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

- Fixed editor not scrolling to search results
- Fixed several issues related to Typewriter Mode (“Action…” menu, CMD-Shift-C, shaky scrolling…)
- Improved PDF export performance when using underlines
- Fixed a crash when exporting to DOCX with fonts that had only bold styles

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

584 Ratings

584 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

A clean and simple writing interface.

Bought the app now I have to subscribe?

FistOf Strength

I bought the app a year ago. They decided to change to subscription. Now I have read-only mode. I bought a WRITING app and I can't write with it because the developers are so GREEDY they retro-actively deactivated a product I already paid for. I can NOT use something I already GAVE THEM MONEY for. They took away something I already gave them money for, because they wanted to make MORE MONEY. On what planet is that fair? In what moral universe is that not shameful greed?

Hey folks, if you want to pay the subscription go ahead. Your choice. What kind of company are you supporting? Who says they won't pull a fast one on you in a year, in two years, once all your data is locked in. I'm moving to Scrivener. They're just as good, even better in some respects. Best of all: they're HONEST.

Hey developers: why do you deactivate a product that people already paid for to get them to move to a new subscription service? I know it is legal, but is it right? Why don't you let people use the version they paid for? Why is ios app and Mac app READ-ONLY? Do you know what a conscience is, or is money more imporant than your reptuation? Do you really think this is the best way to get people to trust you?

Developer Response

First of all, we are sorry about the way our migration to a subscription-based model came across to you. The pre-subscription version of Ulysses that you have purchased still works, and will work for the time to come: we will never lock you out your data. To install it again, please go to the App Store go to your personal settings. Then select "Purchased" and tap the cloud icon next to Ulysses to download the pre-subscription version. As for our decision to switch to subscription, this was not an easy solution for us either. However, subscriptions support single purchases for both platforms, allow for free trials and ensure that Ulysses remains a sustainable app in the time to come. If you are interested, we have explained this more detail in a blogpost on The subscriptions are valid for iOS and Mac, we don't plan on introducing yet another system. Please don't hesitate to write us via if you've got any further questions. –Eline

No justification for requiring a subscription


This “software as service” model is blatantly anti-consumer, and is simply about getting more profit for developers. When my web host charges a subscription, I get it, since there’s ongoing costs involved. But these folks have decided that you should rent their app, even though they host nothing. Virtually every other developer on the planet is able to fund ongoing development with sales alone. Perhaps our company here doesn’t trust their app enough for this to be viable?

Edit: I realized it wasn’t Ulysses that I had bought, it was the predecessor to Ulysses, called Daedalus. It is no longer supported. It is downloadable if you’d bought it before, but is unusable (you can’t actually delete anything). Still, that part of my review wasn’t accurate, so I got rid of it.

Still, my main gripe is this idea of renting software, which is just a cash grab and is not justifiable. Pages is free, and there are plenty of other good word processors for iOS that don’t expect a subscription. Even Scrivener, at $20, would pay for itself in 4 months compared to Ulysses. There is absolutely nothing this app does that justifies the cost.

Developer Response

We are very sorry you are feeling bad about our change. It seems there might be a little misunderstanding though. If you previously purchases the app, you can continue to use it for as long as you want. It's yours. You can always find and re-install it from the "Purchases" tab here on the App Store. New functions and improvements, however, are only available with this version and the subscription, that's correct. –Max


Monthly Subscription

Full access. For starters.


Annual Subscription

Full access. On all devices.



Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
103 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+
© 2017 Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
In-App Purchases
  1. Monthly Subscription $4.99
  2. Annual Subscription $29.99
  3. Annual Subscription $39.99


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