Adding New Files, Folders, and Images

Creating Files and Folders

To create a new file or folder, you first need to navigate to the directory in which you want to create it. This can be a folder in “Local Files”, “iCloud” or in an external folder (see Local Files, iCloud, External Folders).

Then tap on the + button in the bottom toolbar.

Create New File

In the File or Folder dialog you can select whether you want to add a File or a Folder, or whether to Import files from the Files app, or images from the photo library.

Filename / Folder Name

Enter the filename or name of the folder you want to create. Make sure to include a file extension (like “.html”) when creating a new file.


Here you can choose the location where you want to create the new file or folder.


Optionally choose a template to use when creating a new file. There are built-in templates for HTML and XML files, but you can also add your own.

Character Encoding

Select the text encoding of the new file. The default is UTF-8.

Line Endings

You can choose Unix (LF), Windows (CRLF), or Mac (CR) line endings when creating new files. The default is Unix (LF).

Please note that Mac (CR) line endings are uncommon: use Unix (LF) for files intended for modern macOS.

Character encodings and line endings you choose here are remembered for the next time you want to create a file, so you typically only need to set that once. UTF-8 and Unix line endings are a good choice for most.


If you create a file, make sure to enter a Filename including the file extension, since the extension is used to determine the correct syntax definition. If you choose a template, Textastic automatically adds the correct file extension to the file name.

Tap Create to create the file or folder.

Importing Files and Images

Import files and images

In the “File or Folder” dialog, switch to Import.

Tap Import Files to import files from the Files app. Imported files are not opened in place, but rather copied to the location specified in the dialog.

Tap Import Images to import images from the photo library in the Photos app.


If you want to open files in place instead of importing/copying them to an existing folder, have a look at External Files and Folders.

Add Button Context Menu

Add or import context menu

Alternatively, tap and hold the + button to show its context menu and directly add files or folders or import files or images.

Creating External Files

To create a new file in a location outside of Local Files, iCloud or external folders, use the command Create External File… (see Local Files, iCloud, External Folders). This shows the same options as seen in the screenshot above, but allows you to pick any location in the Files app.

Importing Images using Drag and Drop

On iPad you can also use drag and drop to import images from the Photos app into Textastic.