Introducing Scrivener 3 for Windows

Scrivener 3 is now available for Windows with discounts for owners of Scrivener 1.

Scrivener 3 running on iOS, macOS and Windows

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).
  • Improved ebook export.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dedicated Dark Mode along with numerous other visual themes.   
  • 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.

See the Scrivener product page for more on Scrivener 3.

Buying or Updating to Scrivener 3 on Windows

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

If you own Scrivener 1 for Windows, you are eligible for an upgrade discount.

If you purchased Scrivener 1 on or after 20th November  2017, you can update to Scrivener 3 for free.

If you purchased Scrivener 1 before that date, you can update to Scrivener 3 with a 45% discount.

How to Upgrade From Version 1 and Claim Your Discount

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

How to Upgrade to Scrivener 3 for Windows

Problems upgrading?

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

Scrivener 3 for Windows running on a laptop

Getting Up and Running

If you're coming from Scrivener 1, 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 1, or who wish to delve more deeply into some of the changes, we also have a special transition guide available here:

Update Guide for Scrivener 1 Users

Trying Scrivener 3

Want to see what Scrivener 3 has to offer before you buy? Simply 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 1 in the past and used up all of your trial—Scrivener 3 has a brand new trial that starts over.

Scrivener 3 for macOS

Scrivener 3 for macOS is also available.