Scrivener for Linux is not a supported platform currently. Scrivener
for Linux will keep its beta status until we worked out how we are
going to support this platform moving forward.

This beta will expire 31st March 2012.

Here is the readme file:
Thank you for downloading Scrivener for Linux. Please take a moment to
read this document before installing.

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool that allows writers to
concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
While it gives complete control of the formatting, its focus is on
helping users get to the end of that awkward first draft. Scrivener lets
writers work in any order they want and gives them tools for planning
and restructuring their work . Whether you like to plan everything
in advance, write first and structure later, or do a bit of both, Scrivener
supports the way you work. Scrivener runs on Windows, Mac and Linux and is
used by all kinds of writers including novelists, short-story writers,
screenwriters, playwrights, comedians, lawyers, journalists, lecturers,
academics and students, biographers and memoirists, business and
technical writers, comics and graphic novel writers, translators,
songwriters and more.

When you first run Scrivener, the new project dialog will be
displayed. If this is the first time you have used Scrivener, you will
most likely want to open up the ‘Interactive Tutorial’ first (see

To get you up and running as quickly as possible, Scrivener comes with
an Interactive Tutorial project. It is strongly recommended that you go
through this tutorial the first time you use Scrivener, as it provides
an interactive overview of the main features. To open the tutorial,
launch Scrivener and double-click the Interactive Tutorial icon in the
New Project dialogue window. Click ‘Continue’ in the message box that
appears, then in the ‘Save As’ dialogue, enter a file name for the
interactive tutorial project, e.g. ‘Tutorial’. Click the ‘Save’ button.
Your interactive tutorial will now be created at the location and with
the file name you specified.

The tutorial is itself just an ordinary Scrivener project. Once
the tutorial project appears, click on the document entitled ‘START HERE’
in the list on the left of the Scrivener window to begin (if it is not
already selected). The tutorial should take around two hours to
complete, after which you will be a Scrivener aficionado, ready to begin
your own project and import any existing work. Please refer to the Windows
Scrivener Manual (available by choosing ‘Scrivener Manual’ from the
Help menu) for more detailed descriptions of Scrivener’s features.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to read a detailed manual or sit through
a two hour tutorial right now, consider the Quick Tour in the Windows user manual,
which is designed to be a 15 minute introduction to the absolute basics.

Please note that Scrivener for Linux does not support all the features Windows or
Mac does. PDF preview, doc and docx import are the most obvious examples. Getting
text into Linux from these sources is easiest by copy and pasting currently.

I hope you find using Scrivener for Linux a pleasurable experience.


Lee Powell

8th Nov 2011

Thank you for the linux version.

Scrivener is the only proprietary software I use for creative work-- it even motivated me to buy a MacBook Pro (making OSX the only proprietary operating system I still use). I’m so grateful the Linux version is developing nicely. That OSX partition is getting used less and less.

Scrivener is one of the very few non-FLOSS projects for which I have much respect. The software may be proprietary and closed source, but the attitudes are open and respectful.

Thank you, again.

I just installed scrivener on Gentoo (with deb2tgz) and I must say I am very impressed. I’ve been tinkering with both Storybook ( and Sigil ( for awhile now and Scrivener has the potential to replace them both.

Thank you for providing a Linux release. It’s rare to find commercial Mac / Windows developers that are also willing to support Linux natively, and I appreciate your willingness to provide an excellent application to the Linux community.

Please keep up the good work and let us know when the commercial release will be ready for Linux - I will happily pay the registration fee.


This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for and am delighted to see it.

My question is: I’ve “earned” the 2011 NaNoWriMo discount. Will this apply to the Linux version when it goes on sale? :smiley:

Doesn’t hurt to ask, I guess!