Pathfinder Open Reference


Masterwork Tools: Pathfinder Open Reference is an Android tablet and phone app that acts as a quick reference for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.  The reference is a tool to give you searchable access to the full Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Reference Document.

Other Features:

  • Allows you to create bookmark collections. For example, you can bookmark certain passages that you want quick access to as a GM and create another collection for a specific character, giving you quick access to the rules that are important for running that character.
  • Has 22,000 rule snippets allowing you to access over 14,000 discrete rule topics. Including: 718 Feats, 1266 Spells, 975 Monsters, 44 Classes and a ton more.
  • Allows you to hone in the passages that matter for what’s going on in game now. Every title in every article is a link that lets you see/bookmark that section.
  • Powerful and fast search lets you find the rule you need quickly.



Listing Spells




In order to use it, it requires an Android tablet or phone. For tablets, it has been tested on the Transformer Prime, Motorola Xoom, Nook Color, Kindle Fire and the OG Galaxy Tab.  For phones, it has been tested on the Galaxy Nexus. I have verified that it functions on Android 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.x and 4.x.

To install it, you will have to enable “Allow installation of non-Market apps” under settings. For the Nook Color/Kindle Fire, until I get it into the Barnes & Noble/Amazon market, you probably will be able to install it only on rooted devices.

Note: I do not have any IOS devices, nor do I have a Mac to code on to port this to the iPad/iPhone. It /is/ an open source project, so I would welcome someone who wanted to take this to those devices, but I don’t have the resources to do so.


The application is available from the Google Play market. The latest test build is available for download from here.

If you are interested in hacking on this project, the source code is available under the GNU GPL V2 from its Github repo.

Defects/Feature Requests

No software is perfect.  If you find a problem, please file a bug in the issue tracker.  Likewise, if you have a feature request, please open up a ticket.



Masterwork Tools: Pathfinder Open Reference is available under the GNU GPL V2.

Community Use License

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Open Gaming License

This application uses content via the Open Gaming License (OGL).  The applicable text of the OGL is available inside the the Application.


25 Responses to Pathfinder Open Reference

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  2. Glen Merrick says:

    Thank You. Was looking for something to help me get into the d20 game. This is awesome! Have you considered trying to make a character generator?

    • admin says:

      I’ve been debating it. I was a part of the PCGen project some years ago, so I’m well aware of the actual complexity of the task. I’m considering an encounter creator first, as applying templates to monsters is a more limited problem, and gets me about halfway there to character creation.

  3. Josh L. says:

    I love this tool.
    I’ve used it every single session since I downloaded it.
    Would you consider making a Windows 8 metro app version?

    Best regards.

  4. Rodolfo Avendaño says:

    Great app, helped me GM a lot, however I can not find the app in the store anymore. why is that?

  5. jakethesnake says:

    are there any plans to convert this to a Windows 8 app?

    • admin says:

      Right now no, I’m not a windows developer, but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this question, so I’m starting to investigate what I would need to do.

  6. Austin says:

    This is an amazing app with a great ii, much better than the other (paid) android pfsrd. The only thing yours lacks is current books. I would defiantly be willing to pay for an updated version of this.

    • Austin says:

      Definitely be willing to pay* Damon autocorrect

    • admin says:

      A new release with the next 2 psrd books is forthcoming. It’s in testing now, and the bulk of the work is completed. I jsut have enough users now that I want to make sure that this release goes smoothly.

  7. kyle says:

    how much longer do you think it will be til an update? this app is great and will probably be the only app I can tell people to download

    • admin says:

      Sorry, new baby has meant finding time for my projects has been hard. I’m flying to San Francisco on weds, and the work left should be something I can complete on that flight. Hopefully I can get this out soon.

  8. mat says:

    Fantastic app nice fast and easy to use thanks a lot.
    Would love to see a good dungeon map maker app to run along side this for the full Gm experience but that’s greedy lol.

  9. Michael says:

    This is an amazing app! Certainly would have paid for it or donated if there was an option to help ya along. Curious what other app if any you have out here or do you have any ideas for other apps in the future. Would love to see them. Any chance there would be a mac version? Well thank a million for the hard work you put in.. it shows. i will be recomending this app to all my gaming friends if they dont already use it.

  10. Jeff says:

    Im having trouble figuring out how to bookmark the articles to add them to collections. Is there a guide i could read on how to do it?

  11. Chris kempf says:

    Is there ANY way to use this on my ipad?

  12. Pseudohobbit says:

    My PF group has been using this app for long while now, several months I know. My wife bought me a Windows 8 tablet today. Sure wish there was a way to use it on there. I’ve never paid for an app, but I’d be happy to shell out the dough for this one for my Windows 8 tablet.

    • admin says:

      Interestingly I get substantially more requests for a windows 8 version then an IOS version despite market share of the two OSes. I suspect that this is due to IOS at least having some pathfinder apps, though I’ve been told they are not as good, but at least they even exist.

      I’ve started looking at how to maybe make a phonegap version which would target both OSes. I can’t charge for this app due to how Paizo’s licenses work (well, not without changing the name and removing the graphics. If I make one, which is still a bit up in the air, it will be free like the Android version.

  13. Kyle says:

    No way to get this for a iPad?

    • admin says:

      Not as of yet. I’m looking into it. Biggest problem is I don’t really have any apple equipment, so it’s gonna be hard to develop for the platform.

  14. Kishibe says:

    Hi, very nice app, I’ve bene using it for a couple of years and won’t ever play another PF game without.
    You might consider adding some more structure in the bookmark section- since I added all the spells my wizard knows navigating the list has become difficult. Like, either let the user sort it or adding some groupings (like spell level, items…)

    A must have!

    • admin says:

      I’m working on a spellbook app that should be released in the next month or two that will work in concert with the reference. That should make it a fair bit easier, as spells are likely to be the biggest chunk of bookmarks. That being said, I like the idea of dividing up the bookmarks by type, so I’ll look at how I can make that happen.

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