Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 2.8.1

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 77.6 MB - Download


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

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 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. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, compile everything into a single document for printing, create an e-book, 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.

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
• Interactive tutorial project
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import common text files such as RTF, DOCX, FDX, ODT and TXT
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View sections individually or combined
• Distraction-free full-screen mode
• Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
• Familiar text formatting tools
• Live word and character counts
• Mark up your text with comments
• Make notes in the sidebar which become footnotes or endnotes upon print or export
• Keep snapshots of earlier text versions and revert to them at any time
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set goals using project and document targets
• Automatic backups

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the fully-featured outliner
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and keywords
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research such as image, PDF and media files
• Import web pages
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files

Get It Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Export to popular formats such as DOC, RTF and plain text
• Print or generate PDF files
• Export ePub or Kindle files
• Export to Final Draft
• Supports MultiMarkdown for LaTeX export

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

Demonstration videos are available on our website.


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


If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at [email protected], visit our support forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.


Release Notes:

• Miscellaneous bug-fixes.
• Improved macOS Sierra support.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.4.1
Review by Doc Roy55

Great tool for scholarly writing, too. - Scrivener has become my tool of choice for research and writing. It allows me to break up my topic into bite-sized chunks and then work on those pieces, collecting the research right inside Scrivener, drafting the sections, then putting it all together. I usually start off brainstorming a paper in a mind-mapping tool, then transfer those thoughts over to Scrivener's cork board layout. After that, it is easy to play with the organization to see a storyboard that makes the most sense and flows logically. I also like the ability to use Index Card on my iPad and synchronize those cards with Scrivener (that part is a little clunky still, so I hope the folks at Scrivener will hurry with an iPad app soon - please). Being able to work on my iPad makes my train rides into work more productive. I've written three articles this way so far, and I'm not sure I could ever go back to composing on a flat word processor again. Thanks, Scrivener!

Found helpful by 92 out of 93 people
Version 2.5
Review by JohnF9

The Bell Curve - Scrivener is ng - There are lots of positive reviews of Scrivener here, but each reviewer is using the program to do their project and naturally no two of their projects will be the same. So when they write that it is a good program, they are really saying that it work fine in - their - circumstances. That doesn’t at all mean that overall, the Scrivener software is reliable in - all - uses and circumstances. I have many of the best apps (after hundreds of hours of testing) there are from the Apps Store, on my 6 month old, $2600 MacBook Pro. I wanted Scrivener to work and be useful and relaible. It is not … Why? It crashes after awhile. Not, sometimes … it crashes often. When does it crash … = After I had multiple PDF documents in the Binder section of Scrivener and went to add other PDF’s. = When I went to use its Import feature to add a Web link. = When I went to read some PDF pages. = When I went to read some Web pages it managed to Import. I sent Scrivener tech support a 24 page crash dump file and they said they were aware that Scrivener did have some problems occassionally with PDF files. They also said it may be a problem with the font caches on my MacBook (although - no other of the other major apps on the MacBook crash at all). I cleared the font caches. Scrivener seemed to work for awhile. Then it crashed again, and again. What’s the point of this review? Scrivener may work for you. Or it may crash.

Found helpful by 137 out of 302 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.8.1
Review by Ziyao M.

Chinese language support - Thanks for the great app. But more localization is needed. I would give 5 stars if the developers could add Chinese language support in future builds.

Found helpful by 9 out of 16 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by TricksRforKids

Don’t Upgrade To Sierra If You Use This Program - I’ve been a user of Scrivener for a few years now and have found the app to be exactly what I need. However, after upgrading to Sierra, crashes are now apart of my daily writing routine. If I work on something for an extended amount of time, say seven hours and go to close Scrivener, it will crash—while NOT being in fullscreen mode. In fullscreen mode it crashes while quitting regardless of how long I’ve been using the software. Luckily, I am able to save before quitting, but it seems to want to crash during the backup process. As it stands, Scrivener is a great tool for anyone who loves to write and stay organized, but working in a software environment that’s prone to crashing, isn't what I want to be using for anything professional.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by Hawktale

Liked it until it started crashing - I purchased the old version from their website a long time ago. It was great until it began to constantly crash. Eventually it arrived at the App Store, so I bought it again. Right off the bat it crashed over and over. Anyhow it’s not usable for me. I decided to get Ulysses which has been terrific. It’s now a year later, and I don’t know why but I felt compelled to express this frustration I had with it.

Found helpful by 7 out of 14 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by HannahJoEd

Mostly Love - I really appreciate so many features of this, particularly that I can separate out chapters and have a better outline and character guides without constantly having to go to the beginning or ending of my document where I have notes because I can’t remember a detail and then I lose my place where I was writing. I feel like this program is all about convenience and I have been amazed at how many features I didn’t realize I wanted while working on my novels! It’s also great that you can format for manuscript, ebook, or paperback. A couple things I would like to see in future updates: The ability to add lots of photos of my characters. Maybe this feature exists but I’ve tried doing it many times and haven’t been successful. I have characters where one picture has the body type and hair, but another photo has the face and clothes that are most like my character. It’s hard when your character is an amalgamation of images. The other thing I’d love to see is really silly, but the ability to add a playlist. Music helps me extensively in setting the scene and I would love to be able to have a playlist for each novel already built into the program. I know, it’s a writing app, not a music one, but it would be rather convenient. Of the two novels I’m working on right now, one main character listens to The Ramones and the other listens to traditional Ethiopian tribal music. It would be handy to keep these separate in their individual files.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by neuro2go

Definitely a good option for its design - If you are looking for a standard word-processor, then this isn’t it. It doesn’t intend to be. In fact, when it comes time to publish it suggests the information be exported to a formal word-processor for final layout editing. Rather, this intends to be a way to build a long document: a book, a screenplay, or your own collection of ideas or strategies. It facilitates saying what you want to say, knowing where you said it, and thinking about the information in the context of the whole. It facilitates gathering references, though placement of media in a final draft may be better left to a formal layout editor. It facilitates using a group of self-designed templates to recurrently work with the same kinds of information - anything from a character or place in your novel to a recipe if you are only building your own information database. I came to Scrivener because I am writing a book. I was trying to use a famous word-processor that I’ve used for decades, but the other software no longer works well in my MacBook Pro running El Capitan - keeps crashing requiring a “force quit”. Actually, for me this is fortuitous. Scrivener is much less expensive and may be better for the actual writing phase. Scrivener is designed to make it easier to keep track of where prior information occurs in a long document - avoiding continuity problems. I’ve only recently started using Scrivener; so, maybe there are “skeletons in the closet” that will later appear. Don’t know: so far, so good. The key will be exporting the information. Scrivener apparently can export directly to some publishing outlets, such as Amazon’s offerings. So, I recommend it. Scrivener isn’t everything for everyone (as some of the reviews reveal). But, for someone who wants to write a long document and keep track of what you’ve written, I’m finding it to be quite valuable. At $50 I think this makes it worth a 5 star rating. (We all know that “free” actually isn’t. A publisher of software has to make money somehow. I’d much rather have the costs upfront rather than hidden. I’d also much rather a publisher persist, so I can rely on the software, rather than perish - making my document formats obsolete.)

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people