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  • bibisco icon


    bibisco is a free and open source software for writing novels. With bibisco you can organize chapters and scenes, manage revisions, export novel in pdf or rtf, and...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Java

    • It is actually a better alternative to Scrivener because of its clear, organisation features. I wish I would have discovered this before I purchased Scrivener. Bibisco is much easier to use: You don't need lengthy tutorials to read just to get started. Hands down this is better. callywDec 2016 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • simple and very useful to know your characters! laurafeccoNov 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Bibisco is free, has a very good design and structure that help to create a fiction book outline . The text editor is quite simple and working is quite intuitive. Guest • Dec 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Laughably bad. Scrivener has the good sense to stay out of your way when you know what you're doing bibisco not only got in the way constantly (no, follow OUR tutorial!) it also insisted on doing it in, I kid you not, two inch caps. Is this some kind of joke? Guest • Nov 2017 • 5 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • yWriter icon


    yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    • it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener! isahbellahMar 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Ulysses icon


    Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to...

    Commercial Mac OS X iPhone iPad

    • Primarily oriented towards "scripts" for film, play, etc. Might be useful for (non)fiction writing but does not share the wider array of tools found in Scrivener. ndas1Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Gingko icon


    Write and organize your ideas in Gingko tree documents. Whether building a business or writing a bestseller, Gingko lets your ideas flow naturally into place. ...

    Freemium Web

    • It can't show only the current document, there's no distraction free mode. It always has these columns that drill down. It doesn't have a cork-board mode or anything similar. Gingko is closer to mind mapping software, like Scrapple. Guest • Oct 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Bear icon


    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. KEY FEATURES - Stay organized by...

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac OS X iPhone iPad

  • Manuskript icon


    Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

    • There are many similar layout features compared to Scrivener. It also has a few features Scrivener seems to be missing or doesn't define clearly such as an outline process. However, it is very early development and has many bugs to work out. Guest • Jan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Hemingway Editor icon

    Hemingway Editor

    Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The Hemingway Editor for Mac and PC highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice...

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Web

    • Scrivener is used to organize and write novels; Hemingway Editor is for editing. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Hemingway Editor is primarily an editing tool, and although it's potentially a very useful one, it's not something to write your novel in. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
  • Organon icon


    Organon is a plugin for LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Organon allows to split up large texts into parts, allows tagging and opening parts of the project in new tabs. ...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice

    • Essentially an advanced tree structure for an ongoing manuscript project. Possibly glance-base assistance to find sections but does nothing to contribute to the creative process. ndas1Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Quoll Writer

    Focus on your words not the interface. Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words. Clean and uncluttered. Feature rich. Features are...

    Free Open Source Windows

    • - free -clean, uncluttered interface - easy and intuitive to use Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Shares many features, but little of the clutter. Guest • Sep 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Novlr icon


    Online word processor and organizer for novel writing. Includes detailed, novel-specific statistics, chapter reorganization, and the ability to export your novel.

    Commercial Web

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  • True Novelist icon

    True Novelist

    Writing a novel is a large undertaking. True Novelist was created to make the process as easy as possible for authors.

    Free Web

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    • True Novelist works just like and looks almost identical to Scrivener (making it so there is no learning curb to using it), is purely online so there is no software to download, it is free, gives stats for chapter, entire document, and daily, allows for the setting of daily writing goals, saves automatically and also has snapshots, it has a distraction-free mode, and a night time setting dark theme. True Novelist is truly amazing. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    UV Outliner

    UV Outliner is a small and powerful single-pane outliner. It is intended for creating, organizing, and collecting information. With UV Outliner you can create plans...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.4.4, released in October 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • oStorybook icon


    oStorybook is a free, open source novel-writing software for creative writers, novelists and authors which will help you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

  • Scrollistic icon


    Free writing software for novels and ebooks. Scrollistic is a native windows 10 app for writing chapter based documents such as novels. Scrollistic uses html and css to...

    Freemium Windows Windows RT Windows Phone

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Scrivener Comments

Comment by xlin
about Scrivener · Oct 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Wine compatible.

Forget wine compatibility. I installed my scrivener on wine and it worked for quite some time, then suddenly for no reason that I could fathom it would save something that could't be read. Something in the WINE directory structure was not set up right. I looked for a solution and finally came across an "unofficial" linux version 1.9. This has some problems - I had to install aspel-dev to fix spelling and the toolbar buttons don't all work (the menu does however) all in all, the linux install is better even if it still needs work. I don't fully trust it so I make multitudinous copies.


Bean and zoho are good

Comment by Alexbownsb
about Scrivener · Feb 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam


Bean is the good one that i am personally using. online word editors on the other hand are also good to use. In online tools, i am using Zoho which is a great web-based application that i am using since the last few years. As i have two computers, i am using web-based on one while desktop based on the other.

Comment by tabakis
about Scrivener · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

public beta location for both windows and linux @

For Mac OS X:

For Windows:

For Linux (public beta, version Scrivener Linux beta released 22nd July 2014):

General forum for unofficial Linux version (for other/newer versions):

It is reported, that Windows version does comply/run from Wine to: