Alternatives to AbiWord for all platforms with any license

  • LibreOffice - Writer icon

    LibreOffice - Writer

    Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Google Drive - Docs icon

    Google Drive - Docs

    Google Docs is an online word processor, part of Google Drive , that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Here's what you can do with Google Docs: • Upload a Word document...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad

  • Microsoft Office Word icon

    Microsoft Office Word

    Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor. Its proprietary (but open-specification) DOC format is considered a...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • LyX icon

    LyX

    LyX is a document processor. It combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX, an advanced typesetting system, with the ease of use of a graphical interface. Although in some respects its user interface resembles that of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • Apache OpenOffice Writer icon

    Apache OpenOffice Writer

    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor. It supports the ISO standard Open Document Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Write! icon

    Write!

    Write! is a distraction-free text editor that boosts your productivity. It supports markdown syntax, spell-checker, cloud integration and much more! Features: Native Cloud Clean UI With Tabs Writing Sessions ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

  • iWork - Pages icon

    iWork - Pages

    Pages is a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool for the Mac. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • WordPad icon

    WordPad

    WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards. It is the successor of Windows 3.1s Write. From Windows 7 Wordpad includes the ribbon user interface.

    Commercial Windows

  • Zoho Writer icon

    Zoho Writer

    An online word processor that lets you create and edit documents in your web browser and save them in the cloud, so that you can share them with anyone. Zoho can allow multiple users to work on a document simultaneously. Import...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome

  • TextMaker icon

    TextMaker

    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice. It's available for free included in the FreeOffice suite. It runs lean (using around 12MB of RAM on my...

    Freemium Windows Linux Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet

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    TeXmacs

    GNU TeXmacs is a free wysiwyw (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists. The software aims to provide a unified and user friendly framework for editing structured documents with different...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Nevron Writer icon

    Nevron Writer

    Nevron Writer is a powerful word processor that can be used for any purpose - from writing a simple document to producing an entire book.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • Fidus Writer icon

    Fidus Writer

    Fidus Writer is an online collaborative LaTeX editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas. The editor focuses on the content rather than the layout, so that with the same text, you can later on...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Atlantis Word Processor icon

    Atlantis Word Processor

    Atlantis is an innovative, no-nonsense word processor carefully designed with the end-user in mind. Compact, fast-loading, but still powerful and efficient, Atlantis will be the perfect companion for a wide range of your word...

    Freemium Windows Windows RT

  • Notion icon

    Notion

    Notion is an expressive and collaborative document editor that gives your ideas a place to grow Drag. Drop. Work as fluidly as you think A unique & effortless way to stay organized Real collaboration in real-time ...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Authorea icon

    Authorea

    Authorea is a collaborative text editor for research. Write and manage your documents in one place.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Airborn OS

    Store and edit documents in the cloud without sacrificing your privacy.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Calligra Words icon

    Calligra Words

    Calligra Words is an intuitive word processor and desktop publisher application. With it, you can create informative and attractive documents with pleasure and ease.

    Open Source Linux KDE

  • Bean icon

    Bean

    Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is Open Source, fully Cocoa, and is available free of charge! MS Word...

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued No longer developed. Last version, 3.2.5, released on March 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Nisus Writer icon

    Nisus Writer

    Nisus Writer feels like home with support for Mac OS X autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. Built from the same core as Nisus Writer Pro, Express features the same elegant user interface and compatibility that has been...

    Commercial Mac

  • DBook icon

    DBook

    DBook is a online service and solution to write large documents in a structured, collaborative and secure way.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Site/service not accessible.
  • WebODF icon

    WebODF

    WebODF is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to add Open Document Format (ODF) support to your website and to your mobile or desktop application. It uses HTML and CSS to display ODF documents.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • AbleWord icon

    AbleWord

    AbleWord is a very capable word processing application that can read and write most popular document formats including PDF's. It is fully featured, supporting image formatting, tables, headers & footers and includes spell...

    Free Windows

  • Mellel icon

    Mellel

    A Multilingual word processor that lets you paste images, objects and make tables.

