Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 2.8.1

Last Updated: 1 year ago

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“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 gregohb

$45 wasted on a program that won’t do technical documents - The good part of this app seems to be to organize a novel by using a number of smaller files. Unfortunately it was completely useless fo my purpose of doing technical writing using equations. I did a fair amount of research before buying and found technical writing was one of their featured strengths, and Mathtype was compatible with Scrivener. Unfortunately this was misleading. When I imported documents into Scriv, all of the equations were erased, and would have to be recreated ome by one. Diagrams are difficult or impossible. Even something as simple as a table, won’t allow one to change the width of the columns without affectoing all of them. It turns out this was completely a waste of money. And I found out later that if I bought it directly from them, would get a refund, but not when you buy on Apple’s store. So ripped off again - which is mostly Apple’s policies.

Found helpful by 9 out of 15 people
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 MichaelThwaite

This is not a wordprocessor, it’s left that behind. - The authors of this application take pains to say how this is not a wordprocessor and it's not a tool for creating finished books, documents, etc. but more a tool for getting the words down. I have to call foul. They're being far too modest. I've used this application to create full color illustrated ePub documents as well as instructional material. I'm currently using it to develop a book after upgrading from "Notes". Every once in a while I discover a new feature that reminds me that this isn't a cut down word processer with a focus on creating a story, it's actually a very powerful authoring tool with features and functionality that simple Office products haven't even thought about let alone implemented. If you have any document bigger than a twitter message, consider investing the time to learn the features of Scrivener. Update August 2017; after dalying with Ulysses I’m back.

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 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 8 out of 18 people
Version 2.8.1
Review by mjtrope

Bloated - It’s often too much for my needs, and too complicated, but worked well enough for book and screenplays. I recently purchased a used iPad to use with Scrivener and then found I would have to pay for the software again? We all waited over five years for the iPad version and it doesn’t support iCloud? You have to pay for Dropbox? I think an opportunity for existing users of the Deskstop version to purchase at a discount would have been respectiful to the base supporters. There are numerous other open platform writing programs available that do sync with icloud to make purchasing Scrivener twice… a bad story.

Found helpful by 6 out of 12 people