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 13.2

Fixes and House Keeping

- Fixed Arabic text in lists. So sorry… :(
- Vastly improved performance for long sheets and texts with lots of lists.
- Fixed the problem where footnotes and annotations might appear empty.
- Fixed jumping text and cursor with paragraph spacing enabled.
- All export formats now preserve enumeration numbers during export.
- Better display and performance for deadline goals set in the far future.
- Improved color consistency of built-in themes for code and raw source.
- Pressing backspace right behind a code block now selects the code block.

- Fixed a problem where sheets could occasionally not be dragged into groups.
- Fixed an issue where paragraph highlighting in Dark Mode would render text illegible.
- Tweaked colors for better contrast in keyword search matches.
- Editor search highlights are now updated correctly when resizing a window.
- Fixed various UI issues on macOS 10.11.

- Improved compatibility with future versions of macOS.

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Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

102 Ratings

102 Ratings

The Best Long Form Writing Application + Using with Other Apps


Out of the numerous writing apps I have tried, Ulysses is the best I have used. As one who runs a start-up, I am often writing a lot. This app gives the best writing EXPERIENCE and I find the organizational tools very helpful (folders, subfolders, icons, etc.). Also, the depth in which you can customize this app is amazing. Whether from light mode/dark mode background color, color of the text when you bold it, having multiple markdown templates for different apps, the ability to download different templates created by other users, etc. is incredible. This is such a great app.

I also use the Day One journal app in tandem with this application. I type up all my entries in Ulysses because it gives the best writing experience. When I am finished, I then copy the text (markdowns included) and paste it into Day One. Like many other apps, Day One uses markdown but have a slightly different set up than the default Ulysses markdown set up. I created a Day One markdown template in Ulysses where, with one click of a button, converts everything I write into a form that Day One can read. It’s a very smooth process.

I am very happy that Ulysses is now on a subscription model. Because the app market is ever changing, I am often saddened when an app I have poured all my energy into learning and intergrated into my life for a number of years become obsolete because they cannot frequently add new functions.

Sitcom Writer Becomes Novelist


I wrote and produced sitcoms for over 35 years and then decided I wanted to write a novel, but the length and complexity compared to writing a fifty page sitcom script was quite daunting. I genuinely did not know at first how I could keep all of the elements straight in my head, and frankly I dislike software that tries to guide me through character arcs and story beats with prefab questionaires. That’s not writing, that’s homework. Then someone turned me on to ULYSSES and it solved that problem and more. Each chapter of my novel has a sheet on the left hand side and when you click on that chapter all the notes I have appear on the right. Simple. I also have a Research Group that includes related articles, photographs, links, etc. I probably only use about 10% of ULYSSES's potential but it allowed me to organize my novel the way my particular brain works. Actually, that’s the main beauty of ULYSSES, it has a lot of potentiality and you can determine for yourself how to best use it to help you write whatever you’re going to write. I’m done with my rough first draft, it’s about 90,000 words (350 pages), and I could NEVER have gotten there without this tool.

Tools Are an Investment, Not an Expense


Now that I believe I can rate this application for what it is and not be buried by those who complain about the price, I am happy to offer my five stars. Ulysses is my number one writing application. (I have others in the traditional mold for editing, including reformatting, re-purposing, change tracking, the whole nine yards. That’s another kettle of fish.) I learned several years ago, when I first tried Ulysses, that the developer understands the art of writing and produces the best software for my purpose, which is to publish to the web, in a specialized manner, on a daily basis. I’ve tried others but always come back to this.

Lest anyone think that I am some high-powered blogger, I am not. I am a senior citizen, retired from decades as a typographer, editor and translator, living on a fixed income. I now do volunteer work on the internet, often in a fast-paced international environment, and still would not be without my preferred tools, of which Ulysses is the chief. If I am willing to pay the subscription price, it is for a reason. I consider it an investment in quality work.


Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
22.8 MB
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG


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