Scrivener 3

Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 3.0.1

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 104 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)

Introduction and Tutorial Videos:

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


Release Notes:

• Numerous minor enhancements and bug fixes to Compile.
• ePub 3 and KF8 formats now support underlines without needing to use styles.
• ePub 3 and KF8 now support the “Transformations” options pane in Compile for converting italics to underlines (and vice versa) and converting smart punctuation to dumb punctuation.
• You can now set images inserted using the $img tag to use a percentage size in ebooks using the new “ebook” placeholder tag (see Help > List of All Placeholders… for details).
• Tabbed windows are now restored when Scrivener is reopened (and Quick Reference panels remember their tabbed states per-project).
• When loading a Copyholder by Option-dropping, if you hold down Option at the start of the drag in the binder, the Copyholder will now get the focus. (Only hold down Option on drop to leave the focus as it was.)
• Either Option or Command can now be used to open comments in a popover instead of the Inspector (since Option-clicks do not work on all systems).
• Added option to turn off border to current line highlight.
• If any Preferences Themes are saved, a “Themes” submenu now appears in the “Scrivener” menu, allowing you to switch between themes more easily.
• There are now more options available when saving a Preferences theme. It is now possible, for instance, to save a theme that only affects Composition mode colours, or a theme that affects everything else except Composition mode colours.
• Full width labels in the binder no longer span the entire width of the binder, but are indented and more like the Scrivener 2 labels.
• When Ctrl-clicking on the Trash folder in the binder, a minimal menu is now shown that includes “Empty Trash…”.
• When opening the tutorial project, Scrivener will now prompt you to update it if there is a newer version of the tutorial available. (This will take effect for future tutorial updates.)
• Added a “Convert Markdown” option to Import & Split, which converts all Markdown to rich text for the imported documents.
• When a group higher up in the hierarchy determines the “Structure-Based” Section Type via its “Default Subdocument Type” setting, this is now indicated in brackets after “Structure-Based” in the menu.
• It is now possible to make the main window narrower when there is no vertical split.
• Many, many refinements and bug fixes.


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 36 out of 38 people
Version 3.0.1
Review by Alan Coughlin

Hard to Use! Charged Me Twice! - I purchased and installed Scrivener 2 for Mac on October 15, 2017. Now I see that you are advertising Scrivener 3 on the App Store. Since I have not been prompted to update my app, I searched your web site and discovered that you consider it to be such a significant upgrade that you are requiring people to pay $25 to get the updated version. It has not yet been 2 months since I purchased Scrivener 2! Here’s the deal: 
I have not even used your product yet. When I purchased and installed it, I immediately opened it to begin importing the dozens of book fragments I have written in my Notes app over the last couple of years. I didn’t even get started. When I saw it pop up with the tutorial, I remembered how I had purchased Scrivener for Windows a few years ago, went through the tutorial, and never began using the software for the book project I was helping my author friend with. Your software is extremely difficult to use. It does not use any of the many usability conventions known to modern software designers. There was such a steep learning curve in the laborious and lengthy tutorial, and everything is so unintuitive to use, that I gave up and never used what I had purchased a few years ago. Now I was motivated to do my own books and to do them properly. I wasn’t going to do them in Microsoft Word, when everyone knows that Scrivener is what serious writers use. My friend - who is a serious writer, and the one I was helping when I bought the Windows version of your software that I purchased but did not use - strongly believed that Scrivener helps in the book-writing process (though he had to quit using Scrivener once he began frequent interaction with his editors and publishers. He has now gone back to Microsoft Word and Google Docs and has asked me to let him know when you add cloud file-sharing functionality. I’m on Mac now, so I reluctantly paid again for a product I had yet to get a cent of benefit from. I will definitely make the effort and learn your software again, but I want the latest version, of course - maybe you’ve fixed some of the usability issues and I will be able to save time, suffer less, and maybe even complete a project with it. I will not invest another $25 in something I purchased less than 2 months ago and never used. Next I got a receipt from Apple and they have charged me $45 for Scrivener 3. I submitted a complaint/help request on the Scrivener web site. They wrote back saying there was nothing they could do - that it is between me and Apple. I would request a refund from Apple, but I can’t figure out how to do that. Scrivener is such a lousy, unprofessional company. Will you please make this right, Scrivener?

Found helpful by 4 out of 9 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0.1
Review by Pastor_DZaster

Really Frustrating - I’ve used Scrivener for years and NEVER had and issue with anything. In fact, I’d have considered myself an evangelist for the product to all my friends. Because of this, I immediately upgraded to Scrivener 3 and, frankly, am sorry that I did. I’ve had to deal with more “Application Not Responding” messages and “spinning beach balls” than I have with any program in recent memory. I gave up syncing with my iPad a long time ago. For example: Type a word—beachball—type a word—beachball…change autosave from 2 seconds to 10 seconds…type 5 words—beachball—type 5 words—beachball... I’ve deleted and reinstalled, spent hours cruising the forums trying to figure out why it takes so long to start up and shut down. After all this, it works okay, sometimes. I know the developers are really cool and responsive. However, should it really take all this time for an [expensive] upgrade to work?

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.0.1
Review by Ù°Vahid Askarpour

a disaster in cloud syncing! - Its synchronization with dropbox makes binderbackup file destroyed so you can not open the project next time. just have the main copy of each project saved in a local folder.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.0.1
Review by fh_80

Wish I’d read all the negative reviews first... - I can’t believe I paid $40 to lose my existing files and waste valuable writing time on this garbage. My advice: 1) read the reviews and 2) don’t buy this steaming pile of “upgrade” until the developer fixes this basic and KNOWN issue!

Found helpful by 0 out of 2 people
Version 3.0.1
Review by Ù°Vahid Askarpour

a disaster in cloud syncing! - After many times of experiences in crashing and sync issues, i decided to go back to Scrivener 2.8 and drown in its smplicity and functionality. the system of files has many problems in scrivener 3 in comparison with beloved Scrivener 2 which was there for you here just to be a writer, nothing more and nothing less!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.0.1
Review by eaglepup

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.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people