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

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

Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener lets you break up your writing into sections as small or large as you like. At its heart is a simple ring-binder metaphor—gather material and switch between writing, notes and research with ease. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Compose your text in any order you want—write when inspiration strikes and find its place later.

Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: hammer out every last detail before typing a word, or carve out a draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are integrated with an easy-to-use project outline, 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. Or check for consistency against an earlier chapter.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, turn your manuscript into a beautiful ebook or PDF, export to Word, or simply print it out. 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
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import many different types of file
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Familiar writing and formatting tools
• Easily switch between working on small sections, chapters and the whole manuscript
• Styles support
• Distraction-free full-screen mode
• Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
• Live word count
• Mark up text with comments
• Footnote support
• Keep “snapshots” of older versions of your writing
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set writing targets
• Track your writing history
• Automatic backups

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Assign a synopsis to any section, then work with an overview of your manuscript in the outliner
• Plot your ideas using the corkboard
• Track different threads using labels
• Fast project-wide search
• Apply custom icons to your sections
• Use document templates for new sections (e.g. character sheets in novels)

Refer to Research
• Import research—images, web pages, PDF files and more
• View research files or other sections alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files

Get it Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Export to Word
• Print or create PDF files
• Create Epub and Kindle files
• Export to Final Draft
• Supports MultiMarkdown and LaTeX export
• Convert rich text to Markdown

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

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What's New

Version 3.0.3

• Added a “Vellum Export” Compile format for use with .docx. This makes it easy to export a Word document that is formatted ready for import into Vellum, the self-publishing app for macOS.
• Tweaked HTML5 export for ePub and Kindle formats to work around an issue whereby Kindle Previewer and Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature could scramble certain characters.
• ePub now supports the “Book begins after front matter” option.
• Added an “Optimize for Kindle conversion” checkbox for ePub 3 export for submitting to self-publishing services that require ePub files even for Amazon publication.
• Scrivener’s MultiMarkdown support has been updated to version 6.
• New MultiMarkdown and LaTeX project templates and Compile formats added.
• The $include placeholder tag now works in title prefixes and suffixes and Section Layout prefixes and suffixes.
• The $date, $createdDate and $modifiedDate placeholders now allow for custom date formats (e.g. by using $date:HH:ss:mm).
• Added options for controlling the header and footer margins for print and PDF.
• Added an option to override style names during Compile, which can be useful for meeting specific formatting requirements.
• When compiling a subgroup, if “Treat compile group as complete manuscript” is ticked, Scrivener now looks inside the front and back matter folders for a subfolder that matches the compile group name, and if one is found, uses that for the front or back matter instead of the entire folder. This makes it much easier for users writing multiple books inside a single project to switch between different books when compiling.

• Added “Apply Keywords to Selected Documents” and “Remove Keywords from Selected Documents” to the Keywords panel contextual menu, making it easier to add and remove keywords to and from multiple documents.
• Improved dotted underline drawing in the editor as well as for printing and PDF export.
• Improved “Select Similar Formatting” to work better with styles.
• You can now insert media time stamps into the Inspector and Copyholders as well as the main editor.
• Improvements made to highlights in PDF files.
• It is now possible to disable smart quotes separately from hyphens and ellipses for script mode in the “Corrections” Preferences.
• You can now copy the link in the footer below an imported web page using the contextual menu.
• “Sort” options moved from Edit > Move to a dedicated Edit > Sort menu.
• Sorting is now supported in bookmarks.
• The size of comment popovers now takes into consideration the text scale.
• Worked around a bug in macOS whereby images in the editor could become faded after a save and reload.
• Many, many more refinements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
66 Ratings
66 Ratings

Great tool for writing


I have been using Scrivener for a couple years now, and love the way I can organize things within the app. I like to use one file for each set of related stories, and it easily lets me both write my novels and look up any notes. Importing my version 2 file into version 3 was easy, and I haven't seen any problems using it on my mac.

I love the bookmark features in version 3, but wish there was a setting to always “open in other editor” from the drop down menu. It would make things faster for those of us with poorer eyesight as the window provided is just too small to read most things. Great idea, but I need to either keep resizing the right panel or use the drop down menu instead of just clicking on it. Still a great improvement over version 2. As someone who manages many files within Scrivener, this makes finding the file I want much easier. This feature was my reason for updating as Scrivener 2 was working just fine for me.

Long time user, recently upgraded


The old Scrivener was INVALUABLE* as I was writing my dissertation. Massive piece of work that was.
The new Scrivener is INVALUABLE** as I write numerous long reports (usually 30 pages +).
* Sorry about the cyber-shouting
**Sorry again for the cyber-shouting

Honestly I don’t know how things changed from the older version but, hey, I still love it. I just use the very basic features and even those basics offer an invaluable tool to constructing a long research reports.

I have a chaotic mind that loves to multi-task and brainstorm. I love Scrivener because I can create a structure so that I may begin to insert pieces of “inspiration” into that structure. Say I create a shell with all the chapters (or just use the templates). I have ideas about wanting to discuss this or that in my report. I can just randomly insert these ideas into the structure, and, move them around later.

I also love that I am able to cut chapters into smaller chunks so I may concentrate on just one section of one chapter, for example. My chaotic, busy mind sometimes needs that space to focus on one detail. I can then look at the whole project (side bar, list of documents) and make sure the whole structure of the report is robust. I can track progress, write notes, and do so much more.

Can’t live without you, Scrivener1,2,3, whatever version you are!

Program still GREAT, but issues with DB sync prevail.


I have used Scrivener for several years now. All my work is in Scrivener and I will continue to use in the future.

For having to pay, basically having to buy the program again, there didn’t seem to be any feature improvements warranting the fee, I just assumed the work was in the background and I would benefit in other ways once I started using the program. Much to my disappointment, I have yet to see any of the “new”, “improved” benefits. On the contrary, I now have a very frustrating and quirky sync problem with DropBox, where the program is unable to display a file downloaded from DB until you click on the desktop (to go back to Finder) and then click back on the Scrivener icon.

To be clear, all other functionality seems to work as normal, and none of my data was corrupted or damaged. It’s just frustrating to have to go through that back and forth exercise on my Mac.

I have reached out to L&L support, they acknowledge the issue stating “a few of our users are expereincing…” but I suspect more than just a few. This same issue is all over their message board as well.

BUT, THAT BEING SAID, Scrivener is still a great program and I will continue to use it. Once they get this quirk fixed, all will be well.

Developer Response

You mentioned getting in touch with us, if we haven't updated you on the situation, this bug you are referring to has already been figured out and fixed for the next update. We do try to keep people posted on the status of a bug as we learn of it, and what we learn might change as time goes by. What starts as a few reports may swell to many, and what was once mysterious may eventually become obvious with understanding. I consider that an ethical and good approach to take---you seem to disagree, and that's fine, but I figured you should at least know where we stand on the matter.

¶ Meanwhile, I would advise you not keep your automated backups in the same folder as your working projects. That's a bad idea in general, and Scrivener tries to warn you of this if you try. In this case the warning method it uses was broken in a recent macOS update---and that's in all likelihood the bug you are seeing.

¶ Lastly, as to improvements, when you have some spare time, I'd recommend going through the tutorial in the help menu, which has a "what's new" collection in it, and also the user manual has a more thorough appendix going over the major changes. As always, in major updates we strive to keep the interface familiar so that the habits and rituals you have cultivated over years are not disrupted. It seems we have been successful in that part at least! ;)


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