Codea 2.6.1 for iPad

Productivity App on iOS

Published by Two Lives Left

Editors' Words: Creative Coding. "It’s kind of like the Garage Band of coding." – Wired "Codea for iPad is a super slick way to w ... Read More > or Install Now >

Codea App / Specifications

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Tech Specs

  • • Price: $14.99
  • • In-app purchases: None
  • • Content rating: Rated 4+
  • • Requires: iOS 10.3 or later
  • • Device compatibility: iPad

User Reviews

  • aggregateRating
  • • Rating average
  • 4.6 out of 5
  • • Rating users
  • 790

Download Count

  • • Total downloads
  • 1172
  • • Current version downloads
  • 0
  • • Updated: November 21, 2018
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Codea / 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 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

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Codea / Changelog / What's New in v2.6.1

  1. This version of Codea has new autosave and document handling
  2. Codea projects can be edited in external editors (e.g., Working Copy) while open in the Codea editor
  3. Autosave no longer aggressively writes out projects at regular intervals, only changes
  4. Camera example updated with depth sensing for those of you lucky enough to have new devices
  5. Fixes
  6. Tint color over-multiplying when used with image-based-sprites rendered with setContext
  7. Undo and redo improvements in the code editor
  8. supportedOrienatations deprecated
  9. Search in reference issues resolved
  10. Duplicate Material packs showing in the asset picker on each project run
  11. Crash in asset picker when showing a blend file with no geometry
  12. Crash when saving images in viewer
  13. Sound playback preventing microphone API from functioning
  14. Music playback being stopped when Codea starts

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