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Scrivener Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Scrivener for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative 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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Scrivener are bibisco, yWriter, Zettlr and Microsoft Word.

Scrivener alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools 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 Scrivener.
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  1. Manuskript icon

    Manuskript

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FLATHUB
    105 alternatives to Manuskript 

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

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    1.  Support for MarkDownManuskript supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  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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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    Much more efficient than Scrivener because it's way easier to use and everything is where you expect it to be. The worldbuilding tool is simple but enough and it incorporates the snowflake method flawlessly. But you can ignore it just as easily if you wish. The only aspect where it's lacking compared to Scrivener is in the compile options, but you can always compile as docx and use a text editor to get the standard manuscript format right.

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    Guest

    It's a very efficient alternative to Scrivener. It does not require long, lengthy tutorials. If there's one thing I don't like, it's that it's pretty slow. It lags a lot. Another is that it's not an app. And it's hard to look for it if you forgot where you stored it. The third is you can't add images and it's not very customizable like Scrivener is. Those are probably the only three things I don't like. Otherwise, it's extremely easy to use :)

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    KB_Tidwell

    I own Scrivener for Windows and iOS, but my favorite writing machine is a Linux laptop, so here I am. I like that Manuskript closely parallels Scrivener features, throws in a good timeline function that Scrivener doesn't have, but is a lighter, less feature-congested utility. I'm having a great time writing with Manuskript.

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    RCLeahcar

    Manuskript is very much like a free lightweight version of Scrivener; does not have all the whistles and bells but it has a similar interface and workflow. Also has a timeline tracking tool which Scrivener currently does not have

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    Guest

    A intuitive tool that is not overloaded. A basic wordprocessor and a binder. Feels a lot like pen and paper.

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    LapoMelzi

    Even if it is in the early stages, it is smarter than Scrivener. The way it handles revisions is simple and amazing; the Timeline is rough yet great -- and something Scrivener doesn't have; the tracking of characters, locations, plots and every other item in the story is easy and effective. Plus, it is still in development and hasn't reached its full potential. I have been using Scrivener for year, but I am enjoy this opensource baby much more.

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    bibisco

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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Node.JS
    38 alternatives to bibisco 

    bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.

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    1.  Ad-freebibisco doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Portablebibisco can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think bibisco is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    callyw

    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.

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    laurafecco

    simple and very useful to know your characters!

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    Guest

    Bibisco keeps getting in the way. No, dude. I don't want to outline your way. Not only does it insist to make you fill in stuff you don't want to, it doesn't even offer a way to disable it!

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    LapoMelzi

    Too strict in his structure and the same time not thorough enough so that the boxing in would by uselful

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    thatmasquedgirl

    I used bibisco briefly a few years ago, and I remember it being packed to the brim with useful features. It's great for fiction writers because it gives them a variety of fields for defining their character. I felt the software was a bit too bulky for what I wanted, though. The best thing about bibisco is that it's 100% free, which is nice if your funds are limited, or if you aren't making a profit from your writing.

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    Guest

    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?

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    Guest

    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.

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    yWriter

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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    54 alternatives to yWriter 

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

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    1.  PortableyWriter can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  LightweightyWriter consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    yWriter vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think yWriter is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    isahbellah

    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!

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    robyellow95

    For some reason, this reminds me of my high school notebooks: Flipping through pages trying to find crap.

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    Guest

    I hated it. It kept trying to force me to follow its workflow (invented by the author, I think), and I use a different one. Scrivener suits my workflow, and yWriter does not. It is still on my hard drive, however, just in case.

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    Guest

    Written and maintained by a novellist/software developer, yWriter is free to use, has a no-frills UI, supports cloud saving/device sync via Dropbox and Google Drive, takes automatic backups, and has an Android app (my main dealbreaker with Scrivener).

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    Guest

    Free, reliable, logical layout. It also has a phone app that can sync with the desktop app if you use a cloud drive. Lots of other great features.

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    Guest

    In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion.

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    Guest

    have not the same versatility

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    Zettlr

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    117 alternatives to Zettlr 

    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.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownZettlr supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  File TaggingZettlr can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    3.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    4.  Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
    7.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Zettlr vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think Zettlr is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    RCLeahcar

    Zettlr is more of a general note-taking app, and doesn't have the author-oriented features of Scrivener

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    xlin

    Doesn't really serve the same purpose in the same way.

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    Guest

    Zettlr is a fantastic alternative to Scrivener - give it a go. It's brilliant.

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    Microsoft Word

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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    90 alternatives to Microsoft Word 

    Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor. Its proprietary (but open-specification) DOC format is considered a de-facto standard, although from 2007 and...

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Word simultaneously.
    2.  Dark ModeMicrosoft Word supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Spell CheckingMicrosoft Word can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  PDF annotationMicrosoft Word support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    6.  Works OfflineMicrosoft Word can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Microsoft Word vs Scrivener opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Word is still a legitimate alternative to Scrivener, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    MS Word is a nice text editor, but it really doesn't have the ability to make ebooks that stand out like Scrivener does. Scrivener is a complete author's workshop.

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    Guest

    Scrivener is not a word processor. Microsoft Word is nothing but.

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    Guest

    Word has none of the benefits Scrivener brings for organisation, research, collecting and so forth. They couldn't be much more different really.

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    Guest

    MS Word is a word processor, not an authoring tool. It has no knowledge of scenes, let alone characters or locations or items. It has very limited ability to handle text that is about the document but not part of the document and attaches to no specific point, or multiple specific points, in the document.

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    Dendron

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Visual Studio Code
    214 alternatives to Dendron 

    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.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownDendron supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Dendron.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDendron can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Privacy focusedDendron is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Ulysses

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    95 alternatives to Ulysses 

    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 brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.

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    Ulysses vs Scrivener opinions
    Some users think Ulysses is a great alternative to Scrivener, some don't.
    ndas1

    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.

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    Rentry.co

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Console
    • Terminal
    177 alternatives to Rentry.co 

    Rentry.co is a markdown pastebin and publishing service with preview, custom urls and editing. Fast, simple and free.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownRentry.co supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    3.  Command line interfaceRentry.co either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    4.  LightweightRentry.co consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  9. Story Architect (STARC) icon

    Story Architect (STARC)

    • Mac
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    • Chrome OS
    31 alternatives to Story Architect (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.

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    1.  LightweightStory Architect (STARC) consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Spell CheckingStory Architect (STARC) can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    3.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Story Architect (STARC) simultaneously.
    4.  PortableStory Architect (STARC) can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  AutocompletionStory Architect (STARC) can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Story Architect (STARC).
    7.  Distraction-freeStory Architect (STARC) has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    8.  Dark ModeStory Architect (STARC) supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    9.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Story Architect (STARC).
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    oStorybook

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    44 alternatives to oStorybook 

    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 writing texts.

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    Some users think oStorybook is a great alternative to Scrivener, some don't.
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