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"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 2D and 3D physics engines 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
• Air Code: code live from your PC using WiFi
• Much, much more


• Join the forums at 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

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

OS >= 9.3


Allgemein (08.12.14 - 21:21)
Yeah I agree with the last commenter, I think this needs to be universal now. like many other apps, now there is a 6 plus screen size option which is not far from the iPad mini screen size. Before there was less of a point to make apps like this one for iPhone because the screen was too small for this kind of work. Nowadays I only want to carry around a 6 plus instead of an iPhone and an iPad. This goes double for apps like auria and tabletop.... now I think iPad apps are actually more than likely usable on an iPhone 6 plus screen, not to mention the spec boost from when those apps (and this one) were released. Tabletop and Auria would run at least 4-8 times better on a 6 plus than an iPad 2 or 3. So iPad devs please start to consider this in future releases.

I will buy this app if it goes universal.
stress assassin
Allgemein (24.03.14 - 21:19)
Would absolutely shell out cash for this on my phone. C'maaaaan...hook us up with a iphone version and you can take my money.

I have 2 ideas that I've wanted to design & that I've always been after. This could be my chance to do it. I don't own an iPad...but I'd love to be the owner of this app.
Allgemein (03.02.14 - 15:22)
This needs to go on sale....
arsenal rule
Allgemein (09.10.13 - 20:47)
C'mon guys, if u want this program then just buy it. Everyone stop saying there waiting for price drop. It's not 30 or 40 pound guys.
Allgemein (28.08.13 - 20:28)
Make it USD0.99 or free for a limited time. And make it universal. After that, you will be "app of the year"! No doubt!
Allgemein (31.07.13 - 10:06)
Waited for so long and still no promotion for this app.
Allgemein (25.07.13 - 09:01)
Allgemein (25.07.12 - 08:20)
This really a great app, you can produce one full and delicate game without a computer at all!
Allgemein (09.07.12 - 08:51)
Waiting for a discount.
Allgemein (25.04.12 - 15:06)
It sounds like a really cool idea and now with the library being available for Xcode on GitHub (Google "Codea-Runtime") it's now actually useful. The only major problem now is the lack of a "Lite" version so you can try it before you buy it; $9.99 might be an OK price point but not without being able to test it out first.
Dwarf Vader
(24.06.12 - 20:19)
I'd like a lite version first too, but hey, we can always watch YouTube hands-on or something :P
Allgemein (17.03.12 - 06:52)
Wonderful! The best Lua coder yet, and it's only been out for half a year. It's even going 3D! And the update are constant. On the forums, you question will be answered with in 1 hour. Amazing. Your iPad is nearly worthless without it. Don't wait any longer. You don't even need any programming skills either!
(02.09.12 - 16:32)
So how do you program it if you do not need any programming skills?
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What's new in this version?

Check below to see if your favorite bug has been fixed

• Craft project templates now add your project name to the top of the file. How else would you know which project you were editing? You wouldn't, that's how.

• The dark editor theme background color got messed up. You sent many complaints. We fixed it so your eyes can rest easy

• Importing projects crashed Codea. Due to careless last-minute feature adding. Was it us? Who knows, maybe

• Fixes the search results randomly dismissing in the full screen reference view. Man that was annoying

• The search keyboard in the in-project documentation now matches the selected editor theme. Yay, consistency

• Air Code was crashy. Especially with physics code. It's less crashy now. Especially with physics code

• Air Code works with your craft projects

• repeat ... until loops now indent correctly. Someone reported this. You know who you are

• The code editor should be faster to catch up to your code for indentation and autocomplete

• When duplicating a project that used a non-square icon image the image would bleed past the edges of the view. Not anymore. We put a stop to that

• When duplicating a project we showed the project template selector. Why? Who knows. We shouldn't have. Now we don't

• Codea will no longer export the "Inbox" folder when exporting all projects

• Craft didn't run on 32-bit devices. It does now and we are sooo sorry. Not really that sorry, I mean bugs happen sometimes. Don't hold us accountable*. It's fixed now anyway stop complaining

• Changed the default constructor for quat to (1,0,0,0) and its toString() prints (w,x,y,z) instead of (x,y,z,w). If you know what this means then please tell us.

• Added normalize(), normalized(), len(), lenSqr() and conjugate() methods to quat. Bet you didn't see that coming.

* You should probably hold us accountable for bugs

Release Date: 1/1/0001
Developer: Two Lives Left
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Category: Productivity
Version: 2.5.1
Size: 132 MB
Rated: 4+
Rating (Overall): 5
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