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

3.2 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 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.

jonnyzlii ,

Not bad

I only needed to transliterate Latin alphabet to arabic words. This app made it so easy & I didn't even watch or read any info on how to use it. It wasnt that hard to figure out.

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.


Abdullah Arif
13.1 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Arabic

Age Rating


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

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