50 Awesome Text Editors

Let’s face it, there are times when you need to access your files or get some writing done but you’re away from the computer and all you have is your iPhone. Fortunately, the number of text editing apps out there is growing at a rapid rate.

These can allow you to create, edit, save, sync and send your information, all on the fly. And the best part is, with so many different options out there, the odds are good you’ll be able to zero in on one that meets your needs. Click “more” to get started.

PlainText

PlainText is a free and simple text editor with a paper-like user interface that allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Dropbox.com.

Price: free
Developer: Hog Bay Software
Download: iTunes

Droptext

Droptext can open, edit, and save text files from Dropbox. Just login with your Dropbox account and you have access to all of your files. Droptext can edit any file with a text mime type (ex. TXT, HTML, PHP).

Price: $0.99
Developer: Invisions Technical Arts
Download: iTunes

Elements for Dropbox

Elements allows you to view, edit and share plain text documents and all your data is stored in a folder on your personal Dropbox account. Organize your files in sub-folders, create, view, edit and preview Markdown files on your iPhone and enjoy autosaving, full text search, email capability, ability to sort by name or modified date, TextExpander support and more.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Second Gear
Download: iTunes

KWrite

KWrite is designed to be elegant, minimal and distraction-free. Write and edit your documents using plain text or Markdown and preview them using the integrated quick Web View. Translate your documents to more than 60 languages, export and mail documents in TXT or PDF format, enjoy iTunes Auto Sync, and share your text documents via Dropbox, email, Evernote, Tumblr, Twitter and iTunes File Sharing.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Knowtilus
Download: iTunes

Nocs

Nocs features Dropbox and Markdown integration, on-the-fly conversion, one-tap preview, ability to export as HTML, TextExpander support, iTunes file sharing, nested folders, inbox support (you can open files from other apps), and rich documents with hyperlinks and images.

Price: Free
Developer: WISD
Download: iTunes

Write and Say

Write & Say is a text editor with advanced speech and translation capabilities that converts your text into natural-sounding speech. You can listen on your iPhone or create audio files for use on other devices. Have Write & Say read your texts, emails, posts, news, documents, etc. Change voice timbre, speed and tone. Plus, with this distraction-free text editor, you can save your documents in plain text, HTML and Markdown formats. Preview your documents in a embedded web view.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Knowtilus
Download: iTunes

iA Writer

iA Writer for iPhone comes with a keyboard extension that lets you navigate left and right and offers convenient direct access to punctuation. There are no settings to speak of, but the app is so intuitive you’ll likely find you don’t need any. iA Writer also comes with iCloud and Dropbox integration.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Information Architects Inc.
Download: iTunes

Nebulous Notes

Nebulous Notes is a text editor for note-takers, writers and coders, with all notes backed up and available from Dropbox. Open and edit all plain-text files (.txt, .md, .c, etc.), preview files in HTML and Markdown, add frequently used keys to a toolbar (like { } [ ] = %, etc.), utilize a PIN for added security, search for text within a document, customize your theme and more with Nebulous Notes.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Nuclear Elements
Download: iTunes

Arrow Note

Arrow Note aims to simply the process of moving through text. The select, cut and copy commands have been added to the toolbar to eliminate the regular iPhone navigation method of pressing and holding on top of the text. For those who place a premium on ease of navigation while writing and typing, Arrow Note is an interesting option, plus it’s free; however, the in-app advertising is a drawback.

Price: Free
Developer: Words Vehicle Inc.
Download: iTunes

TextCrafter

Experience a streamlined editing interface with shortcuts to common features and an emphasis on social networking. You can swipe left or right to precisely move the text cursor; adjust font size; and make use of undo/redo buttons. The app also features a text length count, character count, word count and SMS count. Post updates to Facebook and Twitter, choose from hundreds of special characters and symbols to include in your text, and store small snippets of text to reuse later at any time. Cloud syncing and Markdown are supported.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Mysk
Download: iTunes

Brevity

With Brevity, the focus is on, well, just that. Write entire words with just a few letters, thanks to built-in word lists containing thousands of words for 10 different languages. Auto-expansion means any words not contained in the word lists are automatically added as you type and any capitalization is remembered. Additionally, enjoy dynamic sorting, email support and text copy capabilities.

