Skritter: Write Chinese 4+

Chinese writing made easy‪!‬

Inkren, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 400 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Practice Chinese writing with Skritter, whether you have a strong grasp of written Chinese and want to remember the characters better or are a beginner who doesn’t know where to start.

Skritter has existed for more than 10 years, and for a good reason: our learners are amazing! They help us with feedback which allows us to create what we think is the best Chinese writing app out there!

If you have seen Chinese writing before, you probably noticed that it requires us to learn characters rather than the roman alphabet we know from English. You can learn it through our “decks” (similar to a card deck) based on topics and difficulty.

Popular Decks:
- Ordering or making coffee or tea (so you can get your morning caffeine fix)
- Chinese Stroke Order
- HSK 1-6 & New HSK3.0 1-9 study decks
- More advanced topics like Yoga and talking about your Emotions
- The 16-episode Ultimate Chinese Character course

First, you learn a character’s meaning, reading, and tone; then practice writing it! Before you know it, you’ll want to learn thousands of characters, and words like these two happy users:

“If I could only keep one app on my iPod, this would be it without a doubt. Skritter will change your life!”
― Wendy Werneth, UN Translator

“Learning to write characters has never been so fun. From writing zero to 2000+ characters in six months!”
― Brian Jackson, Economist

Try our app and see for yourself why thousands of people use it every day.

Have questions, problems, or feedback? We would love to hear from you. Reach out to us at

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What’s New

Version 3.8.8

- General bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

azcatsguy13 ,

Better Than a Pen and Paper

The new updated app is a big improvement from the previous app. It’s functionally fluid and easily intuitive to the point that I often opt for the app as opposed to traditional writing practice.

One improvement I hope to see in the near future is the ability to consistently study one single character. Both the ‘due cards’ and ‘continuous’ features don’t provide for the option to write the same character continually until I’ve learned from rote memory. Perhaps this is somewhat antithetical to the idea of the SRS learning structure, but often when I incorrectly write a character, I need to study several other characters that I inevitably write incorrectly as well because I’ve only just learned them. I understand there is the ‘learning’ feature, so I could potentially practice writing the character this way, but the process is a bit slow if I’ve already learned the bulk of the character’s structure. In tandem with this, it would be helpful to see a category of all the characters you’ve consistently forgotten so that each one can be independently studied.

Regardless, I’ve found the app to be wonderfully complementary to my learning experience, being able to study directly from published books related to Taiwanese mandarin makes this app excellent insofar as supplementary learning materials in the Taiwanese dialect can often be hard to find.

Developer Response ,

This is what we hope to hear, thanks so much for your review! Did you know you can swipe upwards on the canvas to erase the character and write it again (as many times as you'd like)? You can also trigger the Learn mode on a specific word or character as you've mentioned, by tapping on it in a deck section view to go through the learn mode process for it. We do plan to add focused test modes, for instance just words or characters that you've marked as incorrect, it's on the way!

Thanks again for your review. If you have any more thoughts or any questions be sure to let us know at

Jet25000 ,

Rawest Squigs ❤️

I’ve been using the old Skritter app for the past two years and I was a bit hesitant to leave that for the new app, but after a few study sessions I’m glad I did. Rawest Squigs has been great for me, making me really confront the characters I don’t know head on without that always tempting first stroke hint (which I shamefully used far too often as a crutch). I love the apple pen support and the more freehand approach to writing the characters as if it were on paper. Overall this has really sped up my review process since I’m not bogged down by drawing each stroke juuuust right. If being able to write Chinese freehand on paper is a goal of yours I’d highly recommend this.

On top of that the new curated lists and video content looks really interesting and I can’t wait to dive into that next. Thank you to the Skritter team for making such an essential Chinese learning app even better!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for such an amazing review, we're so glad to read this! Would we be able to share this on Twitter? If you don't mind us sharing, please let us know at! Thanks again :)

mewniverse ,

Really nice to use

I’m really enjoying using Skritter; I always assumed Chinese characters would be out of reach for me and that I should just learn how to speak, but it’s been surprisingly fun to study using this app. I saw some other comments saying the old app is better, but I used that one for a day, found it somewhat unintuitive, and when I figured out that there was a new version (this listing) I downloaded it and found it to be a much better user experience, personally. The only issue I’ve had so far, to be honest, was figuring out which app to download - I feel like I’m often trying to find the official or genuine version of whatever app I happen to be looking for, so when I saw there were two Skritter apps, I assumed one was a knockoff and downloaded the one with the most reviews. However, they’re both legit and that’s the old version - I’d recommend this one. :)

Developer Response ,

Thanks, Mewniverse! We're working on the new app ranking higher (and don't want to pull the old app as people are still using it), so it's a bit inevitable in the meantime that the original app is ranking higher than the new app. At any rate, we're really happy to hear you prefer the new version over the old-- that's our goal! If you have any other thoughts or comments please let us know at

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