I am looking for iOS apps for the Stack Exchange network that support the iPad. This is very similar to this question, but the difference is that I'm looking for apps that run on the iPad (not in 2x mode). What different apps exist for browsing the Stack Exchange network on the iPad?

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    Community wiki? One app per answer?
    – Ian C.
    Mar 30, 2012 at 17:51
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    @IanC. The original intent was not a CW, but I shall talk to mods.
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 30, 2012 at 17:53
  • There's no need for CW at present. Hit us up on chat, as anyone can edit and this is unlikely to need reputation diversion
    – bmike
    Mar 30, 2012 at 18:08
  • @bmike Ok. Got it. and I did post it in chat. :-)
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 30, 2012 at 18:10
  • Please leave a comment if you downvote. Downvotes dont really help unless you explain why you are downvoting.
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 30, 2012 at 18:12

4 Answers 4


I have used 2 for iPhone, and have eventually gone back to the Mobile View as it was considerably better than either:

Six-to-Eight: Free. Worked OK, but you can't actually log in, you can merely track yourself as a user without being able to actually do anything

StackMate: $.99. Looked great, but soon worked out that by Stack Exchange it actually meant just SO, and not the SE network - wasted dollar.

As for iPad, there are only 2 available that work on iPad:

And they both suck (imho).

For a start, FullStack only supports the Trilogy sites and Ask Ubuntu, so not the whole network. And while "Answers for" covers all sites, it shares a further letdown with Fullstack in that neither of them allow you to actually log in and do anything other than browse. This (as per the comments) may be because the API calls do not allow posting, but there is no reason why an App developer cannot use the APIs where they are available, and also put in a normal HTML webview of the actual site to finish of the missing parts - using the API does not limit you to only using the API if you are writing an app.

The mobile web view is far superior in every respect unless you are looking for non interactive bedtime reading. One noted problem with the mobile view is that Chat does not seem to recognise the fact that you are logged in, meaning that while transcripts are available, you cannot enter a room and participate.

In addition to the above, a quick hunt about StackApps yeilds the following results, which are either deprecated, or were never fully released and may be interesting to read up on.:

If you are wanting a native iOS app for reasons such as getting push notifications, you can easily bodge up a system for allowing push notifications for your inbox to be sent to you iOS device. You will need the following:

  • An account with IFTTT
  • An account with Boxcar
  • Your Boxcar account linked into IFTTT
  • A task within IFTTT that says IF RSS - New feed item from apple.stackexchange.com/feeds/user/9495/responses (change to your own user ID) THEN Boxcar - Send a message to my inbox
  • The Boxcar app downloaded and installed on your iOS device.

Then, whenever you get a notification (an answer to your question, a comment on your answer, a shout in Chat etc) in your SE global inbox, it will send you a message into Boxcar, that may look something approaching the following:

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You can customise the wording in the notification,but I have stuck to the defaults in this example. Note, that the IFTTT feed checks currently run every 15 minutes.

  • And chatting - I can't log in to chat through iPad even if logged in to apple.stackexchange.com. Cookie issue? Mar 31, 2012 at 2:00
  • Yeah, me too, I was going to raise a Q about that.
    – stuffe
    Mar 31, 2012 at 7:31
  • Not being able to write on the StackExchange network is a limitation of the API.
    – Jonathan.
    Mar 31, 2012 at 9:11
  • @AdamEberbach Actually you can. I have.
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 31, 2012 at 18:24
  • @stuffe, you've listed StackMate as discontinued and also posted it's link on iTunes. It's seems contradictory??
    – Jonathan.
    Mar 31, 2012 at 18:27

You can use George Edison's StackMobile to access the SE network on your iPad. Of course, you could argue that it is not an "app" in the true sense, but rather a web-app, but it serves the purpose.

"FullStack" is an app (proper this time!) that lets you browse SO/SU/SF and AskUbuntu sites only. Screenshot uploaded by the author:

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  • No worries... I saw you (or someone else) upvoted and then removed it. I sense a very predatory environment here because of the contest and voting only being done in cliques. Can't say I'm thrilled to join...
    – rm -rf
    Mar 30, 2012 at 18:13
  • I was me. Although Stack Mobile is a great solution, i did specifically ask for iOS apps. Once I get more answers, I shall re-upvote your answer. I want to encourage iOS apps, rather than web apps. Don't delete your answer though. :-)
    – daviesgeek
    Mar 30, 2012 at 18:17

I made an iOS SE client. It's available on the App Store here.

Some tempting screenshots:

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It's for-pay, but I might be able to get you a promo code if you ping me here. Maybe.

  • Looks extremely promising! Since it isn't released yet, I can't accept it, but ping me here when it's officially released (and I'll probably buy a copy too :D )
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 17, 2013 at 6:40
  • @daviesgeek It's live.
    – user44427
    Oct 19, 2013 at 19:56

Note: This requires ruby 1.9.x, Mac OS X ships with 1.8.7. So unless you're really big into it, this won't work.

This one is a little hackish, and I'm going to (eventually, someday) make it a little not so hackish. I promise.

Ever wanted to get notified of SE notifications? Going away from the computer for the weekend, but really want to make sure you don't miss anything "important"? Well, this is for you!

First, install and sign up for Boxcar, if you haven't already. (and if you haven't, I highly recommend it! Works very nicely for notifications of all sorts - Twitter, email, Facebook, etc.)

Next, you'll need to head over here and do two things:

  1. Change your user ID to whatever yours is. To find out what it is, take a look at the number in your profile URL: Mine is http://apple.stackexchange.com/users/1739/jrg, so my user ID is 1739.

  2. Get an access token. Head over to here and request one like below:

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And then after you've gotten an access token, you can copy it and then paste it into the part where it says "FILL_ME_IN".

Now, you need to install two libraries - serel, and boxcar_api.

Run sudo gem install serel boxcar_api and then wait until they are installed.

Next, copy and paste this file into notify_me.rb (or whatever you want to call it). I'm going to assume its in ~/bin. Before you save, change the "[email protected]" part to whatever you used to sign up for boxcar.

Now, lets go and hop into cron.

Run crontab -e in a terminal, which will edit your crontab.

It should ask you which editor you want to use, I suggest using nano unless you know vim or emacs really well.

I'm going to assume you aren't that busy on the site, so we'll have it run every two hours.

Paste the following into the bottom of your crontab:

0 */2 * * * ~/bin/notify_me.rb

And then you should be good to go.

Enjoy, and if you find bugs, feel free to send me an email:

[email protected]

Eventually, someday, somehow, I'll move this into its own proper project, rather than a crazy hax

Known bugs/issues:

  • Only checks every 2 hours. If possible, I'll change it in the future to check every 20 minutes or so.

  • Notifies you regardless of if you have a new inbox message or not. Again, not ideal.

  • There is a much easier way to achieve this with IFTTT and the RSS feed into Boxcar
    – stuffe
    Mar 31, 2012 at 7:14
  • @stuffe I haven't found an RSS feed for your inbox - are you sure?
    – jrg
    Mar 31, 2012 at 12:14
  • s/your/my (need more characters to make it a comment)
    – jrg
    Mar 31, 2012 at 12:32
  • I put a large addition into my answer explaining the process. I currently use it, have done for several months. The feed is difficult to see acknowledged on the site, I think I came across is in a question once by accident largely.
    – stuffe
    Mar 31, 2012 at 13:54
  • @stuffe That rss feed also does edits on your questions/answers - seems rather noisy. My solution only sends comments and things that show up in your global inbox.
    – jrg
    Mar 31, 2012 at 14:04

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