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 3.0.2

• Added ability to preserve centering and indents on a Section Layout basis.
• Added a new $pageGroupParentTitle placeholder which can be used in headers and footers to show the name of the part containing the current chapter.
• Fixed bug whereby Kindle ebook validation would fail because of a table of contents problem.

• Text completions and emojis can now be added to Scrivener’s editor Touch Bar.
• “Heading” and “Title” paragraph styles now use Keep-with-Next by default in new projects.
• Added “Reload from Original Image” option to contextual menu for images linked in text.
• Collapsed footnotes and comments in the Inspector now use an icon rather than text to indicate their type, allowing more room for a preview of the content.

• When viewing audio files, the playback controls no longer fade out but remain visible.
• Added ability to insert the time stamp of a media file (Insert > Media Time Stamp - note that you must have a media file in the other editor to use this). You can set the format used for this stamp in the Behaviors > Playback Preferences.
• Added “Allow limited navigation in web pages” option to “Navigation” Preferences. When ticked, you can navigate around imported web pages to some extent. When this option is off, you can hold down Option when clicking in a web page to force the link to open inside Scrivener’s browser.
• When resolving alias files, Scrivener no longer tries to mount external volumes, which could cause slowdown.

• Added “Paste Plain Text as Screenplay” to the “Edit” menu (only available when editing a script document). This makes it easier to paste into Scrivener from Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter.
• Added 1.2 line spacing as an option to Script Settings.
• It is now possible to set script mode to insert text at the start of a line when hitting tab (under the Tab/Return area of Script Settings).
• Added a new $mediaPlaybackTime placeholder that can only be used inside the tab “Insert” fields of Script Settings. This can be used to automatically insert the current playback time of a video or sound file in the other editor by simply hitting tab.
• Added a new “Transcript” script format that takes advantage of the new time stamp placeholder, intended for use while working with a video or sound file in the other editor.

• Project Statistics now show the average, longest and shortest document lengths.
• Added “Show allowance in progress bar” option to document target settings. When ticked, the overflow allowance is shown in the right side of the bar.

• Added an option to the “Behaviors” Preferences to turn off 3.0’s new behaviour of deleting text dragged out of the editor to other areas of the project.
• Added an option to exclude the screenshot when tweeting Project Targets (“Include screenshot when using Twitter service in Project Targets”, available in the General > Services area of Preferences).
• Many, many refinements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

49 Ratings

49 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.

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! ;)

Great, like Scrivner 2 was, but has some issues converting Scrivner 2 files...


This app, like its predecessor, is truly the best of its kind. A Great app for those that want their notes, research, rough drafts, final drafts…in the same project all right there in front of them. The only complaint I have is that when importing Scrivner 2 projects it was a disaster. It was a disaster on my Mac, my iPad, my iPhone, and Dropbox. Once i finally sorted it all out I had lost two projects and precious time. For a group that can build this amazing app, surely you can make the whole syncing process and the import and conversion of Scrivner 2 projects a smoother process. It would also be great to sync with iCloud.

Developer Response

Many thanks for the very kind review, especially after you had so many problems updating your projects. I'm very sorry to hear that. Scrivener 3 does update the file format, as you found, but I was very careful to ensure this wouldn't lose work. A back-up of the original 2.x file should be made in the same folder when the project is updated, but sandboxing on the App Store might scupper that unless you give Scrivener access to the folder via Scrivener > Authorize Folder Access. If you are still having problems or have any sample projects that demonstrate issues with updating, please email us so we can investigate. Thanks!


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