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 13.1

- Added syntax highlighting support for more programming and markup languages, including OCaml, Erlang and F#. Overall, Ulysses now supports over 60 languages.
- Improved performance when parsing code syntax
- Added keyboard shortcut for collapsing and expanding groups in the Library (for real this time!)
- Fixed a couple of crashes which are too special to list here

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

A clean and simple writing interface.



I've been a user of Ulysses for 3 or 4 years, and while I applauded every useful
feature addition along the way, I also wondered how many people there were out there who would really be willing to buy in to such a robust textual working environment. And so I am glad that the company has moved to a subscription model, as it offers me reassurance that they will be around for years to come, to support their software. Other writing apps that have come into the market recently started out with the subscription model, which is I assume why no one is mad about it. But Ulysses is really far more robust than they (Bear, Standard Notes) are, and is priced about the same.
To those writers who do not wish to pay for Ulysses, I would suggest using a plain text format and an open source editor such as Vim, as this is the only other path that offers simplicity, flexibility, and the assurance of longevity. Of course, you will give up the niceties of a super focused, well thought out, mobile and desktop writing studio, but at least you won't have to pay for it.

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


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Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
111.5 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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