Price: $0.99
Developer: UnderWare LLC
Download: iTunes

Cool Writer HD

Cool Writer is an app for taking notes, writing and editing text, converting docs to PDF and image files, and opening and printing images, PDF files, Office documents and iWorks documents. It has five built-in keyboards, including a special characters keyboard and a shortcut keyboard, plus you can make, add and remove keyboards, or even make your own. Enjoy Dropbox syncing and iCloud support as well.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Cool Rabbits
Download: iTunes

WriteRoom

WriteRoom is a distraction-free writing environment with Dropbox-synced folders, customizable fonts and colors, word count display, an extended keyboard row, search function, TextExpander support, iTunes document sharing, full-screen mode, startup passcode, link detection and more. Heads up: WriteRoom for iOS only works with plain text formats.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Hog Bay Software
Download: iTunes

Doc²

Doc² lets you create and edit Word 97-2010 (.doc & .docx) format files on your iPhone. It supports character and paragraph formatting, including tables, images, auto-correction, auto-completion, copy/paste and undo/redo. Doc² works with Google Docs and Dropbox and features customizable fonts, paragraph formatting (including alignment, spacing, margins, indenting, bullets, numbering), and support for tables, inline images, shapes, floating text boxes, footnotes, endnotes and multicolumn text.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Byte Squared
Download: iTunes

Byword

With Byword you can write in Markdown on your iPhone and have your documents seamlessly synced between all your Apple devices using iCloud or Dropbox. The keyboard conveniently includes selective word and character counters, a tab key, smart pairing characters, an undo key, text navigation in all directions and Markdown helpers for creating headers, links and images. The Copy HTML feature is nice, too, for pasting text directly into your blogging platform.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Metaclassy
Download: iTunes

Drafts

Drafts opens directly to a blank screen ready for a draft. You can use the app to type a status update, tap on the Twitter account action and post your message to Twitter. Or, save text and come back to it later. You can also use Drafts in a similar way for emails — plus you can send styled HTML email, using Markdown syntax. The ability to search inside the app to find the draft you’re looking for is also handy. Terminology and TextExpander are both supported, and the app exports via Dropbox.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Agile Tortoise
Download: iTunes

Notely

In addition to the abilities to create, view and edit text, Notely features an endless folder hierarchy, the capability to move notes and folders, automatic sync with Dropbox, multiple file types, Markdown support, an extended keyboard with customizable keys and arrows to move back and forth between words and letters, plus the option to send notes to Omnifocus as new tasks, and a slew of customization options and other convenient features.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Patrick Otten
Download: iTunes

Free Writing

Free writing is an ultra-minimalistic text editor with a sleek keyboard, and none of the following: menus, page layouts, formatting, complicated organization or corrections. Best of all, it’s free and has no ads. If you’re in need of a truly distraction-free writing environment on your phone, this is a great option. However, if you need a few more bells and whistles, you can upgrade from Free Writing to Freewriter, which is the next app on this list.

Price: Free
Developer: psyos
Download: iTunes

Freewriter

Freewriter is a distraction-free text editor that aims to let you focus on what you need to do — write. The app does allow you to set your own typography preferences — color scheme and font. Additional features include multiple manuscripts and direct access to plain text files via iTunes. You may think the price is a little steep for an app whose whole objective is to cut back on all the add-ons, but take a look. You may be surprised at how well it does so little.

Price: $4.99
Developer: psyos
Download: iTunes

PocketText

PocketText lets the user create, edit and view text files, add text files via iTunes, support text files with .txt and other extensions, categorize text files with folders and subfolders, color-code folders, search for files and folders with filtering, view general info of the file (time create, time modified, etc.) and more.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Khomsan Phongphisansakun
Download: iTunes

Buffer Editor

Designed especially for developers, Buffer Editor includes Dropbox integration, support for coding in Vim (supports chained commands), syntax highlighting (select from several themes, including Solarized), search and replace function, Unicode support, and configure options such as auto-indent, expand tab, tab spacing and more. And if you don’t need the Vim mode, you don’t have to use it!

