Open Source Scrivener Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Scrivener is Manuskript, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Scrivener and 13 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Scrivener are bibisco (Freemium, Open Source), Zettlr (Free, Open Source), Quoll Writer (Free, Open Source) and LyX (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 10, 2021

    1. Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable. * Screenplay editor: Enforces correct script format and pagination, auto-completion, and spell checking.


      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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      Trelby is for screenwriters, not for novelists.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

    2. Storybook 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 writing books, novels or other written works.


      The project is no longer developed since 2008.

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    3. Online collaborative multi-section document-writing tool.
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