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To download Byword from the Mac App Store, you need a Mac with OS X 10.6.6 or later. Learn More.


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Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac.

# Key features of Byword

- Designed to make writing more enjoyable using Markdown
- Sync text documents across all your Mac, iPhone, iPad devices
- Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for extra efficiency
- Alternate dark theme for extra comfort in low-light situations
- The most complete Markdown support including footnotes, tables and cross-references
- Export documents to PDF and HTML documents
- Premium feature: Publish to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Scriptogram and Evernote

# Blog publishing — Premium only[^1]

Publish to Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Evernote from Byword. Posting to your blog with Byword is as simples as:

1. Write something in Byword
2. Open File menu and select Publish
3. Confirm metadata
4. Publish

[^1]: Requires a one-time in-app purchase to enable Premium on all your Mac devices. Enabling Premium upgrade on iOS requires a separate purchase.

# More features

- List continuations
- Typewriter scrolling mode
- Great text manipulation helpers
- Word and character counters with live update
- Spell and Grammar checking and Dictionary lookup
- Extensive VoiceOver API support for visual impaired users

Here are some ways to use Byword in your life:

- For posting to your blog without using clunky web interfaces
- For research, meeting and class notes
- To write that important email without being distracted
- To capture ideas and notes and have them available in all devices

# Enhanced for OS X El Capitan

- iCloud Drive: Sync your documents seamlessly across your devices and apps
- Handoff: Start writing on your iPhone and pick up where you left off when you sit down at your Mac
- Split screen: In case you need an extra window side by side for research
- Full screen: Get even more immersed in your words
- Autosave: Time to stop worrying about saving your work
- Versions: Review past iterations of your compositions
- Resume: Always open your documents where you left off
- Tags: A powerful new way to organize your files

# Support

We are proud to provide a super friendly customer support over email. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact us using one the methods below.


What's New in Version 2.6

- New: Support for adding a table of contents to Markdown documents using the {{TOC}} placeholder;
- Improved: PDF exporting and printing.

If you encounter any issues or have suggestions, please email us at A message on Twitter or Facebook to @bywordapp also works. Thanks for using Byword.


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Customer Reviews

Old version worked fine. But 2.6 unuseable on iMac

I have used this program since 2012. I especially like to write first drafts here, and its very convenient because of link through iCloud to my other machines. But since I have upgraded, my iMac version does not recognize changes I have made on the iPad. When I try to compose documents on the iMac, the cursor hangs up, and delayd displaying the text I have typed for up to a minute. All of the benefits of the program seem lost. Also, I have gotten no response from customer service. I have written several messages, and been met with stony silence. I have no choice but to reduce their otherwise excellent ratings with another review complaining about a very flawed upgrade, and an even more flawed response from the support team. Makes me sad.

Love this app!

This is my go-to app for publishing posts on my blog. I can compose using markdown, and I can even in include images in the text, and Byword talks to Wordpress in a way that makes the publishing of the post easy. It just works.

I’ve had this app for a long time, and the developers continue to mature its functionality and features. I love that it is available on the Mac and on iOS.

This is an app that I’m sticking with for the long haul. I highly recommend it for people who want to work simple, but not too simple.

Helps me focus

Though Byword is a poweful Markdown app, I only use the simplest of those actions. I’d like to become more fluent, but my main praise for the app is the way it really helps me to focus on what I am doing. I post to a couple of blogs and I am able to do that directly from Byword. As I mentioned, I have lots to learn about what the app can do but it is expert in providing a place for what writing I do. It’s clean and simple. I highly recommend it.

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  • $11.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.6
  • Size: 3.0 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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