Scrivener 3

Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 3.0

Last Updated: 13 days ago

Download Size: 103.5 MB - Download


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

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @scrivenerapp


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.0
Review by ahana95

The answer to every writer’s prayers - L&L have created premium, beautiful and versatile apps for both MacOS and iOS, and I have nothing but praise for each and every single one of their creations so far. Scrivener should be the gold-standard of writing apps. Clean, clear and incredibly flexible, this is the app I opened and have never closed once in almost a year. Everything — from blogs, journals, notes, novels, short stories, school notes — is done here in this straight-from-heaven piece of software that should come BUILT-IN with every device. Thank you for this. It is perfect.

Found helpful by 17 out of 19 people
Version 3.0
Review by SBCpp

Does not sync with iCloud - This could be the best writing app, but unfortunately has a significant drawback. The information provided by the developer state that one can use cloud sync to work on multiple computers and with the iOS version (sold separately), but did not mention iCloud. A search of the developer website indicate that Scrivener purchased only through the App Store usues iCloud to sync. I then purchased the Mac version through the App Store, and the iOS version, only to discover that sync was only supported through Dropbox. I used Dropbox for years and was very happy with it. Then, and despite declining to have my photos synced with Dropbox I found all the photos that I have on my iMac (all work related, by the way) in my folder on the Dropbox server. I was obviously very upset, removed them right away, and complained to customer support. Later, and for some strange reason, Dropbox required that I grant them approval to install an app on my computer that allows them to install all future Dropbox software updates without having to tell me about them or get me to approve the installation. When I declined, they did not let me go ahead with updating the software to the latest version then although I was a paid subscriber for years. That is when I decided to quit. In the meanwhile, Apple iCloud has become extremely stable and reliable, so I have been using iCloud exclusively for storage, backup and sync, and I am very happy with it. Now, I only buy Apps that use iCloud to sync, that is why I am disappointed with Scrivener. There is no excuse for a major and relatively expensive Mac App, and especiall a new version, not to support iCloud. I am not sure why the developer does not want to put any effort into this, when it can be implemented very well by others (see Keep It).

Found helpful by 12 out of 30 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0
Review by Champion.#2

Thank you! - Thank you for making a very robust, complex-yet-usable written project management tool. I have zero need for markdown nor do I want something relativey rudimentary like the usual “word processors”. Not to mention I tend to be a packrat when it comes to taking notes and gathering research —Scrivener is perfect for that! As far as I can tell Scrivener is in a class of its own.

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
Version 3.0
Review by Ziyao M.

A Powerful Writing Tool - The Chinese localization still needs some work. But overral a wonderful tool.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 3.0
Review by Ù°Vahid Askarpour

a True update for a true application - it is amazing! everything is what that should be. really! it is the most professional writing app possible. thanks guys!

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 3.0
Review by KCChuckles

The Best! - This is one of the best tools for writing I’ve ever used. So worth every last penny. I use dropbox and a local NAS (network area storage) for backups, and they both work perfectly. Well done folks. Well done, indeed.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 3.0
Review by Ponkichi002

Great tool for better action plans of both business and life - The Scrivener 3 works well for me to brainstorm the ideas and organize them then transform to the action plan both business and life. The most favorite new function in Scrivener 3 is the Corkboard which allows to place the card randomly (Called “Freeform Corkboard”). The card can be swithed both Freeform and Linear (card position is fixed in line, which is the mode in Scriberner 2) easily from the icon in right-bottom. In spite I have Scrivener 2, I decided paying full price of Scriverner 3 to enjoy this new and useful function. There are many other new features, but this is the compelling reason for me to buy Scriverner 3.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people