• Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-07-20
  • Current Version: 1.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 26.96 MB
  • Developer: Literature & Latte
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 2 002


*** Featured in App Store Best of 2016 *** “The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” —Michael Marshall Smith, bestselling author Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop. Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea. Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a tap away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop. Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand. Write a description based on a photograph. Reference a video or PDF. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter. On the iPad, open two documents side-by-side; on the iPhone, flip between research and writing with just two taps. Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply compile everything into a single document for printing, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy. FEATURES Get Started • Interactive tutorial project • Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project • Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files • Easily split imported text into separate sections Get Writing • Write your manuscript in sections of any size • View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only) • Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar • Format with fonts and presets • Comments, footnotes, links and highlights • Simple bullets and lists • Insert images • Pinch-zoom to resize text • Full-screen mode (iPad only) • Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only) • Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode • Live word and character counts • Set word and character count targets • Find and replace • Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation • Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users • Dark mode Find Your Structure • Write in any order and reorganize later • Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline • Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project • Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only) • Project-wide search • Track ideas using labels and status • Apply custom icons to your sections Refer to Research • Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies • View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only) • Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas • Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only) Share Your Work • Compile to a single document for sharing or printing • Use different formatting in your exported or printed document • Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text • Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps • Create and email zipped backups of your projects Work Anywhere • Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener* • Copy projects between devices via iTunes * Requires a Dropbox account (not compatible with iCloud). SUPPORT You can contact us at, visit our forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.



  • I want my money back!

    By jfhfgdueunfkf
    $20 and I can’t even open a Scrivener file stored in iCloud from my Mac. What is the point? I bought this hoping to work on my projects when I’m on the go but they are stored in iCloud, not freaking Dropbox. Come on. Apparently the limitation is on Apple’s side but at least state that it doesn’t work with Apple’s Files app. I wasted my money.
  • Versatile, powerful

    By PizzaSpace
    Very few programs are as flexible as advertised. We use this app for all our writing projects, including articles, short stories and academic papers. We use it all the time!
  • Fantastic app, horrible syncing

    By Spudvision
    This is a wonderful adaption of the Desktop app. On iPad it’s an incredible immersive writing experience that is stunningly beautiful to use, on the iPhone it’s usable and easy to drop into while on the go. My only complaint is that syncing is unreliable and, at times, almost unusable. I run Dropbox on my computer just to sync Scrivener documents (yuck) and frequently need to remove and reconnect it completely in the iOS version because the files become corrupted or broken. I assume files must be handled in some awful and broken way under the hood technically or something for it to be this bad. Please fix the syncing issues! There is no reason it needs to be this difficult in 2019!
  • Mediocre, poor maintenance, not full featured

    By sandimas
    This app, without comparison to its Mac sibling, is mediocre. 1) Awful syncing: requires you to remember to close project so that it will sync before you try to open elsewhere. 2) Clunky interface: lots of unnecessary extra swipes and taps. Doesn’t take advantage of the intuitive interface possibilities of iPad. 3) The last time it was updated was over a year ago! (I’m writing this on March 3, 2018) In comparison to its macOS counterpart, the iOS app is utterly incapable. I’m not looking to copy all the bells and whistles, which would make the iOS version bloated. But, this is so ameliorated, it doesn’t deserve the same namesake as its macOS brother. It feels like this development person (or team?) is overwhelmed. Needs more competent and creative people to scale up the development across as many platforms as they’re trying develop for. (I think they’re adding a PC version... which is a scary proposition for the future of its iOS development).
  • Abandoned?

    By SailorTriforce
    I’m starting to worry that Scrivener on iOS has been abandoned since it hasn’t had any updates in a year or more. I have struggled with writer’s block for years—I inally had the courage to try writing today, but when I opened my Scrivener, the novel I had started was gone.. I feel sick. I hadn’t gotten far with it, but I had been happy about how it was going.. now it’s gone.. not in Dropbox sync, either. I’m devastated. I came to the app page to look for information, but it’s all old.. nothing new in a year. :( I’m so sad!
  • Syncing problems

    By luisxestevez
    The app is amazing but syncing between devices is infuriating. Dropbox syncing only works sometimes, with errors.
  • Really terrible syncing experience.

