“iA Writer creates a clean, simple and distraction-free writing environment for when you really need to focus on your words.” ***** The New York Times

“iA Writer is an example of how powerful simplicity and accessibility can be.” ***** The Guardian

“iA Writer is all about textual production—writing this phrase, this sentence, this word at this moment.” ***** WIRED

4 x Best of App Store Winner

# The Simple Writing App
iA Writer removes distractions. Giving you a calm, focused, writing space, so you can express yourself clearly.

# Focus
Focus Mode dims everything but the current sentence or paragraph, helping you stay in the flow.

# Start
Don’t worry about the format. First, write in plain text. Then preview in HTML.

# Organize
Search, sort, and quickly swap between documents from different clouds without leaving the window.

# Work
iA Writer includes an inverted light-on-dark-mode, perfect for working day and night.

# Clean
Spot superfluous adjectives, weak verbs, repetitive nouns, false conjunctions and clean your text of the usual rumble.

# Shape
Customize your templates and export to WordPress or Medium, HTML, Microsoft Word (.docx), or PDF.

# 100% Text
Embed links, pictures, tables and text files in plain text and see them in preview.

# Get in Touch
- Visit for more information
- Visit for support and feedback
- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriter

What’s New

Version 5.2.6

This update adds sharing to Ghost and fixes a few small bugs. It includes all the great features in iA Writer 5.2:

# A Typographic Christmas
- New typeface in three flavors
- Mono: Single character width, the classic
- Duo: Two widths, freeing M and W
- Quattro: Four widths, for a cleaner text image
- Over 1,000 optical variations seamlessly adapt to provide the best writing experience in any environment
- 14 text sizes in Editor and Preview
- Many Chinese, Japanese, and Korean typography improvements, including emphasis dots
- Bold, italic, and strikethrough commands are much more reliable and work inside words
- High quality math equation typesetting in Preview using KaTeX

# Library Locations
- Now support Desktop & Documents in iCloud
- Can be added from anywhere in iCloud Drive

# Fully-Featured Export to Microsoft Word
- Rebuilt from the ground up
- Compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 or newer, Apple Pages, and Google Docs
- Supports local images, footnotes, citations, page breaks, tables, math, headings, unordered lists, ordered lists, task lists, definition lists, blockquotes, bold, italic, CJK emphasis, strikethrough, superscript, subscript, links, horizontal rules, code

# Other Improvements
- Added visible filename when switching between tabs with hidden title bar
- Copy URL command to open files from menu in Library
- Command-Click links in Editor
- Use - to exclude words from searches: -microsoft word
- Inline code command
- Typing suggestions can be enabled in Touch Bar
- Korean and Russian localizations
- Added help articles
- Better hashtag detection

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
eglinski ,

The difference between enabling writing and ennobling it

Good design helps someone overcome their struggles. It is an act of compassion. iA is an org that specializes in communication, both technically and creatively. They deserve hearty props for building a tool that serves the mind of the writer, having taken years now to understand the challenges and frustrations common to the craft.

rachikb ,


This app is just perfect for writing.
Will need a better selection for rendering/export.
The team is doing an excellent job, and keep the updates free.

Doge Loredan ,

Hard to describe ...

If you enjoy writing for its own sake, you may fall in love with this app. It is awfully close to the old feeling of writing on a typewriter (and I did a lot of that before personal computers came along, so I know what I’m talking about). And in fact, iA Writer even has a typewriter “focus” mode.

The guys at iA are design experts. Check out their site and blog( The articles are interesting. These people are OBSESSED with typography and how it affects our work.

Consequently they designed a Markdown editor that is like nothing else. They give you a single wonderful font (that they custom designed) and greatly restrict all the other options. This is not Word. There is almost nothing to tinker with. Just get to work.

I also use Ulysses for bigger projects and to organize tons of notes. And FoldingText for outlining in Markdown. And recently Bear for other Markdown notes (yeah I love Markdown*). But when I need to write for work or pleasure, the text often starts in iA Writer.

*The whole point of MD is that you can do formatting on the fly—your hands rarely need to leave the keyboard. Just like on a typewriter. If you haven’t tried Markdown, download any of the free editors available and give it a try. It takes about three minutes to learn the basics.


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OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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