Price: $3.99
Developer: Upstart Illustration
Download: iTunes

WriteUp

Write articles, blog posts or other compositions in rich text using Markdown, plus conveniently preview it using WriteUp. You can also easily send your writings as emails or save them to folders, which you can then access, organize and sync with Dropbox in-app. Themes allow you to write with a color scheme of your choice, such as the Solarized theme, which provides a low-contrast writing canvas.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Prasanna Gopalakrishnan
Download: iTunes

Tiny Editor

TinyEditor, with iCloud integration, is a rich text editor that can support styles such as bold, italic, underline, text alignment, highlight, bullets and numbers. You can insert images right into the text from your camera or photo library and the images will be saved in the document.

Price: Free
Developer: TapOne Technology Inc.
Download: iTunes

Scribe

Scribe makes adding HTML markup easy via iOS’ built-in cut and paste menu to provide common markup options; or you can use Markdown syntax instead. Users are afforded local file storage with iCloud and Dropbox support; TextExpander support; the ability to export via email; display of word count, character count and line count; gesture-based undo and redo options and more.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Charles Starrett
Download: iTunes

Writing Kit

Writing Kit is an advanced Markdown text editor that combines with some incredible researching tools. With this app, you can link to Dropbox; write Markdown text; use TextExpander; and export writings to Evernote, Facebook, Posterous, Tumblr and Twitter. You can also use the power of 1,300-plus site-specific search engines to find the info you need. Enable ad-blocking and text-only mode to enjoy distraction-free writing. Access your bookmarks on Delicious, Pinboard and Zootool. Browse Instapaper items; send content to Omnifocus, Things and The Hit List.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Quang Anh Do
Download: iTunes

Write 2

Write 2 syncs with Dropbox, so accessing, storing, saving and organizing files is a cinch. Make use of TextExpander; type and read on a clean screen; send your writings via email and PDF attachment or print them wirelessly; download, edit and back up plain text and Markdown files; safeguard files with a PIN; view the words and characters count display; customize font types and sizes; use international keyboard symbols; and more.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Daniel V.W
Download: iTunes

Werdsmith

Werdsmith turns your iPhone into a portable writing studio, allowing you to write any time in any place. Get down a first draft and then organize your writing, get feedback, set goals and track your progress along the way.

Price: Free
Developer: Nathan Tessler
Download: iTunes

Notesy for Dropbox

Notesy is a file editor that works with Dropbox, but also works well even when you’re offline — either way you can create, edit, rename and delete files. Your text will be synced to and from your Dropbox automatically, the next time you have a connection. Notes are stored as plain test files so they can be used across a number of programs. TextExpander and VoiceOver are supported.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Giant Yak Software LLC
Download: iTunes

Pages

Apple’s Pages is a sleek mobile word processor that works with iCloud. Users can choose from 16 Apple-designed templates and styles to create letters, reports, flyers, cards, and posters. The customization options are numerous — give your document the colors, fonts and textures you want. You also have the ability to view and edit Pages ’09, Microsoft Word and plain text files (easily import files from mail, the web, iTunes or a WebDAV service. The list of features goes on and on.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Apple
Download: iTunes

NoteMaster

Use NoteMaster to quickly create notes containing text, images, lists and headers. Images can be inserted right into the note, or drawings can be drawn in with your finger. Or, use your finger to draw over an existing image. Lists can be easily added — bulleted, numbered and checkbox types are supported. Customize your backgrounds and fonts; keep your notes organized with categories; protect your information with password protection; find notes using full-text search. NoteMaster syncs with Google Docs, and you can import and export a variety of formats, including .doc, .rtf, .html, .odt, and .txt.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Kabuki Vision
Download: iTunes

TextForce

TextForce works with Dropbox, has an intuitive interface, supports search and replace, displays character count, supports TextExpander, supports character encoding, allows you to view and edit or sync automatically when you’re online and to continue working even when you’re offline. The bookmark and history functions make file retrieval simple.