    By Daniel P in SF
    You have to set up Dropbox and it’s super unintuitive to sync between your phone and your laptop. I hope the engineers invest in making that experience nicer, especially since you have to pay for the desktop and iOS versions separately. It’s embarrassingly bad for a modern application. Start with google docs before wasting your time with an app that can’t easily do the ONE THING THAT MATTERS.
  • Great UNTIL

    By dfunkadelic
    I was really loving Scrivener and was transferring all my manuscripts there to organize them, but when I went to back up those files to Dropbox (after having updated and refined them fir several months) the sync made 7 manuscripts just disappear and I don’t know how to recover them.
  • Does not sync to Dropbox as promised

    By kleigh64!
    Ridiculous to pretend that it does. Don’t waste your time and money.
  • It’s more-or-less okay but...

    By MrGranky
    ...overpriced and synching just doesn’t work. Or, if it does work, the method by which it does work is infuriatingly obscure. Bottom line: This is, maybe a $1.99 app, and even then, I’d think twice.
  • Ok app

    By Tyrsman
    It’s ok, appears to be an abandoned app with no updates in a year. No templates for us iOS only users. Poor never improved tutorial, etc... Not worth the current price. Has great potential with just a little more work!
  • May You NOT Have an Exciting Life!

    By David n GA
    There is a very old Eastern European curse that goes “may you have an exciting life”. The point of the curse is that your life will become exciting in a bad way. When I use any form of technology I expect my life to become exciting. I wait for crashes, maddening work arounds, and just general nonsense. I hope whatever it is solves more problems than it caused. This app has been a refreshing change. It is absolutely boring in its rock solid performance and dependability. I do take the precaution to email myself projects as PDF files periodically to get a copy off my iPad Pro, just in case. I do not use Dropbox or the Apple Cloud since I do not trust them. The IOS version is a subset of the mac version which to be honest is not made clear. You will also find the support site gives advice without being clear which version the information applies to. One thing which I do find to be inexcusable is the inability to mark up a really long multi-chapter Word document and cleanly import it. I had to do that for a 512 page project in Word, and it took me 10 days to complete the import into proper chapters in three books. You will also find the white space at the end of your chapters is missing when you output as a PDF or Word. The next chapter title will be a few lines after the end of your chapter, throwing you page count off. If you take a look at the compressed backups you will see they are out of order, and chapters you deleted are still there. That is why I email clear text backups to myself. I now have three projects in the app, one about 530 pages in three books, one with 561,000 words and 2,400 pages in ten books, and one a training outline of 120+ pages. They say you can write just about anything in it which seems true enough. Once you start using it and have learned the limitations and quirks your life will not be exciting.
  • An unparalleled writing tool.

    By casey_lyn_clark
    The single most productive writing tool I've found in fifteen years of writing. I'm never without it.
  • Sync works perfectly.

    By Scott_F
    I read a lot of bad reviews. Read the directions in the tutorial. I bought the Mac version as well. Read the directions. It syncs both ways just fine.
  • Good job scrivener

    By ctv583
    I like this program to I got a iPhone flash drive that syncs
  • Sync is a mess

    By Xaserax
    Have lost work due to the sloppy syncing set up. Gave an extra star because I like the desktop version so much.
  • Say

    By nagaragumo
    Too hard to use for newbie who just want to write story for fun. I always end up in the tutorial for 4 days now. Unlike other simple apps you get to write your story right away with all things set up. Lots of $5 app gets you going right away. If there is zero star this is what I would rate cause up to now I still do not know how to use this thing. Crap crap crap. My advice . Don’t buy.
  • Needs iCloud Sync

    By hmmallen
    I love the desktop version of Scrivener and the iOS version is good too. However right now I can’t use it because it uses Dropbox to sync instead of iCloud. I live in China and Dropbox is blocked here but iCloud works. I bought it to experiment with manually transferring files back-and-forth from my computer to my phone, but that is too tedious for everyday use — it’s only something I’ll do when I know I’ll be away from my computer for an extended period of time. So until it supports iCloud sync I can’t really use it.
  • Fantastic but has a few bugs

    By Nevermore119
    As a writer for our school's publication, Scrivener has helped me a lot to write articles and pass it before the deadline. It's perfect for writing and I sure do use it for simple note taking as well. As beautiful this app may be, I have been experiencing this one specific bug: Scrivener crashes whenever I go to the font face/font size section. As soon as I tap that, Scrivener crashes, rendering me incapable of editing my works at all. I am using an iPad Mini 4 running iOS 11. If you could resolve this issue ASAP, it would be very helpful as I am in dire need of this extraordinary application.
  • A great app that sometimes frustrates the hell out of me

