What's New

It's been a while since the last update, but there's plenty more to come!

We've added support for the iPad Pro. Coding on your iPad has never been more incredible.

This update also focuses on iOS 9 improvements.


- Spotlight search support. Your projects will show up in Spotlight and you can tap them to go straight to editing.
- Ability to export a plain zipped project archive
- Improved error messages with stack trace
- Support for OpenGL ES 3.0
- Mesh instances: efficient rendering of multiple meshes
- Support for settable voices and language in speech API
- Matrix attributes (mat4) supported in shaders
- Matrix uniform arrays supported in shaders


- Revamped Xcode export with support for Xcode 7 and Bitcode
- Better support for iOS 9 features, such as two-finger caret dragging
- Support for iOS 9 bluetooth keyboard shortcut hints (hold the command key when using an external keyboard)
- Disables the default iOS 9 input assistant bar


- Fixes matrix * vec4 bug
- Fixes incorrect initial camera orientation under iOS 9
- Allows saveText() to delete assets when passing nil
- Fixes possible crashes when using bad parameters with camera()
- Fixed bug in Cargo-Bot example (requires example project restore)
- Code editor optimisations

App Description

"It’s kind of like the Garage Band of coding." – Wired

"Codea for iPad is a super slick way to write and run programs on your iPad." – Gizmodo

Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

We think Codea is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codea is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codea is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad.

Here's how you use it: type your code. Press play to watch it run. Interact with it. Get creative.


• A fully featured 2D and 3D renderer
• Lots of great example projects to learn from, including games
• Touch your code: tap colors, images and sounds to adjust them
• Export your finished projects to Xcode to produce real apps
• Complete in-line reference documentation accessible from keyboard
• Intelligent syntax highlighting and auto-completing code editor
• Import your own assets from Dropbox
• Full physics engine for complex motion
• Add parameters so you can tweak variables at runtime
• Interact with accelerometer and multi-touch on your device
• Generate retro-game sound effects
• GLSL Shader Language support with live shader editor
• Bluetooth keyboard support and keyboard shortcuts
• Video recording: Record videos of your projects and share them
• Air Code: code live from your PC using WiFi
• Much, much more


• Join the forums at http://codea.io/talk to ask questions, share ideas and get help when you need it

• If you would like to help translate Codea into your language please join the translation effort at http://translate.twolivesleft.com

• If you need help or wish to get in contact with us, please use the support link on this page

iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • April 24, 2012 Initial release
  • May 26, 2012 New version 1.4
  • June 23, 2012 New version 1.4.1
  • July 25, 2012 New version 1.4.3
  • August 16, 2012 New version 1.4.4
  • September 02, 2012 New version 1.4.5
  • September 21, 2012 New version 1.4.6
  • February 16, 2013 New version 1.5
  • February 16, 2013 Price decrease: $9.99 -> $4.99
  • February 18, 2013 Price increase: $4.99 -> $9.99
  • March 02, 2013 New version 1.5.1
  • April 20, 2013 New version 1.5.2
  • June 30, 2013 New version 1.5.3
  • July 15, 2013 New version 1.5.4
  • September 10, 2013 New version 1.5.5
  • March 31, 2014 New version 2.0
  • December 08, 2014 New version 2.1
  • February 03, 2015 New version 2.1.1
  • February 26, 2015 New version 2.2
  • March 17, 2015 Price increase: $9.99 -> $14.99
  • March 21, 2015 New version 2.3
  • April 27, 2015 New version 2.3.1
  • December 05, 2015 New version 2.3.2

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