Introducing Scrivener 3 for macOS

Scrivener 3 is now available for macOS with a 45% discount for existing customers and $59.99 for new users.

Scrivener 3 is a major update to Scrivener that not only brings some very cool new features but also improves and simplifies what was already there. To name just a few improvements:

  • The interface has been overhauled and modernised.
  • Compile has been redesigned and is now not only easier to use but also more flexible.
  • The text system now has a full styles system (which is even more powerful when used with the new Compile).
  • View index cards on coloured threads based on label colour (great for tracking different storylines or anything else).
  • Epub 3 and improved Kindle export have been added.
  • Keep track of how much you write each day using Writing History.
  • Improved Custom Metadata allows you to add checkboxes, dates and list boxes to the Inspector and outliner.
  • Enhanced outlining.
  • Corkboard and outliner filtering.
  • Refer to up to four documents in the main window using the new “Copyholders” features.
  • Quickly find any document in your project using the new Quick Search tool.
  • See draft and session progress bars in the toolbar.
  • The powerful new Bookmarks feature replaces Project Notes, References and Favorites, and allows you to view oft-needed documents right in the Inspector.
  • Use “Dialogue Focus” to pick out all the dialogue in your text.
  • Export rich text to MultiMarkdown or Pandoc.
  • Broadened support for technical formats via Markdown output and custom post-processing.
  • macOS:
    • Extensive Touch Bar support added.
    • Modernised and rewritten codebase for 64-bit. Scrivener is faster, more stable and ready for the future.

See the Scrivener product page for more on Scrivener 3.

Buying or Updating to Scrivener 3 on macOS

Scrivener 3 is available now for macOS. For more information, please visit the features page. To buy, click “Buy Now”.

If you own an earlier version of Scrivener for macOS that was bought through our web store, or through a vendor that refers you to our web store (such as Amazon), you are eligible for an upgrade discount.

If you purchased Scrivener 2 on or after 20th August  2017, you can update to Scrivener 3 for free.

If you purchased Scrivener 2 before that date, you can update to Scrivener 3 with a 45% discount.

To upgrade from an earlier version and claim your discount:

Please follow the link below for instructions on how to claim your discount:

How to Upgrade to Scrivener 3 for macOS

Problems upgrading?

If you have any problems updating from an earlier version, please email us at

Mac App Store Users

Scrivener 3 is available on the Mac App Store right now. Unfortunately, however, the Mac App Store does not offer any way of providing discounted upgrade pricing. This means that if you want to buy Scrivener 3 on the Mac App Store, you’ll need to pay full price again.

However, we don’t want to punish our App Store customers, so if you would like access to the same upgrade discounts as users who buy from us direct, please forward your original App Store purchase receipt (clearly showing Scrivener and the date of purchase) to We’ll then send you a discount coupon. Please note, however, that because the Mac App Store does not support discount coupons, you will have to get Scrivener 3 from our own store for the discount to work.

Scrivener 3 for macOS

Getting Up and Running

If you're coming from Scrivener 2, to get the most out of Scrivener 3 we recommend brushing up on the updated Tutorial, especially the sections in the "What's New in Scrivener 3" Collection. There's also a guide for updaters in the user manual.

For users with custom Compile presets in Scrivener 2, or who wish to bring various settings and Preferences across, we also have a special transition guide available here:

Update Guide for Scrivener 2 Users


Trying Scrivener 3

Want to see what Scrivener 3 has to offer before you buy? macOS users can follow the site's download links to download a free 30-day trial (and it works for 30 days of use, so if you only use it twice a week, it lasts for fifteen weeks).

Don't worry if you've downloaded and tried Scrivener 2 in the past and used up all of your trial - Scrivener 3 has a brand new trial that starts over.

Scrivener 3 for Windows

Scrivener 3 for Windows is also available.