Microsoft Word Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Microsoft Word for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is LibreOffice - Writer, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Word and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Microsoft Word are WPS Writer (Freemium), Apache OpenOffice Writer (Free, Open Source), ONLYOFFICE (Freemium, Open Source) and Pages (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Mar 18, 2021

    Platforms

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    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Android Tablet
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Google Chrome
    • PortableApps.com
    • Self-Hosted
    • AmigaOS
    • Cloudron
    • ReactOS
    • Node.JS
    • Firefox
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    Features

    • Word processing
    • Real time collaboration
    • Writing tool
    • Export to PDF
    • Compatible with Microsoft Office
    • Notetaking
    • Portable
    • Collaborative writing
    • Spell checking
    • Spreadsheets
    • Team Collaboration
    • Export to ePub
    • Online collaboration
    • Multiple languages
    • Distraction free writing
    • Document sharing
    • Support for MarkDown
    • Works Offline
    • Group collaboration
    • Lightweight

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool. View 80 alternatives to LibreOffice - Writer
      Almost everyone thinks LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • ReactOS
      LibreOffice - Writer vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      KuboFHromoslav If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      33
      LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      31
      It doesn't handle citations and referencing well. With Word you can use Endnote as an add-on. I can't see how to use citations and referencing built-in or add an add-on like Endnote.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      -7
      ion1 LibreOffice is like Windows Word 2010. It is like good old Word, just free.
      Positive comment 14 days ago

      0
      Because it sucks, libraoffice is a great option as alternate choice
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      0
      Akhilesh_T It can do almost everything that Microsoft Word can and is 100% free
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      1
      It does everything word can do, and it's FREE.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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    • WPS Writer, part of WPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with... View 65 alternatives to WPS Writer
      Almost everyone thinks WPS Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      WPS Writer vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      I think WPS Office is the closest you can get to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). It handels .docx witch was my main problem. The WPS Writer may be in a early stage but I see alot of potential of it becomming better, more easy to use, beautiful and more stable.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      7
      SuperMinds It is absolutely free. It also has some incredible features like pdf to word and much more. WPS Office gives all necessary components of MS-Office i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point. The best part is that it is cross-platform.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      1
      Very poor multi language / proofing support.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      5
      AndrewFNAF This is a free, low in size, easy to use alternative to Word, which comes packed with tons of features, even for Students.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      VERY GOOD PROGRAM BUT IT IS NOT OPEN SOURCE so keep that in mind. I, personally, did not use it. but, a friend of mine uses it and spoke greatly about it. He said it deserves 10 out of 10 in every term (Easiness , Responsiveness , Stability , etc.)
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      -2
      Very friendly UI Has almost any thing you might need
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      Has many many features similar to Microsoft Word, and some that it doesn't it. Much more lightweight to run than Microsoft Word. The Spell Check needs some major help.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
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    • Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor. View 70 alternatives to Apache OpenOffice Writer
      Most users think Apache OpenOffice Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Apache OpenOffice Writer vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      martintin_916 It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      2
      rose64bit Microsoft Office is costly and slow, but OpenOffice is free and fast.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      -2
      Poor features and quite complicated interface
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      3
      Centaro No proper implementation of digital signatures.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      2
      Will not use later than Word 97 documents
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      0
    • Open source productivity suite for managing documents, collaborative projects, and CRM. View 54 alternatives to ONLYOFFICE
      Almost everyone thinks ONLYOFFICE is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Cloudron
      ONLYOFFICE vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Risei It has a nice UI, and good support for microsoft document formats.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      1
      If you know how to use Word, the you will feel at home using OnlyOffice. It's feature rich, supports all platforms and even the browser. You can collaborate with other people, and OnlyOffcie respects your privacy. Compared to something like Apple Pages, it's not the cleanest and smoothest experience, but if you have used MS Word og LibreOffice, it won't be a problem.
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

      0
      hudsonrb92 Its one of the best options to Microsoft Office, it has almost all tools. And is by far better then LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      0
      Very similar layout to Microsoft Office so its the best alternative for people use to that. And especially for me, ecuations in google docs and libre office are ugly compare to Microsoft format which OnlyOffice use.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      Clean GUI and fast interface. Excellent for high dpi too.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
    • Create gorgeous documents in minutes with the Pages for Mac word processor — featuring a stunning design, writing tools, and performance. View 75 alternatives to Pages
      Most users think Pages is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Pages vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      rose64bit Microsoft Office Word is expensive and slow, but Pages is free, fast, responsive, and integrates very well with the rest of macOS.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      6
      georgegarner Clean, simple, yet powerful app design puts all of the editing tools within easy reach and without clutter.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      6


    • The perfect free office suite that includes updated versions of WRITER, SPREADSHEET, PRESENTATION and build-in PDF readers. Highly compatible with MS Office. The new WRITER support for converting PDF to DOC/DOCX, plus split and merge PDF file. View 55 alternatives to WPS Office
      Most users think WPS Office is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      WPS Office vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      coth WPWPS Office is an alternative to MS Office. WPS Writer is an alternative to MS Office Word. And it's already listed.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

      9
      wps office contains wps writer (no individual install possible afaik) which is a word alternative
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      5
    • Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. View 92 alternatives to Manuskript
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Manuskript vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Manuskript is an app for planning and writing books. It is not a word processor, or an appropriate alternative to MS Word.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      0
    • LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. View 16 alternatives to LaTeX
      Most users think LaTeX is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      LaTeX vs Microsoft Word
      pros, cons and recent comments
      sbibauw The most powerful document preparation system, for the absolute best result ever.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      forionio16 LaTeX isn't What You See Is What You Get. It's more powerful then word, but require a learning curve.
      Positive comment 2 months ago

      0
    • Working on a project, researching a topic or writing an article? Walling makes it easy to break down your ideas, refine them and visually organize them. View 262 alternatives to Walling
    • bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way. View 34 alternatives to bibisco
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