it should not be a problem.

sherwinzadeh ,

Great for Hebrew

This is the best editor I have found so far for mixed right-to-left / left-to-right and works really well with Hebrew.

*&%Alana ,

Thank you Omg واووو آخيراً

I can finally write both directions on the same document without ruining formatting constantly and struggling to figure out ways of making it work on word processing programs in settings and stuff.
Copying and pasting from online dictionaries is easy, Its simple and works. I dont know why it has bad ratings but as an Arabic learner who has to type and often uses both english and arabic while im studying or working on outlines or anything Its so SO much easier i just hotkey back to english and then im on the other side of the page no funny business. FINALLY.


Abdullah Arif
13.1 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Arabic

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Abdullah Arif


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