Linux Apps for Writers

  • FocusWriter

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during your next writing session, and has many other features that make it such that only one thing matters: your writing.


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  • Artha

    Free Windows Linux Website

    Artha is a handy thesaurus based on WordNet with distinct features like global hotkey look-up, passive desktop notifications, regular expression based search, etc.. Artha may be used as a free open-source replacement to the proprietary WordWeb Pro.


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  • Zotero

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Chrome Safari ... Microsoft Office Word LibreOffice Firefox Website

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox/Chrome extension or standalone program to help you collect, organize, manage, search and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.


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  • Typora

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live preview feature to help you concentrate the content itself.

    It has features of:

    1. Markdown support including tables, code fences with syntax highlight, LaTeX, Table of Contents.
    2. Cross-platform.
    3. The real live preview and WYSIWYG features.
    4. Beautiful interface and Custom CSS theme support.
    5. Easy export

    Typora will only be free during its Beta period. When it gets out of Beta, it will be a paid app.


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  • Vim

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku ... OpenSolaris Website

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.


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  • Haroopad

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did. Haroopad gives you same experiences in editing regardless of the platform you are working on. It runs on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.


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  • ghostwriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    ghostwriter is a Windows and Linux text editor for Markdown, which is a plain text markup format created by John Gruber. For more information about Markdown, please visit John Gruber’s website at .


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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet Chrome Firefox Website

    Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks.


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  • WPS Writer

    Freemium Windows Linux Website

    WPS Writer, part of Small WPS Office iconWPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Small Microsoft Office Word iconMicrosoft Office Word , and can read and edit DOC and DOCX formats. This allows you to freely transfer your office documents between Microsoft Word and WPS Writer.

    The version 2013 is available for free with the name Kingsoft Writer Free 2013.


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  • LibreOffice - Writer

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... ReactOS Website

    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, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message, while Writer will make it look great.


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  • Tomboy

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Website

    Have you ever felt the frustration at not being able to locate a website you wanted to check out, or find an email you found interesting, or remember an idea about the direction of the political landscape in post-industrial Australia? Or are you one of those desperate souls with home-made, buggy, or not-quite-perfect notes systems?

    Time for Tomboy. We bet you'll be surprised at how well a little application can make life less cluttered and run more smoothly.


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  • Turtl

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Self-Hosted ... Chrome Firefox Website

    Turtl is a private place to keep your notes, research, passwords, bookmarks, dream logs, photos, documents and anything else you want kept safe. Turtl's easy tagging and filtering make it ideal for organization and research whether for personal or professional projects.

    Think of Turtl as Evernote with ultimate privacy.

    How is it private?

    Turtl takes your password from when you sign up and uses it to create a cryptographic key. It uses this key to encrypt your data before storing it anywhere on your device or on our servers. Neither your password nor your key are ever stored anywhere. This means that only you and those you choose to share with can read your data.

    Can I share with others?

    Yes! Turtl lets you share with others and does so in a way that keeps your unshared data safe. You control what you share with others and everything else stays completely private.

    Why did you build it?

    Because privacy should be easy.

    Now is a very important time in history. Every aspect of our lives is moving into the digital world faster than we realize. We use apps like Dropbox or Evernote because of their convenience, but in doing so we sacrifice our privacy. What data isn't sold to advertisers or stolen by hackers is carved up by government surveillance. The only way to keep private data private is to either not put it online at all or encrypt it. Encrypting your data can be a big pain. The tools are difficult to learn and one mistake renders all your work useless.

    Turtl fixes all this. It incorporates the best cryptographic practices with a beautiful interface that makes you forget you're using an encrypted app. Best of all, it was built from the ground up to allow you to share with others, so you can collaborate together securely.


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  • Scrivener

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux iPhone iPad ... Wine Website

    Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool created specifically for writers of long texts such as novels and research papers. It won't try to tell you how to write - it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

    Scrivener offers the ability to edit multiple documents, a virtual index card corkboard for storyboarding, outlining, keywords, full screen editing for distraction-free composition, and the ability to export files to word processing for final formatting.


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