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*** Featured in App Store Best of 2016 ***

“The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” —Michael Marshall Smith, bestselling author

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 tap 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. Write a description based on a photograph. Reference a video or PDF. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter. On the iPad, open two documents side-by-side; on the iPhone, flip between research and writing with just two taps.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply compile everything into a single document for printing, 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.


Get Started
• Interactive tutorial project
• Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project
• Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only)
• Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar
• Format with fonts and presets
• Comments, footnotes, links and highlights
• Simple bullets and lists
• Insert images
• Pinch-zoom to resize text
• Full-screen mode (iPad only)
• Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only)
• Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode
• Live word and character counts
• Set word and character count targets
• Find and replace
• Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation
• Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users
• Dark mode

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline
• Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only)
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and status
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only)
• Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas
• Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only)

Share Your Work
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Use different formatting in your exported or printed document
• Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text
• Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps
• Create and email zipped backups of your projects

Work Anywhere
• Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener*
• Copy projects between devices via iTunes

* Requires a Dropbox account (not compatible with iCloud).

You can contact us at, visit our forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

What's New in Version 1.1.1

• "Dark Mode" is now available via Settings app or the gear button menu inside Scrivener projects. Perfect for tired eyes.

• You can now use emojis as document icons in your projects.
• More custom icons are available.

• Dropbox syncing has been rewritten to be compatible with Dropbox's API 2.
• Scrivener can now check for changes on the server before opening a Dropbox project.

• Miscellaneous bug fixes and refinements.
• 1.1.1 fixes a bug whereby 1.1 showed in the App Store as being available in languages other than English. (Scrivener is currently being translated into nine other languages, but the translations are not yet ready.)


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Customer Reviews

But for background

For drafting a novel, there really isn't a comparable program that I'm aware of that performs nearly as well as Scrivener. In terms of design, Scrivener is simply the best for writing a book.

I'm withholding a fifth star for one reason only, and that is the inability to customize the background color of the screen in the iOS version. Dark Mode is a major step forward, however; finally, a setting that allows for hours of writing without so much of the visual fatigue. But... you still can't get to black screen/green text, or to a darker background color as you can with many other other text editors that offer the ability to customize the color of both the screen (i.e. "paper") and text. It makes a real difference on the eyes for long stretches of writing, and I hope the ability to customize the background color in iOS will be forthcoming.

This is a remarkable app, otherwise.

Won't sync with Linux

Boy am I sure glad I bought yet another version of Scrivener only to get kicked in the pants, again.

Let's talk about the app in general. It's 'ok'. Obviously you should probably have a Bluetooth keyboard to do any serious writing, although doing quick changes with the touchscreen is manageable. I was able to get through about 6,000 words correcting grammar and spelling on an existing project over the course of two days. It would be nice if there was a way to view/edit a folder and all sub folders/files like you can on the desktop version. But as it stands, it's 'good enough'

Unfortunately I now have to redo all of that work because my main work computer runs Linux, and is permanently stuck at version 1.9, which means the iOS version will never be able to sync properly with my Linux directories.

Can I just say that originally offering Linux support was a great bait and switch tactic? Even today on your main site you still say you look forward to fully support Linux. And no, despite what your forums state you can't just run the Windows binary in wine and it'll 'just work' (Just tried it with the Windows key I bought to support the Linux development on the off chance I could maybe access the modified files. Couldn't update the software to the current version)

10 outta 10. Would get ripped o again.

Google Drive and other cloud services support please

I love the app, I truly do and the new dark mode was a very pleasant surprise.

But I'd love to see support for google drive within the iOS application. I have an account with unlimited storage in Google Drive, naturally, all my school and work team projects are stored there. So needing to have my scripts stored on Dropbox and everything else on G Drive, when I come back to my mac (for editing or coming back, being further down in production) and having to sync from two different places it kinds interferes with my personal/team pipeline of work.

I know mine is a very specific case, but I know a lot of people that use different cloud storage services and they are kinda married to them, so I think that this awesome app would be amped up by having this type of flexibility, like you do in desktops (choosing where to store/sync your files).

Keep up the good work 👍🏼

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $19.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 24.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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