“Slugline is outrageously, life-changingly excellent.”
– Neil Cross, Emmy nominated writer of Mama and Luther

Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting—the writing part.

Slugline works with plain text. It automatically turns your writing into a properly formatted screenplay, without you ever needing to press the Tab key or touch the mouse.

No buttons. No settings. Just writing.


⋮ Simple, elegant interface
⋮ The first distraction-free screenwriting environment
⋮ Automatic formatting to Hollywood screenplay standards
⋮ Printed on paper or PDF, your screenplay is indistinguishable from one made with apps costing much more
⋮ Helpful structure templates, including the famous beat sheet from Save the Cat!®
⋮ Integrated outlining
⋮ Bold, Italic, and Underlined text
⋮ Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help keep you organized
⋮ Preview—What you see is what you get
⋮ Full-screen mode
⋮ Fully optimized for Retina displays
⋮ Includes Courier Prime, a beautiful typeface designed for screenplays
⋮ Slugline's plain text files are compatible with any writing app, on any platform

Slugline is built for the hard part of screenwriting: the writing part. Slugline gives you the tools you need to craft your story, without your hands ever leaving the keys.

Slugline uses the free and open Fountain screenplay format, which is nothing more than plain text.​ You can work on your screenplay anywhere, using any writing app, including hundreds of mobile apps. When you open it in Slugline again, everything will be there, properly formatted.​

Start with an outline, then seamlessly transition to writing scenes. Or jot down a placeholder for your third-act twist while you’re still crafting your opening pages. Slugline allows you to be as structured as you like, even if that means not at all.​

Slugline is the creation of filmmaker Stu Maschwitz and software designer Clinton Torres. Fountain is a collaboration between screenwriter John August and Stu Maschwitz.​ Together, we believe that screenwriting should be simple, smart, and open.

Slugline keeps getting better, and that's thanks to you! Slug us a line at with any questions or feedback you have, and follow us on Twitter at @SluglineApp.

What's New

Version 1.3.1

Slugline 1.3.1 is all about performance, Undo, and performance. And performance.

Here’s what’s new:

⋮ Performance! Slugline scrolls smoother and keeps up with your typing better, even on very large, complex documents.
⋮ Performance! Slugline should be less greedy with your laptop’s battery.
⋮ Undo now un-does blocks of typing, rather than one letter at a time.

Plus some little tweaks:

⋮ Typing the @ symbol, the trick for forcing a Character element, now brings up an auto-complete menu of any forced Characters already in your screenplay.
⋮ After pressing Return to choose a Scene Heading prefix (INT, EXT, etc.) from the auto-complete menu, the cursor now remains on the line, so you can keep typing your Scene Heading.

And some bug fixes:

⋮ Undo-ing the creation of a Character/Dialogue pair no longer inserts random garbage into your screenplay. “That’s my job,” you joked, but, hey, take it easy on yourself. That kind of self-doubt adds up.
⋮ We fixed a potential memory leak.
⋮ When reverting to a saved document, the “Loading” spinner should go away now, rather than stay there for four to eight years.
⋮ And (most recently), fixed some compatibility issues with High Sierra that were causing crashes around parentheticals.

Each new update provides a blank canvas for your generous reviews. We are always grateful when you share your feedback with us, either here or at Happy writing!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Love It, Would Recommend; Couple Requests


I’ve been using Slugline for maybe three years now, and in those years I’ve had no major qualms with this software.
- I love Slugline’s simplicity as well as the formatting and outlining capabilities.
- Adding notes to the script is really easy, and that’s one thing I really appreciate.

Although it’s not necessary, I would love a mobile version of the software. Just for easy, on-the-go access in case I don’t have my laptop (which is rare, but it has happened before).
Doing this would require Cloud support, which is another thing I would like to request. Not a huge issue since any script you write you can just drop it in to the Cloud.
One last thing: as others have mentioned, an option to number your scenes would be cool.

Overall, I love Slugline and would recommend it to any screenwriter.
I recently moved to Final Draft just to be acquainted with other screenwriting software; so far it’s nice, but Slugline is definitely an app worth using if you don’t want to spend as much.

This is the best screenwriting software for the money!


I’ve been waiting for a program like this. This has everything I need. It’s easy and simple to use. It’s not cluttered visually which is what I need as a writer (to be free of distractions.) I love the interface. The only thing that I’d like to suggest is that they make a “Save to PDF” option more clear. Unless, I’m missing something, you have to click Print… and then in there click save to pdf. Beyond that, though, this is amazing. Well worth the $30 is spent.

Exactly What I Was Looking For


I needed a screenply editor that just let me type my story as quickly as possible without thinking about the formatting. This is the app that finally did that. It works so well that I pretty quickly forgot about formatting at all and just let Slugline do its thing. Well done. Well done indeed!


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