Beat is an elegant screenwriting app with focus on story structure. It has as little distractions as possible to let you concentrate on writing. The app was created by a screenwriter for other screenwriters.

Beat lets you write in a flow. Just start typing and let Beat take care of the formatting.

The app is totally free and open source, and will remain so – most importantly because free creative software can enable new, aspiring artists from different backgrounds. There might a paid "pro" version later in the future to cover up the costs of the development, but the core app will always be free of charge.

- Great outlining tools, such as Timeline and Index Cards
- Uses Fountain files, which means you can open your screenplays in multiple other apps
- Night mode
- Automatic scene numbering
- Auto complete for scene headings and character names
- Final Draft import and export
- PDF export
- Revision/edit tracking
- Easy scene filtering
- Many additional tools, including gender analysis and productivity timer
- Plugin support

What’s New

Version 1.92.8

New features
• Collapse and expand sections in Outline View
• Drag & drop whole sections in Outline View

Buf fixes
• Fixed a bug with Find & Replace bar
• Localization bugs fixed
• Fixed a bug with filtering scenes by name
• Drag & drop bugs in Outline View fixed

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

T. Nathan ,

Just what I was looking for

Based on the older (sadly removed from App Store) open source Writer app, this has just the right amount of features with a helpful focus on just writing. So much less bulky than others like Highland, and free!

This is my next review ,

Best Fountain Writing App Out

I love the simplicity yet power of this app. The timeline and notecard feature are some of the best in the industry. And best of all it's open source!

Thank you for spending your time making this and I can't wait for the iOS version.

Anthony Huben ,

Think Less, Write More

Little features add up, and this app sure is jam-packed with a wide range of doodads to help you get work DONE. Great for brainstorming. I use the name database and timeline all the freaking time. Sooo what are you waiting for?! Download it today!

App Privacy

The developer, Lauri-Matti Parppei, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.