Price: $3.99
Developer: yyutaka
Download: iTunes

Compositions

Compositions is a Dropbox-enabled text editor with a minimalist interface and custom file format. The Snapshot feature allows you to freeze versions of your document so you can revert to them if you ever have the need. There’s also a setting called Automatic Conflict Resolution which you can enable to have the app default to the last modified time, automatically resolving any syncing issues. TextExpander is supported; documents are sortable; there’s a full-screen mode; and you can customize the way the text is displayed for more pleasant reading and writing.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Capparsa
Download: iTunes

FastEver

FastEver is a text editor app that works with Evernote. You can start typing as soon as you open the app, which supports Notebook and Tags, Geolocation tagging, Bluetooth keyboards, and TextExpander. Your notes are stored in queue when you’re offline. You can insert checkboxes and timestamps and change your font size as well.

Price: $1.99
Developer: rakko entertainment
Download: iTunes

MarkdownMail

MarkdownMail lets you compose and send HTML emails from your iPhone. Using Markdown syntax, you’ll be able to draft emails with bold text, italics, bulleted lists and more. You can save templates of your most frequently sent messages, insert different email signatures at the bottom of your messages, preview your message before sending it, and even email Markdown-formatted text to your Tumblr or Posterous page. TextExpander is supported.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Second Gear
Download: iTunes

Note & Share

Send notes to multiple places and sites, including Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Tumblr, Dropbox, Google Docs, Posterous, Plurk, SMS, email, clipboard and local notes. Everything automatically syncs with Dropbox and file names are automatically set to the first line of your note for easy reference. TextExpander is supported, as is Markdown for email, Evernote and Google Docs.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Ignition Soft
Download: iTunes

Notebook

Notebook features Dropbox sync and “Collections” to keep you organized. Access your notes quickly and share them with all your iOS devices or friends via standard text files (.txt) in Dropbox’s public folder. Users have the option of setting a passcode for the app. Additional features in Notebook include bulleted lists, automatic data detection (automatic links for phone numbers, websites, etc.), a wide variety of fonts and sizes, and support for ToDo and TextExpander.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Appigo
Download: iTunes

Notebooks

Notebooks stores and displays almost any document you want to carry with you: text and HTML, PDF documents, MS Office or iWork documents, web pages, photos, videos, music and even your Palm memos. You can also keep your task lists in Notebooks and tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects to make them easier to manage. When a task reaches its due date, Notebooks plays an optional acoustic alert and displays a notification to keep you on top of things.

Price: $5.99
Developer: Alfons Schmid
Download: iTunes

Paragraft

Edit your documents using plain text with Markdown for creating headings, bold and italic text, bulleted lists, numbered lists and horizontal lines. Preview stylings with a quick touch and then share your rich text documents by email, PDF or print. Use tags to organize your documents, or search by name or by contents. Additionally, you can adjust fonts, import plain text from other apps (such as mail or Dropbox) and more.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Matthew Elton
Download: iTunes

Pop for iOS

Pop aims to be convenient and simple. There’s less of an emphasis on organization as with other apps in its genre, because you see, “copy all” and “read” are Pop’s only features. This was intended to make it easy to use your words or read uninterrupted, and to demand excellence from the user — the idea is that the effort of having to copy and paste your way out of the app encourages quality and focus.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Colin McFarland
Download: iTunes

Simplenote

Use Simplenote to keep notes, lists, ideas and whatever else you can think of. Then you can use tags, pins, versions and sharing. All your notes automatically synchronize with your computer and all your devices. You will need a Simplenote account, which allows your notes to sync with your machine. This free version of Simplenote includes an ad at the top of your note list. If you like Simplenote, but don’t like ads, you can subscribe to Simplenote Premium.

