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 14.5

Fixes a crash on launch on iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPad 4.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
411 Ratings
411 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

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IllegalOperation ,

Good piece of software, but subscription model is questionableq

I’m a researcher and writer who uses Ulysses for the Mac and iOS daily. I’ve been using it for nearly two years to write essays, academic papers, policy briefs, reports, personal articles, correspondence, blog posts, and most other long-form writing I’ve done. I’d tried Scrivener in the past and found it too clunky for my needs—I like user interfaces to be unobtrusive and friendly, and Ulysses fits the bill. Sometimes I still have to tweak Word documents to send to others, but the *writing process* itself is smooth. I actually like that documents are in a centralised database that’s easy to organise within the app; I find it annoying to dig through multiple folders on my computer or iPad to find what I’m looking for.

Unfortunately, I have to deduct two stars for the subscription model Ulysses adopted last year. While I understand that developers need to use sustainable payment models to ensure that they can earn a living and continue to write software, I don’t think that a subscription model really works for this kind of software. It’s not really a service in the same way that Dropbox or iCloud are; in fact, Ulysses is dependent on Apple’s infrastructure for its syncing between Macs and iOS devices. It’s a text editor. The software-as-a-service model is more appropriate for other platforms. Even Adobe’s subscription model makes more sense than this.

There are a few other ways that they could have handled this without sacrificing the goodwill of long-time customers and recent purchasers of Ulysses. For example, they could have used a hybrid model in which customers made monthly payments for a year and then had permanent access to the software, offered the choice between subscription and non-subscription plans, separated features out into “basic” and “premium” plans, reduced the price to lower the barrier to entry and attract more customers, or grandfathered all pre-subscription purchasers into lifetime updates. I don’t think the Ulysses team intended to be unethical. I do, however, think that they handled the transition to subscription pricing clumsily. I also felt a little ripped off because I had purchased a licence earlier in 2017 and hoped that I would have long-term access to the software and receive updates. (In fact, I bought Ulysses instead of Bear or another program because at the time there WAS no subscription.)

By the time that the change to subscription pricing was announced, however, Ulysses had become so integrated in my workflow that I was hesitant to switch away. I ended up subscribing to Setapp so that I would at the very least get more value for my money by having multiple apps from which to choose. I still like the program and continue to use it via Setapp, but wish they had either avoided the subscription plan entirely or handled it more smoothly.

Redsleaves ,

Great until it lost half of my writing

I’ve loved this app for years.

Last week half of my documents and folders were no longer downloading and were inaccessible.

Will update if support can help get it solved. But my confidence in the app is shaken.

I’m really bummed. Feels like a good friend let me down.

Developer Response ,

We are terribly sorry about that! Ulysses saves backups of your work automatically in the background, so your notes should be safe. If you go to "File” › "Browse Backups…”, you should see a list of recent backups done by the app. Additionally, you can look up old versions of a sheet if you go to "File” › "Browse All Versions…”. Further information about the backing up and restoring sheets are outlined in the comprehensive tutorial on our website: You should also check your Trash folder in Ulysses. You can easily restore accidentally deleted files from there by right-clicking on the affected sheets.


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Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
117.7 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
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