Bear – Markdown Notes

Shiny Frog Ltd.
Last updated: 03 Nov 2023

Bear is a beautiful, powerfully simple Markdown app to capture, write, and organize your life.

Take notes, plan your day, journal thoughts, organize tables, create lists and tasks, sketch ideas, link notes together, write a book, and much more. Bear is used by writers, lawyers, chefs, CEOs, teachers, doctors, engineers, students, parents.. you get the picture. Getting started couldn’t be faster—no signup and no account. Just open a note and write naturally.

“My journaling app of choice is Bear” – Kit Eaton, New York Times

* 2017 Apple Design Award
* 2016 App Store App of the Year
* Editors’ choice for 7 consecutive years
* Most of our parents love it


– Tools stay out of your way so you can just write
– Sketch ideas on iPad with an extendable canvas and Apple Pencil (and other styli)
– Clip web pages and other content with Bear’s app extension
– The redesigned Info Panel now with Table of Contents and Backlinks
– Use Apple Watch to dictate and append to recent notes
– Support for all the scripts including RTL languages like Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian
– Easily create notes with Siri and Shortcuts
– Your notes, not ours – Bear is private at its core: We cannot see your notes, tags, or anything else


– Work in plain text – easy to move between apps
– Still use formatting like bold, italics, strikethrough, links, tables, and more with Markdown
– Combine text styles like bold and underline, even in headings
– Markdown hides for a clean reading experience
– Use WikiLinks to connect notes and build a personal wiki or knowledge management tool

## GET ORGANIZED with #tags, tasks, and more

– Add #tags, #multi-word tags# and even #multiple/nested/tags anywhere in a note for quick organization
– Pin important tags to the top of the Sidebar
– Make important tags stand out in the Sidebar with TagCons
– Add tasks to notes and easily view all notes that include tasks
– Fold sections to get them out of the way


– Export notes to plain text, Markdown, TextBundle, Bear note, and rich text
– Export notes to HTML, DocX, PDF, JPG, and ePub (Bear Pro required)
– Easily share your notes to any third-party app with the Share Sheet


– Use Spotlight to search your notes from anywhere
– Search for text inside photos and PDFs (Bear Pro required)
– Focus on specific types of notes with powerful Special Searches like @todo, @images, and @yesterday


* Pick from nearly 30 themes for the perfect writing space in both Light and Dark Mode (Bear Pro required)
* Choose an app icon that speaks to your personality (Bear Pro required)
* Set your own fonts for plain text, headings, and code
* Set line height and width, paragraph spacing, and more


One subscription enables a variety of features on all your devices and keeps the Bear hugs coming.

– Sync notes between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac via iCloud
– Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you
– Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID
– Export to more formats including HTML, DocX, PDF, JPG, and ePub
– Search for text inside images and PDFs in Bear notes
– Over 30 beautiful app themes & app icons

$2.99 monthly
$29.99 yearly
14-day free trial

Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your App Store account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. After purchase, manage your subscriptions in App Store Account Settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.

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67 MB


Productivity, Utilities


App Store

* New Single Note lock screen widget
* Better handling of drag&drop of messages from Apple Mail
* Fixed crash concerning preview generation of large image attachments
* Improved dictation for some edge cases
* Widgets localization fix
* Fixed issue with anchor encoding in links
* Importer crash fix
* Fixed crash concerning TOC
* Fixed an issue with folding and reparsed range
* JPG and PDF exporters now set the correct creation and modification date on the destination file
* Fixed issue with link preview causing invite loops or crashes
* Random Note widgets now update each time they are tapped/clicked
* Fixed the Remove Tag Shortcut action when used with subtags

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