Linux Apps for Writers

C.A.
C.A. List by C.A. , last updated 2022-10-01
  1. Athens icon

    The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • ...
    Athens screenshot 1
  2. Trilium Notes icon

    Trilium Notes is a hierarchical note taking application.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Cloudron
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Trilium Notes screenshot 1
  3. Logseq icon

    Logseq is a platform for knowledge sharing and management. It focuses on privacy, longevity, and user control. Notice: the backend code will be open-sourced as soon as we’re sure that the backend service meets the security standards.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Logseq screenshot 1
  4. Obsidian icon

    Obsidian is a note-taking app that lets you create a personal knowledge graph with ease. It is designed for non-linear thinking and allows you to easily link your notes together wiki-style.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • ...
    Obsidian screenshot 1
  5. ONLYOFFICE icon

    ONLYOFFICE is an open-source online collaborative office combining editors for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. It is compatible with all popular formats and features maximum support for MS Office files.

    • Word Processor
    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    ONLYOFFICE screenshot 1
  6. novelWriter icon

    novelWriter is a Markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents. It uses its own flavor of Markdown that supports a meta data syntax for comments, synopsis and cross-referencing between files.

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    Screenshot of older version
  7. Doom Emacs icon

    Doom is a configuration framework for GNU Emacs tailored for Emacs bankruptcy veterans who want less framework in their frameworks and the performance of a hand rolled config (or better). It can be a foundation for your own config or a resource for Emacs enthusiasts to learn...

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    Doom Emacs screenshot 1
  8. Notational FZF icon

    Vim is great for writing. But it isn't optimized for note-taking, where you often create lots of little notes and frequently change larger notes in a separate directory from the one you're working in.

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    Notational FZF screenshot 1
  9. oStorybook icon

    oStorybook is a free, open source novel-writing software for creative writers, novelists and authors which will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing texts.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • ...
    oStorybook screenshot 1
  10. Typora icon

    Typora gives 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. Instead, it provides a real live preview feature to help you concentrate on the...

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    Typora screenshot 1
  11. Scrivener icon

    Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

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    Scrivener screenshot 1
  12. Syncthing icon

    Use it to sync your documents across devices via 2p2, without the need for cloud storage.

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Syncthing screenshot 1
  13. GNU Diff Utilities icon

    GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.

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  14. Neovim icon

    Neovim is Vim out of the box.

    • Code Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD
    • ...
    Neovim screenshot 1
  15. Heimer icon

    Heimer is a desktop application for creating mind maps and other suitable diagrams. It's written in Qt and targeted for Linux and Windows.

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    Simple mind map of Heimer itself running on Ubuntu 18.04
  16. Sigil icon

    Sigil is a multi-platform ebook editor. It is designed to edit books in ePub format.

    • Ebook Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    Book View
  17. Plume Creator icon

    With Plume Creator, organize your writing projects ! Scenes, notes, characters,... Rich Text editing, full screen editing and multiple projects …

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    Plume Creator screenshot 1
  18. Markdown icon

    Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

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    Markdown screenshot 1
  19. Taskwarrior icon

    Taskwarrior is an ambitious project bringing sophisticated capabilities to a simple and elegant productivity tool. You'll find it has customizable reports, charts, GTD features, Lua extensions, device synching and more, all while our international team provides excellent...

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    Taskwarrior 1.9.3 Blue Theme
  20. Todo.txt icon

    Track your tasks and projects in a plain text file, todo.txt. A todo.txt is software and operating system agnostic; it's searchable, portable, lightweight and easily manipulated.

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    Todo.txt screenshot 1
  21. draw.io icon

    Note: This software is now renamed as "diagrams.net", however, it is still popularly known as "draw.io".

    • Mind Mapping Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Notion
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • PortableApps.com
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • ...
    Use the diagram editor in dark mode. Go to app.diagrams.net/?splash=0&ui=dark
  22. Manuskript icon

    Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

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    Manuskript screenshot 1
  23. Org mode icon

    Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.

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    Org mode screenshot 1
  24. Sync.com icon

    Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from everywhere - your privacy guaranteed.