    Commercial Mac iPad

  • ConstEdit icon

    ConstEdit

    ConstEdit is a word processor that writes documents in the html format, which is the standard internet webpage format. Documents written with ConstEdit can therefore be directly viewed with a web-browser.

    Free Personal Windows

  • Jarte icon

    Jarte

    The Jarte word processor uses Microsofts reliable, fast starting WordPad word processing engine while adding many features missing in WordPad. Jarte can save files as .doc, .rtf, or .txt. It has all the features that most students...

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

  • Simple Words icon

    Simple Words

    Simple Words is an easy-to-use yet robust word processor with a modern user interface, Rich Text processing, and compatibility with all popular file formats.

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued No news from the company since January 2015. Last version of the program can be still bought from the official website.
  • AmigaWriter icon

    AmigaWriter

    Word processing program from Haage and Partner, processed some Amiga formats and is compatible with Microsoft Office 2000.

    Commercial AmigaOS

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed since 2006. Last version, 2.2, can be still bought by Alinea Computer
  • Aspose.Words for Android icon

    Aspose.Words for Android

    Aspose.Words for Android is a Java word processing component that enables developers to generate, modify, convert and render Word documents within their Android applications. Aspose.Words supports DOC, DOCX, OOXML, RTF, HTML, XHTML...

    Commercial Android

  • Documents Viewer icon

    Documents Viewer

    Documents Viewer allows you to preview Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on iPad as Microsoft Office originally displays them. Documents Viewer gives possibility to open password-protected files, print and convert them to PDF, etc.

    Freemium iPad

    • Discontinued The app is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.0, released in April 2014, can be still downloaded from the AppStore.
  • Cisdem PDFSigner for Mac icon

    Cisdem PDFSigner for Mac

    Free Cisdem PDFSigner for Mac lets you sign PDF securely and legally. Even without printer and scanner, you can directly sign PDF with mouse or trackpad or directly add scanned signature in image.

    Free macOS

  • QJot icon

    QJot

    QJot is a relatively small, completely USB portable, alternative rich text editor with Unicode support that saves text files, inserts images and more. Its native format is RTF and it can be used with any script that is supported...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 5.9.1, released in December 2008, can be still downloaded from MajorGeeks.
  • Mariner Write icon

    Mariner Write

    Mariner Write is your Mac OS X go-to word processing tool if your a professional writer, educator or student.

    Commercial Mac

AbiWord Comments

unstable

Comment by kjabq
about AbiWord Feb 2015

it worked fine when using Win7 but is very unstable on Win8.1. Saved docs are jumbled when reloaded. Will have to find another lite writer. Their website says that at present, there is nobody working on the windows application, they seem to be concentrating on Linux

[Edited by kjabq, February 16]

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If it wasn't so unstable...

Negative Comment by Bziur
about AbiWord Jul 2012

It's very unstable (buggy) at least on my x64 system. It seems to leak memory or something, because while working with larger files it freezes, refuses to work, corrupts files, crashes.

ITS A WARNING
Don't use it for files longer than few pages. It may corrupt your work.

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Google Docs

Comment by EmasXP
about AbiWord Jul 2011

If it wasn't for Google Docs, this would be my word processor of choice.

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If you need styles and (automatically) numbered headlines, ...

Comment by mistaecko
about AbiWord Jun 2011

If you need styles and (automatically) numbered headlines, AbiWord is not for you. I found support for styles in AbiWord to be very basic, inconvenient, inefficient and buggy to work with. I couldn't get numbered headlines to work at all, which is a must-have feature for me.
During my short test drive with AbiWord I encountered several other erroneous behaviors that made my experience with AbiWord a disappointing one. Not sure if AbiWord has problems with Windows 7 64bit or my specific system, but it definitely didn't work for me.
I turned to OpenOffice.org Writer to get the job done.

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My word processor of choice! It has all the features I need ...

Comment by Ramsey
about AbiWord Jun 2011

My word processor of choice! It has all the features I need and none I don't, and it's very fast and easy to use! I used OpenOffice.org Writer before switching to AbiWord. As much as I love Writer, it just seems like overkill and was terribly slow for what I needed it for.
I highly recommend AbiWord for home users!

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