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)

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

Twitter: @scrivenerapp

What’s New

Version 3.2.2

Numerous minor bug fixes and stability improvements.

- Fixed a crashing bug related to editing text in page view.
- Fixed bug with headers and footers on older systems.
- Fixed bug whereby “Exactly” and “At most” options in the line spacing panel would throw an error.
- Improved .docx and .rtf import and export.
- Miscellaneous other minor fixes and enhancements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Get Rich or Die Typing ,

Perfect for writing a novel!

I was writing a novel in Apple Pages and found myself keeping notes about current chapters in bullets at the bottom of the file, or in other note-taking apps, or in separate Pages files, along with things like character descriptions. It was messy at best, and required me to keep scrolling around for notes in the manuscript document itself or in other files. Scrivener keeps everything in one place. Notes for a current chapter/scene can be side by side with the text itself as you write, which is great. And the app itself works really well. Not only is the interface extremely well thought-out, things like keeping the text in standard RTF files instead of some hidden proprietary format is great, and reassuring should the Scrivener file itself become corrupted — you can still get your text out. And of course the ability to split chapters/scenes into seperate sections to work on is great, and something I couldn't do with Pages, unless I wanted to create completely separate .pages files. Everything feels far more manageable and productive using Scrivenver and I highly recommend it for writing a novel!

Monkeyboy_Forever ,

Greatest writing software ever

I fell out of love with Scrivener for a while, and moved over to another writing program which was a bit simpler to use. With version 3, I’m now firmly back. I’ve learnt that it’s best not to try and get overwhelmed by Scrivener’s many options. Indeed, it’s possible to use it straight out of the box without feeling the need to learn very single facet of the program. Even if you just use its organizational features at their simplest, taking advantage of the binder to put things in appropriate folders, it makes the writing process a whole lot smoother. The look has been given a makeover as well, and it looks a lot more like a macOS program than the previous version. It’s all very slick. Scrivener, I’m sorry I left you. Never again! A great piece of software all round, and one that should be in every writer’s arsenal, no matter what you write.

AllMyNumberedBones ,

An ordered system for an ordered mind

Update: Just completed my second book in Scrivener. It's been so much better than mucking around with WP and files all over the place. Well worth the investment.

Outstanding support when you've got a problem.


I took up writing as a hobby after I retired. Short stories are my thing, but I might venture into a novel one day.

Originally, I used Apple Pages and the Mac filing system to order my work and research notes. This is fine, but requires a lot of tracking to keep everything in order, so I found that I was also using spreadsheets to make notes of progress and why I had collected stuff (stuff!).

Scrivener provides a complete method to do all of this, and more tools than the average writer will need in a lifetime. I've synthesised what I need from it, which is by no means everything, and set up template projects tuned to my short story format.

I can now produce a camera-ready document to go straight to the printer (which I've done - a print of 50 copies!), and will eventually have a go at eBook publishing.

So I'm happy.

Scrivener 3 has one or two niggles, partly because it offers so much functionality, and the helpdesk response can be quite slow, even for basic problem solving. But it's a much better working environment for writing than anything else I've used.

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