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The amazing 4th edition of GoodReader® app is a universal app for all your iOS devices.

This version is a further step in development of our original groundbreaking, best-in-class GoodReader app. If you're a user of the old GoodReader app, we welcome you to upgrade to this 4th edition of GoodReader. If you're a new customer, we invite you to join the world of convenience and professionalism, already enjoyed by millions.

GoodReader is the super-robust PDF reader app that Mashable describes as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” Millions of users and reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPad or iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: documents, books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. Soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to go mobile without GoodReader.

Some GoodReader features, like signing PDF documents with just three taps, are so convenient that people use them even when their laptop or desktop computer is around.

GoodReader earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. Its refined file manager lets you manage local files and email attachments on your iPhone/iPad allowing you to work from anywhere.
The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. You can also easily sign any PDF document with our app.

All the excellent features of the original GoodReader app are here:

+ the best PDF reading engine!
+ read, edit, and sign PDF documents
+ PDF annotations simply done - highlight & markup text text boxes, callout comments ("sticky notes"), freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, etc.
+ view MS Office, TXT, HTML
+ access servers & easily transfer files - access to a wide range of servers to easily store your data: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP
+ Auto Sync with remote servers
+ easily maintain huge collections of files
+ copy, move, rename, zip, unzip and unRAR files and folders
+ users of the old GoodReader app will appreciate our well-crafted Migration Assistant which makes the transition to this new app a breeze. All your files and setting from the old app will be transferred with a click of a button
+ new users will appreciate the ease of use and tremendous file-handling capabilities
Newest features added:
+ securely sign PDF documents with just three taps
+ PDF Page Management - add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages, split and merge files
+ True Auto Sync - background and scheduled execution
+ opening files from iCloud containers of other apps
+ Touch ID support
+ Text-to-speech feature will read PDF and TXT files for you, player-like audio controls and an impressive choice of languages
+ Bluetooth foot pedals support for turning PDF pages - a dream feature for live-performing musicians

... plus much more to come in the future to meet your ever-changing needs!

GoodReader App Description & Overview

The applications GoodReader was published in the category Productivity on 2014-05-07 and was developed by Good.iWare, Inc.. The file size is 62.00 MB. The current version is 4.13.0 and works well on 8.0 and high ios versions.

While we're finishing our huge GoodReader 5 upgrade, here's an urgent mini-update to resolve connectivity issues some are having with Google Drive and Dropbox. Stay tuned for the free major upgrade that is to follow soon!

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GoodReader Reviews

Ko Ko Naing

Make me disappoint  Ko Ko Naing  3 star

I am a faithful user of GoodReader. Since from 3 months, I noticed every pictures were missing whenever I open my PDF files especially large size ones. I tried closing app, restarting my iPad Pro, it didn’t work. Now I have to use another app for reading these files. If you can’t resolve this problems, you have to refund. I send some screenshots. Please respond ASAP.


OneDrive sync fails  paa123  2 star

Version 4.13 fails to sync with one drive anymore. Can’t submit a support ticket on their webpage either.


Use for music  thill94703  4 star

I use GoodReader to store sheet music for a trad jazz band and it is a wonderful replacement for the pounds of sheet music I used to carry around. I now use it on a 12.9 iPad and can easily see two pages at once. It’s great for pdf copies and would be even better if there were a way to transpose with it, but I leave that for the higher price spread.

Arm mike

Not compatible with ONEDRIVE  Arm mike  1 star

Purchased App to access ONEDRIVE library of PDF books. It is incompatible at this time with support saying they are working on it. Seemingly slow response from tech support. I have asked for older version to use until updated and working with ONEDRIVE which was my sole reason for purchase. The workaround was glitchy and locks up GR. Waiting for solution?.......


Does not work with OneDrive  Kikoplavdd  1 star

GoodReader has not worked with OneDrive for a week now.

Anne HW

What happened?!!!  Anne HW  1 star

I have the latest version and suddenly all of my files are gone!


Update?  Chris31390  5 star

It’s been 11 months, no update? I have been waiting since the last update for something to fix how laggy the app is on my phone. Considering the amount of money I paid for this app (and twice no less, because for some reason a major update cost money which Apple should have had something to say about but didn’t) I am very, very disappointed that it has basically been abandoned. If the new “major” update yet again costs money I will not be purchasing.


