Scrivener (software)

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Original author(s) Keith Blount
Developer(s) Literature and Latte
Initial release 2007-01-20
Stable release

Mac OS X 2.6.0 / October 20, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-10-20) [1]

Windows 1.8.0 / December 3, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-12-03) [2]
Preview release Linux BETA [3] / July 22, 2014; 7 months ago (2014-07-22)
Operating system Mac OS X, Windows (iOS in development / Linux in Beta)
Type text editor, personal information manager
License proprietary (shareware)

Scrivener is a word-processing program designed for authors. Scrivener provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata. This allows the user to organize notes, concepts, research and whole documents for easy access and reference (documents including text, images, PDF, audio, video, web pages, etc.). After writing a piece of text the user may export it to a standard word processor for formatting.


Features include a corkboard, the ability to rearrange files by dragging-and-dropping virtual index cards in the corkboard, an outliner, a split screen mode that enables users to edit several documents at once, a full-screen mode, and "snapshots" (the ability to save a copy of a particular document prior to any drastic changes). Because of its breadth of interfaces and features, it has positioned itself not only as a word processor, but as a literary "project management tool", and includes many user-interface features that resemble Apple's software-development environment Xcode.

Keith Blount created (and continues to maintain) the program as a tool to help him write the "big novel", allowing him to keep track of ideas and research. It is built mostly on libraries and features of OS X from version 10.4 onward. In 2011 a Windows version of the software was released, written and maintained by Lee Powell.

Macintosh compatibility[edit]

The latest version of Scrivener for Mac OS X is version 2.6.[4]

The direct sale version can be installed on Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later. The same version can be obtained from the Mac App Store, but since the Mac App Store application only runs on 10.7 and later versions of Mac OS X, is not available for purchase or installation on OS 10.6.

The company also makes Scrivener 2.5 available for earlier version of OS X, but claims it is "the final version of the software that was built to run on PPC or Intel systems running OS X 10.4 or 10." This version is available on the direct sale page in the sidebar titled "Mac OS X 10.4–5 and PowerPC".

In addition to the Scrivener version 2 releases, the direct download page provides access to the obsolete version 1.54, but licenses are no longer available for purchase. The 1.54 release is compatible Mac OS X versions 10.4 through 10.6.

Windows compatibility[edit]

The latest version of Scrivener for Windows is 1.8.0.[5]

The Windows version is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Linux compatibility[edit]

There is no official release for Linux, but there is a public beta version. The Windows version is regularly run on Linux using the WINE compatibility software.[6]


  1. ^ "Change List: Scrivener Mac OS X". Literature and Latte. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "1.8.0 Released - 3rd Dec 2014". Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Scrivener Linux beta released 22nd July 2014". Literature and Latte. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Scrivener for Windows". Literature and Latte. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 

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