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Open Source Final Draft Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Final Draft is Manuskript. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Final Draft and seven of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Final Draft are KIT Scenarist, Trelby, OmniaWrite and Story Architect (STARC).

Final Draft alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Final Draft.
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  1. 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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    Manuskript vs Final Draft opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Manuskript is still a legitimate alternative to Final Draft, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Manuskript is for novels. Final Draft is for screenplays.

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    Manuskript is not a scriptwriting program.

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    jre

    Manuskript is more for "quite complex" novels. Not really for screenplays.

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    Manuskript is for writing novels.

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    KIT Scenarist

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    KIT Scenarist is a free and open source application for creating screenplays on desktops and commercial on mobiles.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in KIT Scenarist simultaneously.
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    Almost everyone thinks KIT Scenarist is a great alternative to Final Draft.
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    It is free and easy to use with very little setup!

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    Trelby

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableTrelby is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.2, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    It's faster and easier than Fianl Draft and has converting options to many formats.

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    OmniaWrite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS

    OmniaWrite is a next-generation cross-platform plain text editor engineered for creative writing. It is perfect for writing novels, lyrics, poems, essays, drafts and screenplays.

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    Discontinued

    Appears to be discontinued. Main repository is set to Read-Only and last update was in March of 2021.

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  5. STARC - A smooth yet powerful screenwriting experience for devoted authors. With only wanted features and native workflow it runs faster than all your previous apps combined.

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStory Architect (STARC) can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Story Architect (STARC) simultaneously.
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    Page 2 Stage

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Page 2 Stage is screenwriting software designed expressly for people writing screenplays, scripts, and plays. It provides numerous features needed by screenwriters not found in standard word processors.

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    Discontinued

    Discontinued

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    Scrite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Scrite is an open-source app to make screenplay writing fun, engaging and productive. You will always be able to write for free using the Scrite app.

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