Developer: Hog Bay Software

Current Version: 3.2.1

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 1.5 MB - Download


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


Release Notes:

* 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


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.2.1
Review by Erik Eckel

Outstanding Authoring Software - I've authored numerous books, hundreds of articles and numerous other essays and pieces. I began writing using a Smith & Corona, graduated to Enable on DOS and worked my way to Word on Mac and Windows. While WriteRoom isn't perfect for all projects, it is by far my favorite authoring program. You can't beat the elegance of its simplicity. When you want to write, and eliminate distractions and truly focus on the words and content you're creating, WriteRoom is ideal. I highly recommend the tool.

Found helpful by 21 out of 23 people
Version 3.2.1
Review by s8junkie

Crashes constantly - Half-way through two pages, the app crashes. Then it can't open its own docs. Frustrated would be an undestatment.

Found helpful by 16 out of 31 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.2.1
Review by AvengerPod

Broken on Retina MacBook Pro - On the Retina MBP, when you hit the bottom of the screen it jumps up and down as you type, making it basically unusable. Don't buy this apparently abandoned program until the bugs (many noted by other reviewers) are fixed (which will probably never happen!)

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 3.2.1
Review by Tricolorkittie

This app needs some serious updating - I really like this app but its become buggy and crashes way to often. It feels as if the author has all but abandoned it. Don’t spend your money here until they come out with an update to fix these issues.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 3.2.1
Review by rsnemmen

Great distraction-free text editor - I tested 3 "distraction-free" text editors so far: focus writer, writeroom and ommwriter. Writeroom has the best balance between ease of use and "no need to tweak to much". Just open it and start typing, no need to tweak the settings like the other programs. It has a real full screen mode unlike the other programs. In particular, I like the default font size/style/background. Many theme options.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 3.2.1
Review by 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.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 3.2.1
Review by 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.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people