Adobe InDesign Alternatives for Linux

    Adobe InDesign is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Scribus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Adobe InDesign and eight of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Adobe InDesign are VivaDesigner (Paid), Laidout (Free, Open Source), reThumbnail (Freemium) and PageStream (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 2, 2021

    1. Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.
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      Scribus vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      Most users think Scribus is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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      I work with designers who send me PDFs as finished products. Sometimes I have to just make a small change here or there, and rather than going through a hassle of contracting someone for 10 minutes of work, I use Scribus to edit the files. I haven't used InDesign because it is too expensive and too much of a hassle to justify purchasing at work. Scribus can do the job that I need it to do. I have also used it to desing my CV and some other small projects, and I am very happy with it.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      Powerful and in-depth, lots of features. You can definitely produce professional work with Scribus. Usability is a mixed bag; get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation). In short: can be quite frustrating, but about as good it gets for professional output at the price of free.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Very powerful layouting tool, as long as you use a newer version.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Very useful and complete. It has everything I need to work with, and the color management is just the best I've tired. I've been working in graphic design with Scribus for five years and it solves all my needs. I'm gonna s.top, because it looks like I'm one of those infomercial people, but I really recommend it.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      It's hideous, poorly designed and just not comparable to the sleek (if easy to learn) professional appeal of InDesign. I haven't used it enough to compare the features but I truly hope there is a better alternative to InDesign somewhere
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      itstimefory2k InDesign has more features than Scribus.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    2. This economically priced high end DTP program is extremely powerful and still very easy to use. With its innovative concepts, you can decisively improve your working processes and document management.
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      VivaDesigner vs Adobe InDesign opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VivaDesigner is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      It has 95-99% of all the features of InDesigner, can read and write Adobe InDesign files based on IDML and is the only app that is also available for the browser without any installation for the client. And last but not least you can buy or rent it and there is even a free version!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    3. Laidout is desktop publishing software, particularly for multipage, cut and folded booklets, with page sizes that don't even have to be rectangular. The whole page view can be rotated to any angle. Warping is implemented.
      Almost everyone thinks Laidout is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      reThumbnail, which is re (re: a prefix that means”again” to indicate repetition) + thumbnail (small image representation to make it easier and faster to look at a video)
      reThumbnail vs Adobe InDesign opinions
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      Not similar at all in function
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      • AmigaOS
      Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. It was originally released under the name Publishing Partner in 1986.


    4. Pagination lets you connect data from any source with custom InDesign layouts, and automatically create beautiful catalogs and price lists.
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    5. Passepartout is a desktop publishing system that is based on the idea of automatic typesetting of streams of XML based text documents.The project was started back in 2002 to facilitate a particular task — creating a newspaper. These days the project is somewhat dormant.

      Discontinued

      The last update was released on August 5th, 2007.

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    6. BroadVision QuickSilver — one of the most powerful document creation and management tools available — enables businesses to create and publish lengthy, complex documents in virtually any language and any format.
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