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“The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.”
- Best-selling novelist Michael Marshall Smith

Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.

Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a click away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.

Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand, and you can open it right alongside what you’re working on. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, compile everything into a single document for printing, create an e-book, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy.

Scrivener’s users include best-selling novelists, screenwriters, students, academics, lawyers, journalists and translators. It won’t tell you how to write - it just provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.


Get Started
• Interactive tutorial project
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import common text files such as RTF, DOCX, FDX, ODT and TXT
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View sections individually or combined
• Distraction-free full-screen mode
• Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
• Familiar text formatting tools
• Live word and character counts
• Mark up your text with comments
• Make notes in the sidebar which become footnotes or endnotes upon print or export
• Keep snapshots of earlier text versions and revert to them at any time
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set goals using project and document targets
• Automatic backups

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the fully-featured outliner
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and keywords
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research such as image, PDF and media files
• Import web pages
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files

Get It Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Export to popular formats such as DOC, RTF and plain text
• Print or generate PDF files
• Export ePub or Kindle files
• Export to Final Draft
• Supports MultiMarkdown for LaTeX export

Write Anywhere
• Sync with our iOS version (available separately)

Demonstration videos are available on our website.


We have a whole heap of testimonials from published authors - see our testimonials page at to read what they have to say.


If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at, visit our support forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

What's New in Version 2.8.1

• Miscellaneous bug-fixes.
• Improved macOS Sierra support.


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Customer Reviews

any humanities grad students/early stage academics, this is my recommendation to you

When I was in grad school (PhD, humanities, Chicago style endnotes), I didn’t buy this because I didn’t know anyone that could recommend it (i.e. nobody I knew used it). I couldn’t be bothered to pay the 60 or 70 (Canadian) dollars for an unknown quantity. After graduating, I began using Scrivener for my academic writing. I Immediately lamented my earlier decision to stick with Word. This is what I use to write anything longer than five pages. Clearly, the best feature in Scrivener that distinguishes it from all other major writing programs is its binder - a way to view, organize, and reorganize your writing at any level. For my almost-400 page dissertation, within which I was frequently lost and confused, the binder would have been a godsend. There are, I must emphasize, limitations: The relatively intimidating, sometimes non-intuitive, and complicated options (for which Googling usually helps - and once you get the hang of it, these options are awesome, enabling endless customization of your writing output); if you have need for complicated footnote/endnote structures (e.g. internally complex self-references), then the lack of third party reference manager applications (refman, zotero, etc.) that can integrate with the program could be a drawback for you (for simple to moderately complex endnote structures, I’d say whatever macgyevering you have to do to make it work is a trade-off I would make for Scrivener’s Binder structure). I also use the iOS version, which I am equally a fan of. Its Dropbox syncing and generally stable nature across devices (old and new mobile devices) surpasses any cloud syncing I’ve used with Word (onedrive) or Pages (iCloud). Even when there are issues with syncing, the way Scrivener handles them (creation of conflicts folders that are dated and time stamped, along with Scrivener’s ability to easily compare documents within the application) is far more intuitive than with other writing programs I’ve used.

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  • $62.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 2.8.1
  • Size: 77.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

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