Well, here's what I've done with no results

OK, I’ve been using Scriivener for many years and have a lot of projects in it. I use Scrivener for Windows.
Bought Scrivener iOS this morning and set it up.
I store all my Scrivener work on Dropbox anyway, but decided to use the default folder settings, Apps/Scivener.
So, I just moved all my Scrivener folders into the new Scrivener/iOS folder. This means I have two folders (Fiction/Non-fiction) in Scrivener iOS folder with projects in separate folders beneath that. (At this point I’d like to say that when the Tutorial etc says ‘Move your Scrivener project …’ I’m not clear whether this means the folder or just the .scriv file. Hmm)
Now I can see all my Scrivener folders and contents in Dropbox on my iPad using the Dropbox app. I can also see the same files in the same places on the Desktop. So I’m sure they’re moved.
So I’ve Synced in Scrivener iOS several times (it sure takes a long time).
But there is no sign whatsoever of any of my folders or Scriv files in Scrivener iOS
I then created a new Project from Scrivener iOS called Test1. I can see this listed and I can see this in Dropbox from all points. So I guess Scrivener knows and is using the correct Dropbox account.
Then, because I was wondering whether Scrivener iOS needed to see a .scriv file at the top folder level, I moved an existing .scriv file into the Apps/Scrivener folder. But Scrivener iOS can’t see this file and is not listing it.
I have tried Sync from Windows desktop Scrivener, but I don’t think this is relevant.
Also tried saving the .scriv file that I moved. No sign of it.
So what am I missing? I see lots of people saying, hey, just move the projects into the folder. I don’t think there is any rocket science, but as far as my install is concerned I have no Scrivener projects.
Thanks for any help.

As a control experiment, on your desktop Dropbox folder, try moving (or copying) a scrivener file to the root of the /apps/scrivener folder. At least this way we can eliminate if it’s an issue with subfolders.

You keep refering to a “.scriv” file, but that’s a folder (if you’re using Windows… it looks like a “file” on a Mac however). Are you sure you’re moving the entire .scriv folder and all its contents, or just the .scrivx file? If you’re using a Mac, then disregard my post entirely.


You refer to very different names. apps/scrivener and scrivener/ios and then fiction/non-fiction? It would be nice with a screenshot of your Dropbox folders in Finder, and also one showing the setup of your Dropbox folders on the iOS device.

OK, good point above - I was moving the .scriv folder that looks like a file! So now I’ve moved the actualy Scrivener file to the top level to see if that does anything (god help us if that’s what I have to do). :slight_smile:
As for using different terminology - I was trying to be precise as there’s a lot of terminology flying around (for example, everyone says ‘move your Scrivener project to the Dropbox folder’ without specifying what a ‘Scrivener project’ actually consists of.
(Sorry if this is mudddly)

The only reason to move anything is if 1) you didn’t previously have your Scrivener projects in the Dropbox folder, or 2) if you like me don’t want to download every project I have ever worked on in Scrivener. Otherwise you could just point your iOS Scrivener to your current /Dropbox/Scrivener folder and download all the projects.

I simply made a subfolder – /Dropbox/Scrivener projects/Active projects to which I save my current projects.

OK, for clarity here’s a pic of my Dropbox Apps/Scrivener folder

On having to move files in Dropbox - my Scrivener projects were split between two folders so I thought I may as well move those both to a new master folder, and just used the default option.

And here is what I see from the iOS end.

Let’s define what “project” means then.

On my Windows computer, my project looks like this:
Folder named “BestSelling Novel.scriv”
In that folder, there is a “BestSelling Novel.scrivx” file
There are other folders in the .scriv folder, including a “Files” folder, which contains other files and folders.

The project is all of that, the .scriv folder and all its contents. It’s like and old-fashioned library. A library contains a card catalog and the books referred to by the catalog, as well as helpful things like tables, chairs, lamps, fire extinguishers, etc. Your Scrivener project’s .scriv folder is the entire library, and all its contents must be present for any version of Scrivener work with it. The .scrivx file is like a library’s card catalog. The BestSelling Novel.scriv/Files/Docs sub-folder is where the contents of every entry in your binder are stored (like the books on a library’s shelves). Other folders contain useful (to Scrivener) information that should always travel with the rest of the project, wherever you put it.

I hope that clears it up. You need the entire project in the Dropbox folder that the iOS version of Scrivener has set up.

As I just posted (after you posted this screen shot), the .scrivx file is not the entirety of your project. You must copy/move the entire .scriv folder (which contains that .scrivx file) into Dropbox → Apps → Scrivener. Be sure to let your computer upload all of the project before syncing on your iOS device.

The Windows file browser is labeling the .scrivx file as a “Scrivener project”, but it’s more accurate to think of it as a part of a “scrivener project”. If it labeled a single book from a library as “Library book”, it wouldn’t mean that the book contained the entirety of a library, but rather that it belonged to the library.

Or to be absolutely sure what you are doing:

Open the projects in the desktop Scrivener and SAVE them from there into your …/Dropbox/apps/Scrivener folder

So, put the .scriv folders into the appropriate Dropbox folder that Scrivener is pointed at.
I’ve done that - at least wth a test file.