Need updating for Apple Pencil  scotttheplumber  3 star

I have used this app for years and it works well. However, it’s needs to be updated to work with Apple Pencil. Allow note taking on the screen without wrist interference. This single feature would add so much and bring GoodReader into the 2019.


Excellent document reader  david_kreisberg  5 star

I’ve users this app for years on iPhones and iPad and have been very satisfied. I especially like the flexibility it has for accessing files (locally, Dropbox, etc.) and organizing them within the app. It excels with PDFs, but also seems to handle lots of other files well. The interface is a little more complicated that I like, but I suspect that it is to accommodate advanced features that I don’t use. All in all, worth the money and an app I use all the time.

Christophe flying

Keeps crashing  Christophe flying  1 star

The migration from vers3 went well but it now keeps crashing.


Good Reader  gurgle7  5 star

Love it but don't see where to print the pages


Not recommended. Company dead. Getting last money.  MesmerX  1 star

How can one recommend company which abandoned its product 2 years ago. And whose main motivation for existence for sake of making money. Go elsewhere.


GoodReader is like what Apple Files should be  enzyme69  4 star

I have been a big user of GoodReader for years. Great app to store and manage files while keeping downloads etc inside the apps. It allows syncs to multiple cloud services and passing documents into other app. It also has unzip feature and method to view some docs. It has not received much update however. It sometimes has the UI overlapping on iPhone X and also crashing when saving MP4 into Photos. It can be improved further.


Outdated but still ok  Benjamin2856  3 star

It’s a good app but it certainly feels abandoned. It looks outdated, it’s iPad interface feels like an afterthought (eg: settings taking up only a small part of the screen) and doesn’t even have intergration with the Files app on iOS 11 +. However it is still a good app. All other essential functionality is there and i would highly recommend it as their are not many other alternatives and it is free. I just wished the developer would address these issues as it would not be hard to make it an excellent app, even if it meant charging $5-$10 for an updated version.


Great app  rdrogs  5 star

I don't buy books any more, I just get pdf's and use Good Reader. Easy to use and file transfer is a breeze.


App not for ios12  Retsu88  2 star

I’ve used Goodreader for 5 years and always found it to be very good. However since I updated my ipad pro to ios 12 when I select a file or try to go back to the menu from a pdf I’m reading the app freezes for 20-30 secs. Searching is also very slow. I contacted support and tried everything they suggested to no benefit. My ipad mini goodreader was also working fine until I updated it to ios 12 then exactly the same problems. It’s useable but clunky under ios 12.


A good friend  Soulshoe  5 star

Just excellent. It reads and plays almost everything and I have used if for years. Sometimes I try ‘fancy’ new apps but always return to my flexible friend.


Excellent  SheerSpirit  5 star

Excellent app for reading and annotating


Lost data  Colcoward  1 star

I have just paid, and upgraded to the new app only to find my old files have not transferred. I am unable to access the old data that goes back to 2010. I am shocked and scared by the lack of professionalism towards client data. This is a thunderbolt warning to store your data (at home) or with a company you feel will be around in 10 years. Evernote app is much better but I worry about that now too.


Migration & loss of Files & Folders  123123e  2 star

In being forced to upgrade IOS, we needed to purchase new version which in the process of upgrading, lost all of my saved files & folders!


Great App, I’ve being using it for years!!!  DDR717  5 star

In my humble opinion, the best out there, as a graduate student I do all my reading thorough this app. To the developer, could you please consider these two upgrades: 1. Copy and Paste of notes, either in writing or typing, between different documents. Very useful for readers like me that do many readings at the same time. 2. A way to sync documents between different devices (in my case I have three iPads) so that the files keep updated between devices. It is kind of tedious to send files back & forward between devices. Other than that, I would give this app 7 stars if I could...excellent for academic research, you can go through college almost paperless thank to it... 👍🏻👍🏻


Disappointing upgrade  Schreibs1  1 star

1. I had to purchase this app for the second time. 2. I could not transfer my files from the old version. 3. I can no longer access all of my hundreds of files on the old app.


