Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 2.8.1

Last Updated: 2 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 15 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by House of Panda

It’s the best writing software available today. - If you are writing anything, anything at all, get this. If you are a hobbyist, you’ll find yourself getting serious about your work. If you’re a student, this will help you organize your assignments, and there are export features built in so you can submit your homework as a Word document. If you’re involved in screenwriting or scriptwriting, it has excellent built-in formatting for scripts, also with exporting to Final Draft. If you are self-publishing, it has INSANE compiling features that will get it ready for any type of media (aside from audiobooks) that books are sold as. I can’t even wrap my head around the depth of ebook options. I’m writing fiction, both novels and short stories. Just by being able to organize my novels into scenes that I can easily rearrange, label, edit, add notes and summaries to, and put labels on (color labels, or “first draft,” “revision” and so on) I’ve been finding myself writing more often, writing work of a higher quality, and able to find any part of my story very easily. On a side note, the pictures on the App Store don’t do it justice. You can change the look of just about everything. I use an actual corkboard design for my corkboard (included), but you can use any image as a background. I’ve also customized the background colors of the binder, document notes section, and full screen mode, and adjusted the size and number of lines on the index cards. I’ve even changed the color of the word count bar so it changes from purple (a color I don’t like) to teal (a color I like) as I fill my word count goals. (which it tracks per session and section, and can even be set to pop up with a notification if you hit your goal.) Literature & Latte are asking for a fraction of the price you’ll pay for Word, and after one payment for Scrivener, you own it. I can’t say that about Office 365.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by n3rfus

Image features are very lackluster - I’m very thankful for Scrivener 75% of the time. But my workflow when outlining a project is often dependent on references to images (for research, inspiration as well as for copying photos of my physical notes journal that I take on my phone and sync to Scrivener via dropbox). But there seem to be major memory/resource management issues with Scrivener when it comes to handling images. When you attempt to view a folder containing images in corkboard mode, the whole app hangs up with a beach ball cursor. When you open a large image, it opens at 100% by default, with a hi-res image, this is useless. I’m zoomed all the way in. And moreover, the view menu doesn’t let me specify Fit To Window or 100% or 50% or 200%, there’s only Zoom In or Zoom Out and both are so laggy due to Scrivener’s slow handling of images. Until image handling is improved, Scrivener is a frustrating part of my current process. Using a Pages document with copious inline documents is a far more pleasant experience despite the fact that it’s theoretically far less useful and adaptable for multiple workflows. I don’t know what’s going on under the hood but it seems something needs to be addressed. That said, I love the idea behind this app.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 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 4 out of 4 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 3 out of 7 people