Scrap Paper 4+

Erik Wegener

    • 4.9 • 426 Ratings
    • $2.99


Scrap Paper is a simple notes app that is great for making quick notes without interrupting your workflow.

• Open Scrap Paper from the menu bar
• Open Scrap Paper via a custom hotkey
• Keep the notes window in front of all other apps
• Show the notes window on all spaces
• Show the notes window on top of full-screen apps
• Set a custom font and color scheme
• Launch the app automatically when you log in
• Synchronize your note using iCloud (yes, there is an iOS version!)
• Export text to other apps like Mail, Messages and Notes
• Standard text operations like Cut/Copy/Paste and Find/Replace
• Automatically copy selected text after changing selection
• Lightning fast app launch

Use cases:
• Note down a random thought without context-switching
• Copy bits of text from Scrap Paper when filling out online forms
• Edit your clipboard and clear any formatting
• Keep a 'micro to-do list' while you are working on a project
• Share text snippets between devices

Scrap Paper is plain-text only by design.

We hope you will enjoy using Scrap Paper!

What’s New

Version 1.4.2

• Improved app icon
• Improved sync and added a button to sync immediately
• Other minor improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
426 Ratings

426 Ratings

Zen@Work ,

Nicely done. About time.

Micro. Applications. Micro. Services. Micro. INTERACTIONS.

I don't need an application to tell ME what to do. I need a specific function fixed in the way I want it fixed. The simply lack of ANY decent color pickers in the App Store illustrates this point perfectly. I want to hit a hotkey, click a point, and have that hex value copied to pasteboard. I DON'T want a mixer. I DON'T need a window offering me 100 things I can do with this color. I WANT a bloody hex value.

Scratch paper nails this. I can hit a hotkey (⌃⌥⌘\ in my case), it opens a persistant (Spanning ALL of my Macs! NICE touch) text editor I can slapdash a quick string into, and with a quick stroke of the hotkey again, it's gone. Saved, held, and shared across system, still there when I summon it again.

Then there's the auto copy on select feature... again: nicely thought out. Realising this will likely be a scratchpad, the tool REDUCES workflow steps instead of adding more.

To the author:
This tool is PERFECT the way it is. DO. NOT. ADD. MORE. FEATURES. You will serve ONLY to bloat it and render it less appealing, unless it is truly disableable or can be entirely rendered invisible. If you truly MUST append worthless bloat to it ("people need checkboxes!" or similar idiocy), FORK the source and release a "Pro" version or some nonsense.

But as it stands? OUTSTANDING work.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your elaborate and kind review - we truly appreciate it! And we hear you! We'll keep Scrap Paper simple.

Ryan Battles ,

The Perfect Balance of Simplicity and Usefulness

I needed a simple solution like this to jot down my end of workday thoughts so I could pick up where I left off the next day...just a single document that I could use as "scrap" that I wouldn't accidentally lose, or wouldn't get lost on my desktop.

I thought something like this might exist for the menubar, but nearly everything I tried from the app store that comes close to this either tries to do too much, or is too ugly to use :)

This app is exactly what I need, and it's beautiful to boot. I switched the font to Courier to keep things monospaced so I can use Markdown formatting, and I couldn't have dreamed up a better solution for what I was looking for. Thanks for making this free!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your positive review and for sharing how you use Scrap Paper, Ryan!

If there is anything at all that we can improve, please let us know at

all-the-pinions ,

Frustrated by sudden price in Apple School Manager

We've been using this app in our organization for years, and it's always been free. In the last few months, a cost has been added, so I can't deploy it for our newest staff members.

Scrap Paper is super convenient, and I would probably pay for it personally to keep deploying it to new staff if it was possible for me to do so, but we have managed Apple IDs and devices, and it's just not worth the red tape and paperwork Legal will throw at us if we ask to purchase it through Apple School Manager. It's convenient, but it's not crucial, so we can't justify the expense.

It's a shame. This was a super handy little app. It would be awesome if it could be free for Schools, as I know several of our 40 staff members wound up adding it to their personal devices after using it on the work devices I set up and deployed for them. I don't have a way to advertise it to them now. Womp womp.

Developer Response ,

We're running a small business. Scrap Paper is offered at a low one-time charge - no subscription, no recurring fees, no ads, no add-ons. Reduced pricing is available on Apple School Manager for volume purchases.

App Privacy

The developer, Erik Wegener, 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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