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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 2.5.1

Check below to see if your favorite bug has been fixed

• Craft project templates now add your project name to the top of the file. How else would you know which project you were editing? You wouldn't, that's how.

• The dark editor theme background color got messed up. You sent many complaints. We fixed it so your eyes can rest easy

• Importing projects crashed Codea. Due to careless last-minute feature adding. Was it us? Who knows, maybe

• Fixes the search results randomly dismissing in the full screen reference view. Man that was annoying

• The search keyboard in the in-project documentation now matches the selected editor theme. Yay, consistency

• Air Code was crashy. Especially with physics code. It's less crashy now. Especially with physics code

• Air Code works with your craft projects

• repeat ... until loops now indent correctly. Someone reported this. You know who you are

• The code editor should be faster to catch up to your code for indentation and autocomplete

• When duplicating a project that used a non-square icon image the image would bleed past the edges of the view. Not anymore. We put a stop to that

• When duplicating a project we showed the project template selector. Why? Who knows. We shouldn't have. Now we don't

• Codea will no longer export the "Inbox" folder when exporting all projects

• Craft didn't run on 32-bit devices. It does now and we are sooo sorry. Not really that sorry, I mean bugs happen sometimes. Don't hold us accountable*. It's fixed now anyway stop complaining

• Changed the default constructor for quat to (1,0,0,0) and its toString() prints (w,x,y,z) instead of (x,y,z,w). If you know what this means then please tell us.

• Added normalize(), normalized(), len(), lenSqr() and conjugate() methods to quat. Bet you didn't see that coming.

* You should probably hold us accountable for bugs

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

The best coding on iPad app I've seen.


So many apps on iPad but this is the only one that's versatile, practical and makes most sense.



Codea, it's definitely the best app I've ever tried. Probably the best app on the App Store, too. If I could I would have given it a hundred stars for sure, only the rating doesn't allow that. Of course there are apps like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3, FIFA, etc. which might be particularly very popular among all, but nothing is as GREAT as Codea, since programming creates all those we wonder at, and this app is all about programming. I used to spend a lot of time playing those games, but since I found Codea, I haven't touched them. If it were a huge app I was ready to clear everything on my iPad to make space, but the best part is it's only 25 MB's. It's so small compared to Real Racing 3 in size, yet Real Racing 3 just fades against it. Probably the best app ever for a mobile device. Worth every penny of it's cost, a MUST DOWNLOAD. PLEASE TRY IT.
It's enormously powerful, and definitely matches the desktop development standards. After all nothing feels better than creating something, and the fact that you can create games right on you iPad is so amazing, outstanding. Simply the best app ever. Only thing you need to do is learn LUA. And I agree that it truly needs a tutorial for the app, please provide. It's way better than playing games or wasting time in social networking sites. A must buy.

Perfect When Paired With J. Varma's Lua for iOS Book


This app has a beautiful Lua reference integrated right into the development environment. It even has a more intuitive keyboard built PURELY for programming on iPad. All in all Codea is a robust, intuitive platform for amateur and advanced programmers alike. DEFINITELY worth the $10 (that's actually seriously underpriced for the value of Codea) if you're looking to learn the marketable skill of cross-platform mobile application development with Lua. My only drawback when using the app at first was the lack of defined tutorials to get me acclimated with Lua (I was a complete novice when I bought Codea). I purchased the book "Learn Lua for iOS Game Development" (which advocates for Codea as a top Lua development platform), and the book more than made up for the tutorials that Codea lacks. I love the Codea platform, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn Lua, which is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT language from Objective-C. However, run a quick Google search on Lua before you decide that Codea isn't for you; I wasted a lot of time trying to find the "perfect" way/app to teach me Obj-C so that I could learn to program interactive mobile games. Frankly, I've grown to prefer Lua over Obj-C (but that's just me), and I primarily recommend Codea for anyone who has any connection at all to Lua programming.


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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