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Byword is described as 'is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad' and is a popular app in the office & productivity category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Byword for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and Android. The best alternative is Zettlr, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Byword are Mark Text, Manuskript, Dendron and FocusWriter.

Byword alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Byword.
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Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

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  1. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZettlr supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingZettlr can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
    ⚫︎ LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    The Berlin Theme (dark mode)
  2. Mark Text support CommonMark Spec and GitHub Flavored Markdown Spec. And it is a realtime preview eidtor, what you type is what you see finally.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownMark Text supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMark Text supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingMark Text supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    GitHub Flavored Markdown


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

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownManuskript supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningManuskript has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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  4. Dendron icon

    Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownDendron supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Dendron.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDendron can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedDendron is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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  5. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableFocusWriter is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableFocusWriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. No excuses. No distractions. Just write. ghostwriter is a feature-rich text editor using Markdown syntax which makes it suitable for note-taking, document redaction, simple HTML website creation and much more.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownghostwriter supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modeghostwriter supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Lightweightghostwriter consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portableghostwriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Spell Checkingghostwriter can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ Syntax Highlightingghostwriter supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStackEdit can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    StackEdit 5 - Split interface (Dark)
  8. Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownBear supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingBear supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Bear.
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  9. iA Writer icon

    iA Writer

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    The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXiA Writer supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeiA Writer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  10. Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

    ⚫︎ Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in WriteMonkey to stay focused and productive.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableWriteMonkey is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownWriteMonkey supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ PortableWriteMonkey can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    The interface, full screen.
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