Viewing MHT files inline

Thanks much on supporting MHT files for including web pages as notes – it’s far, far more convenient than dealing with mangled print-to-PDFs, while still actually capturing most of the page. That said, any chance you could embed an IE/webkit instance so the files can be rendered in place? It’s nice to be able to write with reference material properly side by side with one’s texts. Hopefully this is already in the plans and just didn’t make it into this revision.

The ability to view the MHT files directly in Scrivener is scheduled for the next major update; it requires an update to the overall Qt framework Scrivener is using (and I believe there are a few bugs in Qt with rendering the MHT files, so we’re hoping too those will be worked out quickly) so it wasn’t something we were able to include in 1.7, but we wanted to start laying the groundwork for it, since the MHT format is as you say, a much more complete archive format than anything we were able to offer previously.

Oh, that’s great news! I’ll go ahead and switch my references over in anticipation now, as it really is much better already. Thanks and thanks for the quick response!

Thanks - thanks - thanks for the MHT-support!!!

But users, pls take care before updating to this new Scrivener version;

As indicated earlier in this thread, MHT files are not shown yet in the internal Scrivener editor.

However, there is no more possibility to import webpages as HTML files.

So if you are in the middle of a big project and imported a lot of webpages before, the older HTML webpages are shown in the internal Scrivener editor; newly added MHT files are not shown and to be opened in an external web browser.

This hampers the workflow tremendously.

Hope that this issue will be resolved soon - or pls Scrivener team somehow re-add the HTML import in the meantime.

If I had known this before, I would not have updated my Scrivener version yet.



Hope I’m not late to the party, or jumping horses in mid-stream … but I’m grateful for this topic. I’ve missed the Apple “.webarchive” feature, which is not available in Win or Linux apps.This reference to .mht (which I was not familiar with, having avoided anything IE-related) led to a discovery of a plug-in for Firefox which not only adds .mht ability but also provides the .maff function (compressed .zip archive) which is very like .webarchive in nature.

Linking to the .maff file (“look up & add external reference”) opens it in Firefox. (Scriv for Linux 1.6.n works well; Scriv for Win 1.7.n under Wine breaks the link :frowning: )

A folder of .maff research material alongside the .scrivx project file preserves linked resources and affords compressed storage, a great feature!

Question: will a future update of Scrivener be able to open the .maff (compressed .mht) files, similar to .webarchive files? Thanks.

Hallo Graybyrd,

Just to clarify the MHT facilities: The file format MHT (saving a webpage in one single file) is not linked to IE only, but works directly with OPERA and FIREFOX as well.

Therefore it is a most convenient tool to archive webpages within the Windows explorer, without using a separate archive program.

For Firefox, there are two MHT addons available:

  1. UnMHT at

  2. Mozilla Archive Format with MHT and MAFF at … ve-format/

In my experience, saving and working with MHTs in OPERA is much faster than via the addons in FIREFOX.

BR silfida

Dear Scrivener team,

Since the “old” HTML-Websites cannot be imported any longer - and the “newly” imported MHT are not shown yet in the internal Scrivener editor, my question is:

Is it possible to install the old Scrivener version 1.5x and the new version 1.7 simultaneously, and to work with the old version until the MHT-viewing problem is solved?

(As written before, I have already updated to the new version - in the middle of a 2-years project - and done all the research work so far with HTML-websites imported / stored and viewed in Scrivener. This is a hampering problem now opening each new MHT-file actutally in the external web browser).

Thanks again for your help & BR


You could reinstall your older version of Scrivener, but I’m not sure I see the advantage to running both side-by-side. How is that any more helpful than opening the MHT file externally? You certainly couldn’t have the same project open in two version simultaneously, and you’d find some occasional glitches (mainly with compile) when opening a 1.7.2-edited project in 1.6.1 because of the changes.

Have you tried importing the webpages as PDFs? These can be viewed in the editor. You could also get the same dynamic webpage viewing as previously by using document or project references rather than importing to the binder. Right-clicking the reference in the inspector gives you the option of loading it in the editor.

Hallo Jennifer,

Thanks for your technical input. Importing PDFs and working with references might be a another solution for the meantime. But having hundreds of HTMLs already imported, this would mess up our resarch system.

So I wanted to use version 1.6 for the purpose of importing and viewing websites in the research folder only. Version 1.7 is already installed and has so excellent new features. Took the risk and found the following solution which works fine:

  1. Installed the new version 1.7 on the hard disk C: (Windows 7)

  2. Installed the old version 1.6 on a virtual space with a program called Sandboxie at

So the settings of both Scrivener versions won’t interfere.

Opening the original Scrivener file in v1.6 now still has the feature of importing and viewing HTML-files with a simple click.

Opening the original Scrivener file in v1.7 shows the freshly imported HTMLs.

I would not go further in processing or compiling the file due to your technical considerations. Once the new MHT viewing feature works well, the old Scrivener version can simply be deleted and work be continued with the new version.

Maybe this might help others as well.