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Write right with these excellent text editor apps

Need to write an article, a program, a note, or just about anything that involves text? Want to do it as quickly and easily as possible on your iOS device? Then you might want to use any of the excellent text editor apps we’ve gathered here. Most of these feature rich text formatting, some include Markdown support, others offer code syntax highlighting, and at least one boasts workflows for carrying otherwise repetitive and tedious editing tasks. So go ahead and check them out to find your new favorite text editor app or two.

Bear
Editorial
iWriter Pro

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Beautiful design
Bear

Bear

Shiny Frog Ltd.

Write Beautifully with Bear from Shiny Frog

Bear is a beautiful writing app for those who need to organize their notes and thoughts or full on prose and code.

Useful shortcuts
Editorial

Editorial

omz:software

Automate the heck out of writing and editing text

Editorial allows users to create Automator-like or Python-scripted workflows to speed things up and make editing and publishing more exciting.

Powerful and useful features as you write
iWriter Pro

iWriter Pro

Serpensoft Group

When you want a professional yet simple text writing app

Get a simple and elegant text editing experience with iWriter Pro.

TeX Writer - LaTeX On The Go
TeX Writer - LaTeX On The Go

TeX Writer

Chaoji Li

Writing and compiling TeX files on the go

Writing and compiling TeX files on the go. No internet connection needed.

FULL TeX/LaTeX SUPPORT
- Supports both plain TeX and LaTeX, output PDF;
- Supports XeLaTeX (online compiling, requires PRO subscription);
- Fast compiler optimized for iOS devices;
- On-demand package auto downloader, including big packages like beamer;
- Integrated BibTeX/MakeIndex;
- Support multi-file project with comment "%!TEX root=main.tex"

DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
- A text editor designed...

Customize
1Writer - Markdown Text Editor

1Writer

Ngoc Luu

If you need a simple but powerful and efficient text editor, this is it

1Writer is a beautiful and streamlined text editor that comes packed with useful features.

iWriter
iWriter

iWriter

Serpensoft Group

iWriter is simple and elegant text editor - the best app for you to write an article or take a note

iWriter is simple and elegant text editor - the best app for you to write an article or take a note.

Key features:

- Minimalistic distraction-free interface.
- iCloud sync for iPad and iPhone.
- Customizable fonts and themes.
- Automatic number/bullet list continuations.
- Support for opening documents in place.
- TextExpander support.

Tips & tricks:

– Swipe down to...

Great distraction-free writing
Byword

Byword

Metaclassy, Lda.

Get a beautiful writing experience with this slick app

Byword is a staple among writers who just want a gorgeous Markdown text editing experience.

Also Good

Apps with average score

MarkText - Markdown Editor
MarkText - Markdown Editor
MarkText - Markdown Editor

MarkText - Markdown Editor

Liusheng Lin

MarkText is a markdown text editor and note taking app for iOS. Write markdown note with real-time syntax highlighting, convert to HTML, PNG or PDF, and share to Evernote, Dropbox and Email. Sync via iCloud Drive across your iPhone & iPad & Mac (in iCloud Drvie Folder).

# Key Features
+ Beautiful...

eWriter. Print quickly!
eWriter. Print quickly!
eWriter. Print quickly!

eWriter. Print quickly!

IT-Effects

eWriter is universal simple and elegant text editor. The best choice for you to write an article, take a notes and easy share.

Main features:
- shortcut buttons for copy, paste, SMS, Facebook, mail, search and Twitter
- customizable keyboard buttons
- smart quotes and parenthesis
- easy text navigation buttons
- punctuation marks...

beorg: To-Do List & Agenda
beorg: To-Do List & Agenda
beorg: To-Do List & Agenda

beorg: To-Do List & Agenda

Apps On The Move

beorg is a to-do list and task manager app putting you in control. See what needs doing on a weekly agenda from the moment you open the app. From simple task lists to managing complex projects, beorg helps keep on top of work, family and everything else - synced to...

Poste 2
Poste 2
Poste 2

Poste 2

Ryu Iwasaki

Poste2 is major markdown editor for Evernote.
Can write, edit and sync the Evernote notes.

