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 most popular Linux alternative is Small Scribus iconScribus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 39 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 Small VivaDesigner iconVivaDesigner (Paid), Small Laidout iconLaidout (Free, Open Source), Small reThumbnail iconreThumbnail (Freemium) and Small PageStream iconPageStream (Paid).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Sep 8, 2020

  • Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    Gu
    absolute pain in the $$$ to work with. lacks basic functionality like showing up the font you select in the actual page

    Negative comment • more than a year ago • 38 users agree and 24 don't.

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    Gu
    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.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 7 users agree and 3 don't.

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    Gu
    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get ready to meet plenty of quirks and learn some hacks which which really shouldn't be necessary (and some patchy, outdated documentation).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.

    Positive comment • more than a year ago • 8 users agree and 4 don't.

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  • VivaDesigner is the first high end typesetting and layout program in the world for both desktop and Web.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Adobe InDesign.
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    Gu
    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 • more than a year ago • 3 users agree.

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  • Laidout is desktop publishing software, particularly for multipage, cut and folded booklets, with page sizes that don't even have to be rectangular.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Linux
  • Design attention grabbing thumbnails for your videos in less than 60 seconds! No design skills needed.
    • Freemium
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Pagestream is a proprietary desktop publishing program for Linux, Windows, Macintosh, and Amiga. It was originally released under the name Publishing Partner in 1986.
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AmigaOS
  • Pagination lets you connect data from any source with custom InDesign layouts, and automatically create beautiful catalogs and price lists.
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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
  • Passepartout is a desktop publishing system that is based on the idea of automatic typesetting of streams of XML based text documents.

    Discontinued

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

    • Free • Open Source
    • Linux
  • BroadVision QuickSilver enables businesses to create and publish lengthy, complex documents in virtually any language and any format.
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    • Windows
    • Linux