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    Sync.com screenshot 1
    Sync.com screenshot 2
    Sync.com screenshot 3
  25. Simplenote icon

    Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Simplenote screenshot 1
  26. Nulis icon

    Nulis makes the process of outlining your stories, articles, or books easy, fun, and convenient.

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    Nulis screenshot 1
  27. Dia icon

    Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license.

    • Diagram Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • Xfce
    • DragonFly BSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD
    • ...
    Dia screenshot 1
  28. Vim icon

    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.

    • Code Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • OpenSolaris
    • MorphOS
    • ...
    Vim screenshot 1
  29. Vim Outliner of Markups Turns Vim into a two-pane outliner.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • ...
    VOoM screenshot 1
  30. vim-anywhere icon

    Once invoked, vim-anywhere will open a buffer. Close it and its contents are copied to your clipboard and your previous application is refocused.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • ...
  31. Wasavi icon

    wasavi is an extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox. wasavi transforms TEXTAREA element of any page into a VI editor, so you can edit the text in VI. wasavi supports almost all VI commands and some ex commands.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Wasavi screenshot 1
  32. WriteMonkey icon

    Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

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    The interface, full screen.
  33. Dropbox icon

    Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed. Because copies of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile...

    • Cloud Storage Service
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    Dropbox screenshot 1
  34. calibre icon

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    • Ebook Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Homebrew
    • ...
    calibre screenshot 1
  35. Tomboy icon

    Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.

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     Always there for the grabbing.
  36. Client/server software, human language dictionary databases, and tools supporting the DICT protocol (RFC 2229).

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  37. Tusk icon

    Tusk is an unofficial, featureful, open source, community-driven, free Evernote app.

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    Tusk screenshot 1
  38. TreeSheets icon

    The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases. Suitable for any kind of data organization, such as To-do lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering...

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    TreeSheets screenshot 1
  39. proselint icon

    Writing is notoriously hard, even for the best writers, and it's not for lack of good advice — a tremendous amount of knowledge about the craft is strewn across usage guides, dictionaries, technical manuals, essays, pamphlets, websites, and the hearts and minds of great...

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Python
    • ...
  40. ultra_outliner icon

    An ultimate outlining software for story writers. It is aimed especially for screenwriters, but can be used as well as for outlining novels, tales and any kind of stories.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • ...
    ultra_outliner screenshot 1
  41. Evil icon

    Evil is an extensible vi layer for Emacs. It emulates the main features of Vim, and provides facilities for writing custom extensions.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • GNU Emacs
    • ...
  42. AbiWord icon

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.

    • Word Processor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • GTK+
    • Flatpak
    • AmigaOS
    • ...
    AbiWord on Linux
  43. TV Tropes icon

    TV Tropes is a wiki that collects and expands descriptions and examples on various conventions and devices (tropes) found within creative works.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • ...
  44. Mermaid icon

    Ever wanted to simplify documentation and avoid heavy tools like Visio when explaining your code? This is why mermaid was born, a simple markdown-like script language for generating flowcharts, Gantt charts and sequence diagrams from text via JavaScript.

    • Diagram Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • JavaScript
    • Node.JS
    • ...
    Mermaid screenshot 1
  45. LyX icon

    LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG). LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a GUI.

    • LaTeX Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    • Flathub
    • ...
    LyX screenshot 1
  46. Vivaldi icon

    Vivaldi is extremely customizable, presenting a wide range of settings and built-in features designed to put the user in control.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • ...
    Vivaldi screenshot 1
  47. FocusWriter icon

    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...

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    FocusWriter screenshot 1
  48. Artha icon

    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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flathub
    • ...
    Artha screenshot 1
  49. StackEdit icon

    StackEdit is a free, open-source Markdown editor based on PageDown, the Markdown library used by Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange sites.

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    StackEdit 5 - Split interface (Dark)
  50. Pandoc icon

    Pandoc is a Haskell library for converting from one markup format to another, and a command-line tool that uses this library.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • ...
    Pandoc screenshot 1
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This list was created by C.A. Jun 15, 2018 and was last updated Oct 1, 2022. The list has 62 apps.

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