The amazing 4th edition of GoodReader® app is a universal app for all your iOS devices.

This version is a further step in development of our original groundbreaking, best-in-class GoodReader app. If you're a user of the old GoodReader app, we welcome you to upgrade to this 4th edition of GoodReader. If you're a new customer, we invite you to join the world of convenience and professionalism, already enjoyed by millions.

GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader app that Mashable describes as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” Millions of users and reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPad or iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: documents, books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. Soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to go mobile without GoodReader.

Some GoodReader features, like signing PDF documents with just three taps, are so convenient that people use them even when their laptop or desktop computer is around.

GoodReader earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. Its refined file manager lets you manage local files and email attachments on your iPhone/iPad allowing you to work from anywhere.
The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. You can also easily sign any PDF document with our app.

All the excellent features of the original GoodReader app are here:

+ the best PDF reading engine!
+ read, edit, and sign PDF documents
+ PDF annotations simply done - highlight & markup text text boxes, callout comments ("sticky notes"), freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, etc.
+ view MS Office, TXT, HTML
+ access servers & easily transfer files - access to a wide range of servers to easily store your data: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP
+ Auto Sync with remote servers
+ easily maintain huge collections of files
+ copy, move, rename, zip, unzip and unRAR files and folders
+ users of the old GoodReader app will appreciate our well-crafted Migration Assistant which makes the transition to this new app a breeze. All your files and setting from the old app will be transferred with a click of a button
+ new users will appreciate the ease of use and tremendous file-handling capabilities
Newest features added:
+ securely sign PDF documents with just three taps
+ PDF Page Management - add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages, split and merge files
+ True Auto Sync - background and scheduled execution
+ opening files from iCloud containers of other apps
+ Touch ID support
+ Text-to-speech feature will read PDF and TXT files for you, player-like audio controls and an impressive choice of languages
+ Bluetooth foot pedals support for turning PDF pages - a dream feature for live-performing musicians

... plus much more to come in the future to meet your ever-changing needs!

What's New

Version 4.13.0

While we're finishing our huge GoodReader 5 upgrade, here's an urgent mini-update to resolve connectivity issues some are having with Google Drive and Dropbox. Stay tuned for the free major upgrade that is to follow soon!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

373 Ratings

373 Ratings

Essential multi-use app!!


I have used both the old version and the current version of GoodReader over several years now! I find it really fast to transfer text files such as PDFs and also audio files. I’ve found that I can transfer anything to GoodReader, when other apps fail to respond e.g. podcast apps in the case of audio. I would have given 5 stars, actually, except for the fact that I have a problem with the colour contrast of the interface, it is so “charcoal” and I find it hard to see inside the house let alone if I’m in the outdoors wanting to listen to audio etc. A few days ago I decided to use the support icon at the bottom of the GoodReader screen to contact the team to recommend a change to the colour contrast of the interface to make it more accessible for all. Within a couple of days I had a good comprehensive reply from the team. And it was good news that the next version/upgrade will have a different look that will take accessibility options into account in the interface. I’m a happy customer! Helen from Wollongong, Australia.

Excellent except the manuals


I don't think there can be a better app for iPad for reading many kinds of documents, especially .pdf. Good Reader is packed with features which would take some time to fully absorb. You can, however, just get into it at the basic level and learn as you go.

My only issue is the arrangement of manuals. They state at the outset that it is a complex app. Fine, but they seem to go out of their way to prove to you how complex it is. Actually, navigating the manuals is more complex than the app itself. Do we need to have to go from one link to the other and thrown into the intricacies before we are introduced to the basic functions? I get it. I will need to graduate from the GR PolyU before I can use all features of the GR. I just wish the lectures were a little more user friendly.

Migration not possible ... or not obvious

Aussie Investor

I have been using the previous version for a long time, and because I found it an excellent product, I paid (again, albeit a little reluctantly) for the latest version when the previous version would no longer work under IOS11. I expect all the new features will be as well implemented as features in the previous version, but it is frustrating that there doesn’t appear to be any way of migrating downloaded documents (from the previous version) into this latest version. Of course, I wouldn’t have had the problem if I’d stored all my documents in the cloud - but that option is a fat lot of good if relying on access to documents when away from a fixed or mobile broadband connection. If there is an option that I’ve not spotted, it needs to be a whole lot more conspicuous!


Good.iWare, Inc.
65 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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