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"It’s kind of like the Garage Band of coding." – Wired

"Codea for iPad is a super slick way to write and run programs on your iPad." – Gizmodo

Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

We think Codea is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codea is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codea is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad.

Here's how you use it: type your code. Press play to watch it run. Interact with it. Get creative.


• A fully featured 2D and 3D renderer
• Lots of great example projects to learn from, including games
• Touch your code: tap colors, images and sounds to adjust them
• Export your finished projects to Xcode to produce real apps
• Complete in-line reference documentation accessible from keyboard
• Intelligent syntax highlighting and auto-completing code editor
• Import your own assets from Dropbox
• Full 2D and 3D physics engines for complex motion
• Add parameters so you can tweak variables at runtime
• Interact with accelerometer and multi-touch on your device
• Generate retro-game sound effects
• GLSL Shader Language support with live shader editor
• Bluetooth keyboard support and keyboard shortcuts
• Air Code: code live from your PC using WiFi
• Much, much more


• Join the forums at http://codea.io/talk to ask questions, share ideas and get help when you need it

• If you would like to help translate Codea into your language please join the translation effort at http://translate.twolivesleft.com

• If you need help or wish to get in contact with us, please use the support link on this page

What's New

Version 2.5.2

• Autocomplete now completes from dependencies as well as your main project. How did we not have this before?


• Fixed a Find/Replace crash on iOS 9
• Some editor scrolling bugs came to light and were fixed, especially relating to selecting results from the find/replace sidebar
• Invoking find/replace from the keyboard shortcut should work now
• Hides the Materials pack from the Shader Lab. Shader Lab isn't built to handle those, yet

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

One of the most valuable apps out there


I love this app, it is a joy to use. It offers both great power and elegant simplicity. I have seen a lot of people undertake pretty impressive projects using only this (check the codea forum and what people are doing over there), some have made it on to this App Store via the Xcode export functionality.

Personally I like to use it as an artist might use a sketchbook, it is great to play with ideas and quickly try things out while on the go or before committing serious time. The set of libraries and lua make it flexible for this type of quick prototyping activity. I much prefer tackling a larger serious piece of work on my laptop even if the app is capable.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good learning environment, anyone who enjoys a creative challenge or developers as a prototyping tool. Don't expect to get much out of it unless you are prepared to invest in learning core programming concepts though, the app takes a lot of pain out a lot of areas but you still need to spend time on the basics.

Interesting and unique app - with tons of future potential!


Well, I downloaded this simply out of curiosity and I was pleasantly surprised by the level of thought and design that's gone into it. The idea of having an IDE (admittedly simple) running on iPad is a very interesting first step and makes me wonder where things like this might go in the next few years, as ARM hardware and iOS mature.

One thing I think is really missing here are some good tutorials (ideally interactive ones) for people who've never coded before. It really has the potential to be an incredible educational tool. But right now, it's a bit overwhelming for newcomers, who may not have ever encountered basic programming concepts before.

There's also no way to share projects with other users as far as I can tell. Hopefully both these issues (tutorials and sharing) can be tackled soon, as I think there's the start of something amazing here.

No other app like this, simply great!


I've had Codea for around a year now and it's been great. I have not only used it to develop an iPad app for my A-Level computing project, but also just released 'Flappy Square' on to the App Store - a copy of flappy bird, that using this tool took a mere 2hours and 50 mins to develop for all iOS devices, not just iPad, with iAds.

Lua is a great choice for the language also - I didn't know it before buying the app, but it's so easy to learn; with any previous programming experience it won't take long at all. Adding to that, the built in documentation and example projects have proved invaluable, especially when Coding 'on the fly' where access to the internet is limited for help resources, but however actually not needed since the built in help is so useful.

I look forward to future updates.


Two Lives Left
138.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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