    By Ronbo13
    This is a great app. Let me start with that. It’s totally worth the money, and if you have a Mac, it’s great on both platforms. But it’s also sometimes horribly frustrating—enough so that I’ve stopped using it. Some people love it, and more power to them. I want this developer to be successful. By far my biggest frustration is how easy it is to get the iPad and Mac out of sync. It’s hard to get Ulysses to have sync conflicts, and it’s easy for get Scrivener to do it (this has to do with the far more complicated inner structure of the Scrivener document). Also Scrivener sometimes has a tendency to obliterate text attributes like italics when you apply styles.
  • Amazing except sync

    By JAFK_
    For what it is, a word processor, this app is 5/5. Very neat, and extremely functional, I really like the layout and this app takes some familiarizing but doesn’t take long and is super super rewarding. My problem with the app is the entire concept of syncing and sending anything anywhere is horrible. They only sync with iTunes or Dropbox which right off the bat that few of options for a 20$ app? And I don’t use Dropbox so that’s pretty inconvenient. Well no matter I paid 20$ it can’t hurt to make a drop box account just for this one thing to sync even though that’s pretty impractical. Well now that I’m linked to drop box, I can’t even believe how bad this works. You can’t take a project or even a single, page/document and move it to or from the cloud. Not simply like that anyways, the process for any syncing or sharing is so unpolished I can’t believe this app is 20$. Developers now that you have my money, what the heck. Please add more support to this app and the ability to move docs and projects around more freely. If you could add support for iCloud or google drive, or even OneDrive, just something other than JUST Dropbox. So much limitation is reason for me to possibly find a new text editor and not even bother with getting the Mac app
  • The best tool for writing and keeping your work on the go

    By Asshjcsycs
    With this app I can instantly make updates to my work when away from laptop, without the need of cluttering up Notes and then getting lost in them and losing your train of thought altogether. Highly recommended as a back-up device for working on the go. Would not advise on using the mobile version only. Tip: always close your work and sync with Dropbox upon finishing. Not doing so results in conflicting files and possibly loss of some material.
  • Very poor tutorial

    By krissy73064
    I have spoken with many writers who use the desktop version of this software and they all loved it. Imagine my excitement when Scrivener came out with an iPad version, but if you have never used the desktop top version it can be very confusing. I read the tutorial and was still lost. I have a friend who is a technical editor and I actually made an appointment to have him help me and after I know how to use it I am sure I will love it.
  • No iCloud Syncing

    By InvidiousInvention
    I bought this program for the hope of being able to write on any device and having it sync across all devices. I had hoped to use iCloud for this, however it only works with Dropbox. I don’t like Dropbox at all and do not want use it for syncing. Waste of $20.
  • No iCloud support?

    By ChrisYesYesYes
    After saving my desktop project to icloud drive, I assumed the iPad version would open it from there and I could continue my work. Nope. I guess you need dropbox. Doesn’t make sense not to use icloud but I guess the developers have their reasons. Otherwise solid app.
  • Dropbox sync not great

    By PTR M
    You have to do it intentionally. Be sure to close your app, be sure you’re connected to the internet. An interstitial shows the syncing, interrupts what you’re doing. Every other iOS/macOS app combination uses iCloud in the background for this and in most cases it works really well. I don’t think I would mind Dropbox if it felt more automatic, but it doesn’t. Why don’t I have the option of using iCloud?
  • Syncing is Killing Me

    By Abadji
    I love scrivener I use it every day on my laptop, but unfortunately I can’t get it to work properly on my iPad. Sometimes it syncs sometimes it doesn’t and I am always worried I am going to get my data overwritten. I wish it was as seamless as Ulysses but it is not there yet unfortunately. Please make the syncing more intuitive and stable!
  • Gorgeous and Functional

    By Fitzbattleaxe
    This app is phenomenal. I’ve used Scrivener for Windows for 7 years, and adding the iOS app to my arsenal has been a pleasure. The interface is beautiful without sacrificing much if any functionality. It takes a few minutes to figure out where things are now, but once you do, it’s a breeze. The Dropbox syncing is easy to set up, and has been seamless for me. More than worth the $20 to me. I’ll be pumping many words into Scrivener for iOS.
  • Lack of iCloud Sync