Potential to be a good app  [email protected]  4 star

I like this app The one thing or maybe 2 or 3 or so things that I don’t like are; A. I can’t just sync my laptop to this app. This is in reference to my Word DOC’s and my PDF’s for my sheet music. I have to go to a url and upload the music one song at a time. B. I can’t select all or several to upload. This is a real pain in the butt when I have over 400 songs to upload from my laptop to this app. One at a time! C. The stuff that I upload to my iPhone does not auto populate to my iPad Pro. I have to upload 400 songs to one device 1 song at a time, then the other device 1 song at a time. Very tedious! D. I don’t like the fact that I can’t edit the document from within the App. And save the changes. I have to edit it on my laptop then go to that url in my browser and upload the entire Doc again with the changes. It’s ridiculous. So this app is not real functional. It could be though.

Blue Pine

wonderful so far!  Blue Pine  5 star

I haven't explored this app very well yet, but so far, so good! I'm excited to explore further!


Exactly what I needed to manage cross stitch patterns.  colleeb  5 star

Love this product. Great flexibility yet easy to use. Very good how-to instructions for everything. I can highlight cells I need to return to later, hideaways a box around the area of the pattern I’m working to keep my eyes focused, and much more. Highly recommend it to anyone working with PDF files on iPad.


Critical bug  Axilleast  1 star

Long time user, going back at least 4 generations likely more if I remember which iPad I initially bought this for...I can’t recall. Anyway, the point is - just about the entire time I’d have given 5 stars because it’s a basic, intuitive, and “plays well” within the restrictive iOS playground. However, I’m currently only able to input data to good reader and only use it there. Aside from a few instances where other 3rd party apps allow a file to be opened within GR - all other output streams fail EVERY TIME. Save to files, camera roll, books...anything fundamental in routing (ie. Directly to apples core apps) returns an error and closes the app “unexpectedly”. Not sure what’s happening with the testing that something like this could be overlooked but the developers need to tackle that sooner rather than later before I jump ship and find another approach to pdf, photo, in/out flow.... Hardware: IPhone Xs 12.1


This app is far better than ANY other for:  E.j.Teegarden  5 star



The BEST reading App!!  Stonething  5 star

I’d looked for years for a good app to read, annotate and share documents with. I was always frustrated that I was unable to mark them up and retrieve them easily. With Goodreader’s intuitive interface, connection to storage like iCloud, it’s the perfect app for your document reading.


Essential  PerfecTomMy  5 star

This is my everyday go-to document reader. For me it is indispensable.


Awesome!  Dazinner  5 star

This app can be described in two words: absolutely awesome! It never fails to amaze me with its capabilities.


Brill  Ngeba  5 star

Great app for reading and editing PDFs. I'm using it on an iPad and really find it useful.


Great on the iPad  BungaBerlusconi  5 star

This a great app for a large screen. The poor phone is just not good for documents. One suggestion is that it does not support ePub, which I think would be a good addition

S Byrne

Brilliant!  S Byrne  5 star

Still the best app in its field. I use it for playing out my backing tracks at concerts, while reading texts simultaneously. And it's the best at inter-app, inter-device and cloud file transfers. Only additional thing I'd like it to do would be transcode WAV audio files into MP3 or other codecs. That'd be the cream on an already creamy cake! Keep up the great work!


Excellent App  Jellyqueen2  5 star

Great App


Great app  irishlad878  5 star

Great app. Works flawlessly. Just please add FLV playback support.


Not a Good Reader, just the Best Reader  Iaccapad  5 star

I could not do without it anymore, most flexible, interactive, stable reader I have tried. It would be nice to have an indexing function to better search for documents (but I might be asking for too much).


Simply Brillant  joeandfiona  5 star

Still the best there is on the iOS - have been using it for years, in particular on my iPad.


You need this app  Huckleberry555  5 star

This is not necessarily an app you may need to use everyday but when you need it is doesn't disappoint. The developer deserves full marks for such a functional app. I use it to sync files for offline use for presenting training materials and it's a fantastic tool for this. Excellent annotation tools as well. I bought the previous version and will buy the next release too. Developers as good as this should be supported.


Excellent app  Aodh12345  5 star

Easy to use. Use it a lot to store and read docs and for audio files. One of my most used apps on iPhone and iPad.


Absolutely love this app!  SoulsSong121  5 star

Full of features that add to an already beautifully professional app. Great integration and probably my most used app. It's never let me down.

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