iA Writer + Ghost

How to use Ghost and iA Writer together

Write your content with iA writer and publish directly to you Ghost publication with a sensible custom integration

iA Writer is a clean, simple and distraction-free writing app for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. It supports markdown, and syncs to iCloud and Dropbox. Plus - it integrates with Ghost, so you can publish your content with ease.

Here’s how it works:

Create a custom integration in Ghost

Within Ghost Admin, head to the integrations screen and select Add Custom Integration. Once saved, this will provide the API keys and credentials needed for the iA Writer app to connect to your Ghost site.

Add your Ghost account in iA Writer

Now that you have your custom integration setup in Ghost Admin, go to iA writer Preferences on your device and click the Accounts tab:

Copy and paste the Admin API Key and API URL from the integration you just created in Ghost Admin into the fields:

Create your content and publish draft

Once you’re finished writing, select File → Publish → New Draft on Ghost to send your completed content to your Ghost site. The new post will be automatically opened in Ghost Admin once shared.

Extra options

You’ll also find some additional formatting options within iA Writer preferences, allowing you to fine-tune how content is added to your site.

  • Default: Converts iA Writer Markdown into Ghost’s native editor, so you have the best experience of both platforms. This is the recommended setting, but if you notice any formatting inconsistencies with your specific writing, you may want to try one of the other options. Best for: Most people and most content.
  • HTML Card: Will convert iA Writer Markdown to HTML locally, then embed the raw HTML into a Ghost post. Completely consistent formatting, but the editing experience in Ghost will just be editing raw HTML. Best for: People who have complex content and want total format consistency.
  • Markdown Card: Will take iA Writer Markdown, then embed that raw Markdown into a Ghost post. The Markdown content and editing experience will be identical, but there may be slight differences in how the final HTML is generated when published. Best for: People who want to always be able to edit in Markdown.