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 15.1

- Fixed scrolling to last edit position when double-clicking sheet.
- Command-F opens editor search again when focus was outside editor.
- Improved line breaks when publishing to WordPress.
- Tweaked a few details of code block handling in the editor.
- Fixed an issue where images would appear rotated on export.
- Fixed state restoration when launching in fullscreen mode.
- Fixed toggling dark theme when changing window color mode.
- Fixed background color in plain text and PDF export preview on OS X 10.11.
- Fixed a crash when loading invalid markup.
- Fixed a crash when converting a sheet to a different markup.
- Fixed a crash when locking a window while a popover is open.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
451 Ratings
451 Ratings
heykitty9 ,

Hands down best writing app

I am a journalist as well as an amateur creative writer, and Ulysses suits my needs for every type of writing I do. Look no further: Ulysses is the best writing app on the market.

This app not only provides a clean and unintrusive space to do my writing, but it's also packed with loads of features if you need them. Ulysses is fast and lightweight, unlike some of the bulkier writing apps I've tried. The sync between the iOS and Mac versions is instant (and the mobile apps are equally beautiful and easy to use). The focus mode and writing goals motivate me to actually sit down and WRITE. I also love the ability to view a number of sheets together in a single, streaming editor, because this allows me to sketch an outline with multiple sheets and then fill in as I go.

The most recent update (March 2019) with the split-screen editor and the keyword manager are just a few of the significant new features that have rolled out since I became a happy subscriber to this app last year. I am thrilled to support these developers with a subscription when it means a stream of quality new feaatures like this.

Thank you for making this app and continuing to develop it with such attention to detail. It's clear how much thought and effort has gone into the design and usability of this program and it is very much appreciated.

Your Standard Customer ,

Very Good App. Should Be Better by Now

v15 UPDATE: An update that breaks functionality while offering little in the way of a full point release. Still not much in terms of what a writer will use except for the splitscreen maybe, though I was already able to do that using two windows and fullscreen, so not a huge jump in productivity.

But to make matters worse, you can no longer do a simple Cmd-F Find on a sheet if the focus is on the Sheet column. This worked fine all the way through v14.4. Broken now. Instead, all you get is the irritating KLUMP! — You're not allowed to do that, you idiot.

On the plus side, it seems faster than v14.4, but then that was a bug with v14.4, not a feature here.

After all this time, this is not an update worth writing home about using Ulysses.

ORIG: The developer is not very responsive in terms of feature requests. You just get a canned response that "Your vote's been counted." Then you see very few updates and they are for things that I can't believe were voted as being more necessary. (Like coding. This is an app for authors, not programmers. What about hideable tags? Or auto chapter numbering? Or variables in CSS styles? Stuff that makes writing books easier.)

Time to jump off this train. No longer worth the cost. Continually pay for nothing.

Developer Response ,

We are sorry about the issues you are experiencing. Our developers are already actively working on the text color issue, which should be fixed in the next update. As for the performance issue: Would you mind contacting us via We respond to every email that reaches us and we always try to resolve issues as quickly as possible. –Alex

totalthinker ,

My go to word processor

I used Ulysses from its first release for notes, project outlines and every draft until I finally imported into Word. Then Apple released the iPad and I went through dozens of text apps to replace it, none of which worked. I was so glad when they released the iPad version so I could use it on both platforms.

I've worked with Word, Pages and Scrivener. None have the utility of Ulysses. I even write my Medium articles in Ulysses, add the block quotes and images and import the file into Medium directly.

I still haven't successfully customized any style sheets, but once I do, I may bypass Word entirely.


Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
23.4 MB

OS X 10.11.0 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG


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