# Features
- Support toolbars for markdown syntax shortcut
- Support Markdown syntax
- Support Preview
- Support Night mode
- Support Sync Evernote
- Support CSS
- Support Import files from Dropbox
- Support Split view in iPad
- Support search and replace in notes

Privacy...

Permanote (standalone)
Permanote (standalone)
Permanote (standalone)

Permanote (standalone)

Nuclear Elements, Inc.

Value what you write. Permanote is used by writers for the New Yorker, correspondents at the BBC, and CEOs for organizing their thoughts.

Permanote edits all your text files in Dropbox. The editor is fully customizable, including a strip of keys above the keyboard. Other editors force you into a particular...

Taskmator - TaskPaper Client
Taskmator - TaskPaper Client
Taskmator - TaskPaper Client

Taskmator - TaskPaper Client

Amit Chaudhary

◉ "The Best TaskPaper app for iOS" — Macdrifter
◉ "Excellent Task Manager"— Cult of Mac
◉ “Taskmator, a powerful TaskPaper client for iPhone and iPad, has received full Reminders Integration” — Federico Viticci, MacStories
◉ "Taskmator is really neat and great" —Merlin Mann
◉ "I love using the TaskPaper format, with...

Go Edit
Go Edit
Go Edit

Go Edit

Sasmito Adibowo

Markdown notes with embedded images **without** any compatibility problems!

How many times you just love writing in markdown **but** your editor fell flat on its face when you need to add a photo or two?

Introducing Go Edit. Write in markdown *or* rich text and easily switch between those formats. Add in...

SyncNotes: Modern Text Editor
SyncNotes: Modern Text Editor
SyncNotes: Modern Text Editor

SyncNotes: Modern Text Editor

Qrayon, LLC

Keep your notes in sync from anywhere! SyncNotes is a modern text editor for the iPad and iPhone.

+ Dropbox Sync: Automatically syncs across devices, and to your Mac or PC.

+ Full Screen Editing: Comfortable to use, on all screen sizes.

+ Text Formatting: Create headings with a #. Surround words with...

JotSpot
JotSpot
JotSpot

JotSpot

Alisa Bliss

The best way to write down anything and everything, all inside a super clean interface!

Features:
- 3D Touch for supported devices (app icon, peek/pop on info and tutorial pages)
- Dark Mode
- Save/share notes pretty much anywhere
- Easily clear/create notes
- Split View and Side by Side on iPads

JotSpot is an amazing...

Text Editor+
Text Editor+
Text Editor+

Text Editor+

Jayanti Katariya

Text Editor+ is universal application which allow to edit Plain and Rich Text

Main Features:
- Supports Plain Text and Rich Text Editor (iOS7 only)
- Allow to Edit and Create .RTF File
- Sync with iCloud and Dropbox
- Support offline/local storage
- Full features Text editor with Find, Replace, Go To Line
Font Style,...

iEditor – Text Code Editor
iEditor – Text Code Editor
iEditor – Text Code Editor

iEditor – Text Code Editor

ComcSoft Corporation

Voted No. 1 text and source code editor on iPhone/iPad. Simple and fast.

iEditor is a text file and source code editing tool on iPhone and iPad. You can use iEditor to:

- Create a new text or source code file.
- Import a file from Document Browser.
- Support Syntax Highlighting...

PDF Writer (PDF Rich Editor)
PDF Writer (PDF Rich Editor)
PDF Writer (PDF Rich Editor)

PDF Writer (PDF Rich Editor)

Denk Alexandru

• Take notes, save ideas, write documents or e-mails, keep a journal and convert them to PDF seamlessly
• Define and use templates so you don't have to start from scratch every time you begin a new note 

FEATURES
• Write notes, documents, ideas with a rich text editor
• Create brand new PDFs...

Edhita: Text Editor
Edhita: Text Editor
Edhita: Text Editor

Edhita: Text Editor

Tatsuya Tobioka

Edhita is a open source text editor for iOS.

# Features

* Manage direcotries and files
* View files in built-in browser
* Download files by HTTP
* Input symbols by accessory view
* Send files by e-mail
* Preview markdown

The source code is available on GitHub.
https://github.com/tnantoka/edhita

SyncNotes+ Modern Text Editor
SyncNotes+ Modern Text Editor
SyncNotes+ Modern Text Editor

SyncNotes+ Modern Text Editor

Qrayon, LLC

Keep your notes in sync from anywhere! SyncNotes is a modern text editor for the iPad and iPhone.

