AlternativeTo Logo

Typewriter Alternatives

Typewriter is described as 'Once upon a time, people pounded out their memos and missives on a typewriter. There was no backspace, spell check, or fancy formatting, just forward movement, and muttered obscenities when you screwed up. Typewriter brings some of that ink-stained experience back' and is a Word Processor in the news & books category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Typewriter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is FocusWriter, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Typewriter are WriteMonkey, Byword, Q10 and Dark Room.

Typewriter alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Text Editors or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Typewriter.
This page was last updated Oct 22, 2018
  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

Once upon a time, people pounded out their memos and missives on a typewriter. There was no backspace, spell check, or...

Learn more about Typewriter

  1. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

  2. Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.



  3. Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

  4. Q10 is a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind.

    Discontinued

    Last version dates from 2011.

  5. Dark Room

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text.



  6. ZenWriter

    • Mac
    • Windows

    ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow.

  7. SSuite NoteBook Editor

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SSuite NoteBook Editor is a free portable text editor that has all the functionality to start you on writing that important novel, short-story or article, with enough bells and whistles to help out.

  8. Cold Turkey Writer won't let you quit until you finish your work. Like, literally will not quit.

  9. For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Requires Mac OS X 10.7+

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer available for iOS. The Mac version, v3.2.1, released in August 2012, can be still bought from the AppStore.

  10. PyRoom

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    PyRoom is a free editor that stays out your way - and keeps other things out of your way, too.

    Discontinued

    The last entry on the dev blog dates from 2010.

Showing 10 of 21 alternatives