Write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.

• Fast handling of large documents.
• Live word count, reading time, and more.
• Shift line up, down, left, and right commands.
• Select word, sentence, and paragraph commands.
• Automatically log your writing sessions to a spreadsheet.
• Use themes to save, switch, and share your favorite settings.
• Choose your own background images, paper textures, and typing sounds.


“But if, when it comes right down to it, full screen is your r grail, and the ultimate antidote to the bric-a-brac of Word, then you must enter the WriteRoom, the ultimate spartan writing utopia.”
— Virginia Heffernan, NYT

“Unlike practically everything else in our digital lives, WriteRoom's minimalist interface implies a truly flattering proposition: It's you, not the software, that matters.”
— Jeffrey MacIntyre, Slate

“WriteRoom’s minimalist interface also frees you from the nagging urge to fiddle with margins, fonts, and other settings, leaving you with nothing to do but write.”
— Nathan Alderman, MacWorld

“A perfectly balanced, indispensable part of any Mac writer’s toolkit.”
— Craig Grannell, Mac Format

What’s New

Version 3.2.1

* Fix: Sandboxing issue with QuickCursor
* Fix: Sandboxing issue when changing between plain text and rich text
* Fix: Crash when using Shift Left in some circumstances

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
40 Ratings
40 Ratings
Walden722 ,


Where have you been all of my life?!?? I finally enjoy writing without having any pressure to the details. There is a warmth and simplicity to this program. I can focus on mood and content of my writngs without being distracted by mispelled words, pages and sentence structures. There is such a stark difference between writing on a regular black and white document and then on one of your own choosing. This provides you the platform for inspiritation which you can easily transfer and edit on another medium. I am so thankful for this app.

On an important side note - if you search for images of WriteRoom on the internet - you can find and download all sorts of really great screens without having to create your own.

ricky w ,

So incredibly angry

I’ve been using this app on my computer and my iPad for ages now and I really enjoyed it… until today. It just lost 1,400 words. Any other time, I might have been forgiving, but not during National Novel Writing Month. I will never trust it again. Please note when the last update to the app was. Wait until the developer starts paying attention to it again before giving him or her your money.

becdot ,

Great for writing, less great for editing

There are so many things I love about this software! I love the distraction-free mode when writing, the different backgrounds and color choices, and the way the page scrolls to keep up with me when I’m writing. However, I feel as though it has very limited editing/formatting options: you can’t set page numbers, for example, and I only just figured out how to indent the first lines of paragraphs after using the software for months.

I understand that this app is geared towards writing, but I wish that the creators would remember that editing is a crucial part of the writing process, and making the editing and formatting options more robust and easier to use.


Jesse Grosjean
1.5 MB
OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Jesse Grosjean


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