+ Dropbox Sync: Automatically syncs across devices, and to your Mac or PC.

+ Full Screen Editing: Comfortable to use, on all screen sizes.

+ Text Formatting: Create headings with a #. Surround words with...

iRich Text Editor – Write, Edit and Share
iRich Text Editor – Write, Edit and Share
iRich Text Editor – Write, Edit and Share

iRich Text Editor – Write, Edit and Share

Tatvasoft

iRich Text Editor is a perfect app for those looking for writing in plain or rich formatted text with ease and confidence. With integrated Dropbox sync and iTune, now you can "Write Edit and Share" your documents anytime on your iPad.

Features:

- Create/Edit Rich Text Documents
- Email documents as...

Syml - Minimalist Text Editor
Syml - Minimalist Text Editor
Syml - Minimalist Text Editor

Syml - Minimalist Text Editor

Inquisitive Software

Syml is a minimalist yet powerful text editor designed specifically for the iPad. It's built around seamless Dropbox sync and natural gestures that let you interact directly with your words. It's simple and elegant, while offering a depth of powerful features. Syml gets out of your way, and lets you...

WordEver - MarkDown Text Editor
WordEver - MarkDown Text Editor
WordEver - MarkDown Text Editor

WordEver - MarkDown Text Editor

Oksana Soluk

- The first word processor for the iPad with a completely redesigned keyboard (for English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian and Italian layout);
- Support for the full version of Markdown markup (with tables, the full specification);
- MarkDown syntax highlighting and formatting
- Integration with Dropbox, GoogleDrive and iCloud;
- Color themes...

Falcon Notes
Falcon Notes
Falcon Notes

Falcon Notes

Chintan Ghate

A simple, markdown based note-taking app.

# Key Features:

- Write notes, journals & research in markdown (easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format)
- Read notes in clean and beautiful previews.
- Organize notes in multiple notebooks.
- Search notes by title or content within notebooks.
- Experience the app in two beautiful themes, Light & Dark.
-...

Writer app: Easy text editor for writers
Writer app: Easy text editor for writers
Writer app: Easy text editor for writers

Writer app: Easy text editor for writers

B TO J PTY LTD

Do you wish typing could be easier on your iPhone and iPad?
Want to fix typos quickly without deleting everything you wrote?
Don't you hate switching the keyboard just to type a single dot "."?

"Writer app" is a stress-free text editor for professional writers.
This app will help you focus...

Notable - Best Note Taking
Notable - Best Note Taking
Notable - Best Note Taking

Notable - Best Note Taking

Katlamudi Kumari

Notable is an elegant, intuitive and powerful note taking application. With an infinitely extensible tree of folders, organizing your information has never been easier. Because Notable notes are stored as simple text files and folders within your Dropbox, you can open and edit them in almost any text editor. Consequently,...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

Textforce - Text Editing for Dropbox

Textforce - Text Editing for Dropbox

Yutaka Yagiura

Let Textforce help you work in the cloud. Use this amazing application for seamless, efficient document creation, editing and syncing on and between your iDevices and PC. Textforce gives you total freedom to work from anywhere. You’ll love the comprehensive editing tools that this app offers you, including selection moving and syncing with Dropbox. Click “…More” to learn why you should download this App today!

You’ve created an important document on your iPad while still at the office. On the commute home, you finish up the draft and do some editing on your iPhone. Getting comfortable in front of your desktop computer, you prepare to polish that report and have it ready and perfect for a meeting first thing tomorrow morning. You’ve lost no time and the finished product is something to be proud of.

This project has been one of the easiest to write up. You smile at the application that made it all possible and wonder what people did in ‘the old days’.

If you ever have to create or edit a document, you’re going to love Textforce. Use this amazing application to create a document on iPad, edit on iPhone then complete it on your desktop computer. Or the other way around. It doesn’t matter because Textforce gives you total freedom to work interchangeably between devices. How? It takes you to the cloud.

Textforce is a text editor that provides seamless access to documents and comprehensive editing tools, as well as syncing with Dropbox, a cloud storage services.