I have to admit that initially I put all my writing folders into the Dropbox folder, which meant that all the .scriv folders were at least one folder further down the hierarchy. I don’t think anywhere it was made clear that the .scriv folders had to be at ‘root’ level, if indeed that is the case. I have developed a more complex filing system over the years.
Now I’m going to remove all the stuff I put in the Dropbox folder and just put a few .scriv folders back and see what happens.

I’m also experiencing 8 minute Sync times from the iOS Scrivener, which may have something to do with the amount of stuff I dropped in there!

You mean Save As … to create a new version?

Yes! And then you can delete the old version, if you don’t want to keep it as an extra backup.

Yes, I get this - I am putting the .scriv folders into the App/Scrivener folder. That contains everything.

Just testing this at the moment!

So, the last entry in your screenshot of the Dropbox/apps/Scrivener folder shows a .scrivx file hanging out on its own. Is there a duplicate copy of that in the corresponding .scriv folder? If so, delete the .scrivx file. If not, move it back; it needs to be inside the .scriv folder.

I’ve been experiencing the same issue. I just followed the “save as” advice and saved the project to drop box and then moved it into the apps/scrivener folder. I then did a sync on my iPad and boom the project is there. iPhone same response. My concern is that I had not moved my project into that drop box apps/scrivener folder to begin with. I used the sync function from within my desktop version. All of the files moved over and were visible within the drop box app on both my iPad and iPhone just not from the projects menu in the Scrivener IOS app itself. I’m going to go back into the Dropbox folder and delete all the earlier files just leaving the lone file created when I did the save as move. Fortunately it’s a relatively new manuscript and its backs up. I’m curious to see once I remove those files and then make an edit or ten in the project that is now clearly visible in the scrivener app if those edits and the new project will sync or will I have erased that version of my project. God I hope this works. I wrote an entire novel with o e eye to the App Store hoping for this day. Now the second novel has a deadline and I have the app in hand. Hope these bugs work themselves out. I’ll post an update after deleting the older synced files and editing in the new one.

Happy writing all.

Half way home, I guess.
I made some edits. Added a paragraph and then hit sync on the iPad. I then opened the Scrivener app on my iPhone and it informed me changes had been made. Good sign. It asked if I wanted to sync. I did and the edits showed up fine on the iPhone. So, I went to the office and did a sync on the desktop. It ran through the sync but said some items and some folders did not sync. In fact nothing did. All the desktop sync did was recreate the older files that were there when I ran the sync this morning, before trying the “save as” function. So now I know the app works and I’m even more thrilled to have it. But it isn’t going to do me any good if I can’t get the iMac I to the game. Obviously I have some setting on the iMac wrong as it is the only apple device not playing ball. It’s an early 2009 iMac running El Capitan 10.11.5 and I’m running Scrivener 2.7. Okay I see that is outdated and am now updating to 2.8. Hmmmm. The updated version is now there and I have sync with mobile devices as an option. Okay. I just made a fast change on the iPhone and did the sync with mobile devices on my desktop and pow, all the changes made earlier on the iPad and the one just made on the phone are now on the desktop too. I could delete this, but I’m sure someone out there can learn from my mistake which seems to have been running an older version Scrivener. Don’t care what the cause, just want to thank you folks for pointing me to the “save as” option which got the ball rolling.

Happy Scrivener for IOS day from Canada.


Phonse - It sounds like you may have been using the “Sync with External Folder” option in the desktop version? This is for creating an external copy of selected text documents from a given project for use in programs other than Scrivener, so that you could for instance edit a file on your Android device, then sync those changes back into your Scrivener project. It is not used for syncing with Scrivener on iOS–indeed, there’s really very little you’d need to do within Scrivener on the desktop to sync with iOS, as most of the work is done automatically.

All you need to do is have your Scrivener projects stored within the Dropbox folder that you linked from the iOS version. This could be the default /Dropbox/Apps/Scrivener location or something else you selected from the set up prompt in Scrivener on iOS. (From your post, I believe yours is /Apps/Scrivener.) As Robert mentioned above, the Scrivener “project” is really a folder of files; on Windows it shows as a folder with a .scriv ending and on macOS it shows as a single file with a .scriv ending. Once it’s in the Dropbox folder, Dropbox will automatically start syncing it with the online server, and you can watch the Dropbox icon in the menu bar (macOS) or taskbar (Win) to see when it finishes syncing and has the green checkmark. At that point, just tap the Sync icon in Scrivener on iOS to download the projects from the server to the device. (The first time is the longest; after that, Scrivener’s just going to be syncing the changed files within each project; it will include internal files as well as your edited text documents, but it’s typically still going to be a much faster process.)

From that point, when you edit on iOS and then sync iOS, Dropbox will automatically download the changes from the server to your desktop, so when you next open the project on macOS, the mobile changes will be incorporated as part of the process without you needing to do anything. If you left the project open when you worked and synced on iOS, clicking back into the project window should prompt you to sync the changes. If it does not, and you know there are changes you’ve synced from iOS, make sure that Dropbox on your desktop has finished syncing, then try File > Sync > with Mobile Devices to “manually” pull in the changes. If no changes are found, double-check you’ve successfully synced from the iOS device.