Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Its pleasant, focused writing experience, combined with effective document management, seamless sync, and flexible export, make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds.

++ Apple Design Award Winner 2016 ++ Best of App Store 2015 ++ Best of App Store 2013 ++

“The app is amazing. An absolute delight to use. Well done.”
– David Hewson, Bestselling Author (The Killing)

### A Text Production Powerhouse
Ulysses’ markup-based, distraction-free editor lets you focus on your most important task: Write, edit, and write some more. Formatting is kept for later, so you can completely immerse yourself in the text. Ulysses’ uniquely streamlined toolset covers the entire writing process, and its clean and simple interface will boost your productivity. From first to final draft, from prologue to closing chapter – Ulysses keeps you in the flow, so you can get stuff done.

### All Your Texts, All the Time
Everything you’ll ever write is stored in Ulysses’ unified library. You can manage projects of all kinds and sizes, be it novels, diaries or study notes – they are always save, and automatically in sync. And since Ulysses offers feature parity across macOS and iOS, it doesn’t matter where you are or when inspiration hits: All its tools, and all your texts, are always at your fingertips.

### Create eBooks, DOCX, PDFs and HTML
Ulysses’ export is flexible enough to cover any writer’s needs: Transform your text into beautiful PDFs, Word documents or eBooks. Or export HTML code, ready to be used anywhere on the web. You can even choose between a variety of pre-made formatting styles for all kinds of purposes, or create your own and share it with other users.

### Publish to WordPress & Medium
Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class WordPress & Medium publishing. You can post to WordPress from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and both offer a built-in preview to proof-read before submission.

### Pricing
Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans, as well as a special discount for students. There’s also a fully functional 14-day trial, so you can test Ulysses (including export and sync) before you commit.

All plans unlock the app on Mac, iPhone and iPad, and feature full iCloud synchronization.

### Questions
Please visit for more information. You can also reach us via or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback!

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Duration and price of each subscription are displayed in Ulysses’ storefront, updated at the time of purchase. Payment will be charged to iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. Subscriptions and auto-renewal can be managed/turned off in the iTunes account settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period is forfeited as soon as a subscription is purchased. Student subscriptions automatically terminate after their duration, as shown in Ulysses’ storefront at the time of purchase.

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What's New

Version 12.3

- Re-added “Services” submenu to the editor context menu
- Improved PDF export performance when using underlines
- Fixed a crash when exporting to DOCX with fonts that had only bold styles
- Less steamy color variable names in Troy export style

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5

115 Ratings

115 Ratings

It took me years to find this perfect writing app

Tom Snyder

I have been a professional writer for 20 years. I created and wrote the animated show "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" for comedy central on a laptop in a bar, as I did with all the other animated shows I created. These days, writing comedy and musicals, I work at the same bar but now with an iPad. I can safely say that I have tried every single writing app available and have given to each one a really thorough try. Now, with Ulysses, I can stop looking and spend all of my time writing. Any serious writer who has lived with writing programs will find out very quickly that the Ulysses team is thoroughly committed to a powerful but simple work environment that gracefully renders anything from short documents to novels, scripts, everything. When I first read about it I was hesitant because there were several references to markup language and that sort of thing which has never interested me or been necessary for me. You can safely ignore your similar concerns, should you have them, because "Markup" simply refers to their way of formatting text.

I look forward to writing every day (I never order a glass of wine till 5 PM) and those writing with me feel the same way. The synchronization is blazingly fast and reliable. I look at the Microsoft word app now with a shudder, and if I want to send a word document to someone, that is trivially easy to do within this App. I just love it.

The best for longform writing

Vulgar demos

I am writing my entire dissertation in this app. It’s customizability and writing environment remains the best, in my view. That said, those who are writing nonfiction/academic stuff should know that this app will introduce a number of huge hassles to your workflow. For example, this is not the best environment to create and edit footnotes because the app basically hides them from view in a bubble that is far more suited for reading rather than writing/editing. It leaves a huge margin for error since you have to click on each footnote just to read it (and forget about search/replace in footnotes, thus making quick citation formatting an impossibility). Creating your own Markdown style to mitigate the issue only introduces new issues when it comes to exporting. And speaking of exporting, it is virtually impossible to create a professional-looking document from any of their built-in templates, since they have so many little spacing oddities. And the style exchange really isn’t much better since it’s highly customized for specific purposes. You’ll have to spend a lot of time with their CSS, learn pandoc, or simply export your stuff to Markdown and take it to a different Markdown app/script/service that handles exports better (pretty much most of them).

A fantastic app for serious writers

David Chartier

Nearly everything I’ve written for the past two years across web freelancing, client work, a monthly magazine column, a personal blog, and a newsletter has started in Ulysses. It’s a brilliantly powerful yet sleek app. Just when I thought I needed more of one feature or another, I usually discovered that Ulysses actually has it.

My main complaint is that I wish Ulysses had an archive option. With so much writing stored in it now, my folders and search results are getting pretty cluttered. I really wish there was a way to archive things like old blog posts and newsletters from both sight and primary search results. Then, there could possibly be an option to expand search results to archived items, or maybe just a separate search area for those items.

Re: the switch to subscription pricing, I still think Ulysses is an incredible value and a steal even at twice the price. But now that it’s subscription, I feel much better about the company’s future and ability to be sustainable. Software development is much more complex and harder than most of us know, and I’m happy to support a great company with a fantastic product.


Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
20.9 MB
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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