Price: Free
Developer: Codality
Download: iTunes

JotAgent

JotAgent launches quickly and immediately brings you to a blank page so that you can begin writing. When you finish, you can send the note to Dropbox or Evernote with a single tap. If you’re offline, your note will be queued for the next time a connection becomes available. There’s a distraction-free writing mode when you turn the iPhone in the landscape orientation; TextExpander is supported; and JotAgent also includes a built-in browser for quick reference.

Developer: Francisco Cantu
Download: iTunes

TextEdit Genius

TextEdit Genius offers a whole lot as a text editor and web browser combined. With this app you can edit plain text docs and save them to iCloud, FTP and Google Docs; you can also sync to your Mac or Windows from iTunes. Scan docs, research subjects, surf the web and take notes without having to switch apps. Of course, all your text files can be emailed or sent via SMS. Also, enjoy autosave, file history, color scheme options, 40 levels of undo per file buffer, the ability to design and preview your HTML pages in-app, options for low-light and bright light conditions, and more.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Artwerkz
Download: iTunes

N+OTES

N+OTES exhibits a simple design that’s easy to use for creating and editing plain text. You can make your own folders to store notes in, search for folders or notes, sort them according to date or alphabetically, and import or export them through email.

Price: Free
Developer: RIEU Limited
Download: iTunes

Pen and Paper

Not only can you type notes in Pen and Paper, you can draw diagrams and other notes with your finger, plus double tap to easily add text anywhere, utilize geometric primitives, arrows, photos and more. Share your notes by emailing them as PDFs, or save your notes with Dropbox integration.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Vivid Apps
Download: iTunes

Underscore Notify

Launch Notify and immediately start jotting down a reminder, write an essay, draw a diagram, type a bulleted list, build up a mood board, scribble directions on a map, or read and annotate a lengthy document. Notify easily imports an extensive range of formats (including PDF, Word, Excel and Powerpoint and many more) either directly from an email or from files stored on cloud servers such as Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, Evernote, iDisk, FTP or WebDAV.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Underscore AB
Download: iTunes

Gusto Mobile

Gusto Mobile is an integrated FTP/SFTP client and code editor for web development. Features include syntax highlighting for all major languages, line numbering, hard and soft line breaks, mono-spaced font, toolbar for frequently used keys, one-button document publishing, remote site preview and more.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Horse and the Rook
Download: iTunes

Trunk Notes

Trunk Notes lets you create notes, format notes and link notes together, with it all synced to Dropbox. You can use the app to keep simple notes, or take advantage of its more advanced features to create your own personal wiki with dynamic content, images, sound recordings and more. You can search for notes by title or body text, add formatting to your notes using Markdown, and more.

Price: $3.99
Developer: Apps On the Move
Download: iTunes

Pinyin Typist

One-fifth of the world’s population speaks some variety of Chinese as their native language. If you’re in that category, or even if you’re learning the language, this app’s for you. With Pinyin Typist you can quickly and easily type real pinyin text with tone marks to write down anything you hear or want to say in Mandarin.

Price: $2.99
Developer: TroubadourWorks
Download: iTunes

My Writing Spot

My Writing Spot is designed for doing long-form writing on your iPhone. Since working on a lengthy writing project from multiple computers is a hassle, My Writing Spot aims to makes it easy. You can write in portrait or landscape mode, view word and character count, enjoy autosaving, utilize the dictionary and thesaurus features, email documents and more. It works well as a standalone app, but really shines when coupled with the excellent free web app of the same name, keeping your documents in synch painlessly.

Price: $2.99
Developer: PT Software Solutions
Download: iTunes

Writing

Writing app features a simple interface and allows for customizable fonts, font sizes, font color and background color. You can see your live words, characters and rows count, and enjoy smart character and word movements with the keyboard extension. The app will auto-save as you type, plus you can send your text to yourself or others via email (as a text attachment).

Price: $1.99
Developer: ktpd
Download: iTunes

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