Password Protected Projects

Does anybody know whether there is a way of password protecting Scrivener projects?

I’ve read the previous discussions in this forum and the answer appears to be, no! But I thought I’d put it out there in case anyone knows of a work around.


You can use the system app Disk Utility to make an encrypted disk image then place your project into it. After you select your encryption option, you’ll be prompted to set a password. For info see here: … cale=en_US

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scshrugged’s solution is definitely the way forward. The reason why this feature has never been added, incidentally, is that it would give the user a false sense of security. As you may know, a .scriv file is essentially just a folder of files. You can access all of the RTF files inside it by Ctrl-clicking on the .scriv file and choosing “Show Package Contents”. If you copy a .scriv file to a machine that doesn’t have Scrivener installed, or to a Windows machine, it will look and act just like a regular folder. There is no way that password-protection could change this, so if I added password protection for projects, the user might think that the project is 100% free from prying eyes when in fact anyone could still easily access the files underneath.

All the best,