The highest-rated screenwiting app on the Mac App Store comes to iOS!

Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting—the writing part.

Slugline works with plain text. It automatically turns your writing into a properly formatted screenplay, without you ever needing to press the Tab key.


⋮ Automatic formatting
⋮ Sync files with iCloud and Dropbox, or work locally
⋮ Works with iOS 11 Drag and Drop and the Files app
⋮ Printed on paper or PDF, your screenplay is indistinguishable from one made with apps costing much more
⋮ Helpful structure templates, including the famous beat sheet from Save the Cat!®
⋮ Slugline’s famous Integrated outlining
⋮ Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help keep you organized
⋮ Includes Courier Prime, a beautiful typeface designed for screenplays

Slugline uses the free and open Fountain screenplay format, which is nothing more than plain text.​ You can work on your screenplay anywhere, using any writing app. When you open it in Slugline again, everything will be there, properly formatted.​

Start with an outline, then seamlessly transition to writing scenes. Or jot down a placeholder for your third-act twist while you’re still crafting your opening pages. Slugline allows you to be as structured as you like, even if that means not at all.​

Slugline keeps getting better, and that's thanks to you! Slug us a line at with any questions or feedback you have, and follow us on Twitter at @SluglineApp.

What's New

Version 1.0.2

We’re (still) deeply grateful you jumped right in as an early adopter of Slugline on iOS! This is our second update for reliability and performance, and all these fixes are based on your amazing feedback.

⋮ Less crashing, more saving. No more excuses Ellen Feiss.
⋮ Swiping back from your screenplay should be even better now.
⋮ The Parenthetical button does more of what you’d hope from it.
⋮ Dragging and dropping text within a Slugline document no longer leaves your screenplay in a confused state.
⋮ Margins no longer get borked when returning from other apps.
⋮ The keyboard bar better respects your life choices regarding its visibility.

Here’s what we added in our previous update, 1.0.1:

⋮ Swipe back from your screenplay to the file browser.
⋮ Turn off the extra keyboard buttons if you don't want them.
⋮ Easier to reveal the top bar on iPhone X by tapping anywhere near the top of the screen.
⋮ Keyboard users can use CMD Y for notes and CMD / for omissions.

And here are the 1.0.1 Bug fixes:

⋮ Dropbox and iCloud files save much more frequently as you write.
⋮ Certain kinds of text deletions no longer cause the app to crash.
⋮ Writers who use iOS accessibility should be able to reasonably use speech-to-text now.
⋮ The keyboard buttons are now more readable in very narrow layouts.

We are always grateful when you share your feedback with us, either here by writing a review, or at

Happy writing!

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Fountain Screenwriting on iPad


I’ve been doing my screenwriting in Fountain for about 2 years now, and I’ve used Slugline on my Mac for a great deal of that work. However, my primary writing device is my iPad. The beauty of Fountain is that you can write in any word-processing app, so the lack of a full-fledged Fountain app for the iPad wasn’t a huge hurdle. But it always felt a bit hobbled.

Having used this app for a few hours, I can already say with certainty that this will be my most-used screenwriting app on any platform. Everything that was great about the Mac version is present here: the way the app formats as you type, the clean interface, the easy-to-use outline. And now I have those features on the devices I always have with me, my iPad and iPhone. Well worth the cost.

Not so much


I write episodic television and have been wanting to find an app that works well while I’m traveling and need to write. I found this one and thought I would give it a try. Although it seemed to be a good fit at first, I have come to loathe this app. Nearly every five minutes or so, it will close down, deleting the last paragraph or two of what has been written. Not only is it frustrating because I have to go back and rewrite what I just wrote, but it absolutely destroys the flow of writing, taking me out of the moment I was creating and forcing me to push refresh on the mental process, trying to get back into that moment. Not to mention it has no memory recall, so you have to fully write out every character name every time you use it, as opposed to it recalling the name after the first character or two like most other scriptwriting programs.

not a fan.

The best way to work in fountain

Ronan Jorah

A wonderful app for everything from quickly capturing scenes on the go and building outlines to reading and editing feature length scripts. I am very sold on the concept of formatting using fountain in plain text and Slugline on both Mac and iOS is the best way to work this way I’ve found. I would like better organization for the iCloud storage screen, namely folders, but otherwise it’s a near perfect screenwriting tool.


Act Focused Media LLC
17.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Act Focused Media, LLC


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