Don’t worry about having to use a complicated interface; the app is simple to understand and take advantage of. Create, search, replace, move sections and much more, quickly and easily, anywhere at anytime.

Using Textforce also means that you can directly edit your text files stored on Dropbox and you’ll never again lose your data or files. All text is automatically, instantly saved as you work with it. You can undo errors and restore directly on the Dropbox website, too. Heck, you can even create your own free Dropbox account, right from Textforce.

See? Easy and convenient.

Do you use Evernote or GoodReader? Well, you’ll be happy to know that you can open your .txt files in those applications, as well. There’s just so much flexibility in Textforce!

The list of helpful features doesn’t stop there. There’s easy, intuitive cursor movement on your iPhone and iPad, insertion of pre-defined snippets, offline editing, character counting and bookmarking of favorite text files. You have access to a ton of different functions, all designed to help make your work easier.

Check out some of the features you get in Textforce:
* Easy, intuitive interface
* Takes you to the cloud
* Lets you seamlessly link and work with Dropbox
* Create free Dropbox account from Textforce
* Allows interchangeable access between iPhone, iPad, PC
* Open .txt files in Evernote or GoodReader
* Supports text editing
* Smooth, intuitive cursor movement on iPhone and iPad
* Regular expression search and replacement
* Displays character count
* TextExpander allows insertion of pre-defined snippets
* Supports character encoding; open files in Windows
* View, edit and sync automatically when online
* Work in Offline Mode
* Bookmark and History functions for easy file retrieval
* Auto save while editing data
* Copy/email and copy/move text
* Change settings
* Find/replace support

The list goes on and on. Everything you need for top efficiency and ease in your text work is right here.

Don’t start working on another document until you download Textforce.

enhanced Formatted Text Editor

enhanced Formatted Text Editor

Fernando Parillo

This extended notepad is very useful, and practical, to write and to store several complex formatted text files, including also, resized/scaled, images imported from the camera roll. During the editing phase of a document, it allows to specify several text attributes, using an intuitive toolbar, as any common PC word processor.
The number of stored documents is unlimited; it depends only of the used iOS® device memory. It is also possible to transfer any stored formatted text file between used iOS® devices, via a Wi-Fi connection or via Bluetooth device pairing. Every formatted text file can be saved in RTF, version 1.9, compatible with most popular desktop word processors, and/or in PDF format. It is possible to generate PDF documents with different page size, from A5 to A3, allowing also to specify custom paper size. The generated RTF/PDF can be shared also between, not iOS®, devices or any PC sending the documents via email, thanks an integrated email composer. This very compact tool includes also iCloud® and full document sharing support.

Clean Writer

Clean Writer

Cognitive Bits

The inexpensive minimalist distraction-free plain text editor that boosts your creativity by putting the focus on WRITING. As seen on PCWorld, MacWorld, Copyblogger and TheNextWeb.

* PCWorld.com : "One of the best bargains in iPad-based text editing"
* MacWorld: "Clean Writer ... has quickly become my favorite way to write on the iPad"
* Copyblogger.com : "Hats off to the developers for creating something writers can use"
* TheNextWeb.com : "Clean Writer... provides almost identical features as Writer, at a fraction of the cost"



SOLID PLAIN TEXT WRITING
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* different choices of color schemes & global font
* uncluttered UI with gestures - pinch font zoom, tap for quick jump to start/end of text, swipes for File & Preferences panels
* extended keyboard row with user-definable shortcuts
* preview and convert markdown
* live counter of chars, words and lines
* autosaves files when needed but also on demand; intelligent file names defaults preventing accidents
* access your cloud plain text files with Dropbox integration


THE FIRST iPAD DISTRACTION-FREE TEXT EDITOR
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In 2010 Clean Writer was the first distraction-free plain text editor for iPad. Now it's reborn, redesigned and improved with a new UI, gesture-driven workflow, options hidden from sight, color themes and more.


NOTES:
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The app only handles plain text files (.txt, .md, .html, etc) and will NOT open .doc, .rtf or .pdf. It conveniently hides such files when browsing Dropbox folders, to prevent mistakes. (If you need access to non plain text documents, you first need to export them as plain text from Word, Pages, Text Edit or other document processing software).