    By Indy is Fast
    Lack of iCloud Sync makes the App useless. Google Dropbox is not a solution. I was very disappointed to learn the app does not Sync like an iPhone App.
  • There is no reaction on sync Dropbox

    By Big fun of Tekken
    I’ve tried hundreds of times but scrivener still could get send for rom dropbox. The app folder cannot be found on the project page. Don’t know why. And when I check the old versions I found that there has been 1 yr without a new version. And $19.99??? Come on.
  • Can’t import templates

    By Lewis_Cypher
    Not having this function available is a major drawback of the IOS version. I only use an IPad Pro and an IPhone 7 because I can easily dictate or type everything I write and conveniently carry either device with me wherever I go. I did not purchase the Windows version of Scrivener because I don’t want to drag a laptop around with me. I would now like to import templates designed by others to speed up my output on certain projects, but the IOS app apparently has no way to do this versus the Windows and MacOS versions which do. I have been told there may be a way of starting my project with an imported template on either of those platforms, then syncing it with my IOS devices. But to do so, I would have to purchase another license and what do I do if my laptop is in New Jersey and I need to start a new project thousands of miles away? Bottom line: I really do LOVE Scrivener. It streamlines research, and using the cork board to pull it all together is a powerful tool. I would like to give it 5 stars, but having to reinvent the wheel on the different formats I want to use is annoying and makes this app a lot less functional than I hoped it would be.
  • No icloud sync

    By AvalonTears
    What else is there to say? I seriously regret purchasing this. If you intended to use it with the desktop version then I hope you like Dropbox. Wait, you use iCloud because it’s easy, private, secure, and built into all you apple products? Too bad
  • Amazing app

    By Timinater
    This is an amazing writing app for iOS - it has so many tools, wonderful organization capabilities, and it syncs flawlessly with Dropbox so I have all my files on all my iOS devices. Fantastic job! Only one issue right now - sometimes when I go into a folder on my phone, the files within don’t appear, and I have to repeatedly open the folder for them to appear. Otherwise, the app is amazing — thank you so much and keep up the great work!!

    By a guy who reviews stuff
    It is absolutely absurd that I am forced to use Dropbox in order to sync my stories across devices in this day and age. Really?? There is only ONE cloud service I’m able to use? Clearly, Scrivener has received money from Dropbox to make Dropbox the exclusive cloud carrier. That was a mistake on Scrivener’s part. The second someone makes an app similar to yours and adds icloud support, I am forgetting about this app.
  • Not opening a dropbox file

    By gothic ghosting
    Help...Just bought the $45 Mac version and love it so I bought this app just now and it will not open the Scrivners files Dropbox! Can anyone of you awesome writers help me out? I am writing a ghost story 😀...and this will be phenomenal al when it works!
  • Great app, but dark mode is problematic

    By cmyknate
    Overall, this app is a great port to iOS. The only real issue I have with it is dark mode. The contrast is so low that I have a hard time seeing it without cranking up the brightness—and I have really good vision. I couldn’t imagine how it must be for people who have visual contrast problems. Having pure white text against a dark(er) gray background would fix this problem, and it wouldn’t look worse. In fact, it would look better because I could actually see what I am writing.
  • Ridiculously great

    By Champion.#2
    Love this app. Organizing larger projects used to intimidate me and therefore tamped down my enthusiasm. But Scrivener takes pretty much whatever you throw at it in terms of research, random thoughts and so on. Organize as you wish (or not). And all the while the same project holds your precious draft, clean and separate from the frenetic research whirlwind. And I’m amazed at the feature set in the iOS App. I’d expected a watered down version compared to the OSX App but it’s very thorough (I generally use iPad Pro as my iOS tool of choice).
  • Disappointed: No iCloud Sync

    By I create therefore I am.
    Wow I really wish I hadn’t assumed iCloud sync was included.
  • Limits where you can save files

    By RayHanania
    Most of my files are on iCloud but the iPad system only recognizes Dropbox which is the worst storage cloud because it eats up space on your hard drive .... the MacBook Pro version is good but the inability to connect the two creates real problems
  • Bewildering App to use for first time on iPad

    By judynini
    Its literally taken me DAYS to figure out how to buy this . My Mac crashed and I purchased a version again only to discover I need a different version for IPAds/. Paid AGAIN, finally loaded it, opened it, and have spent the last few hours trying to understand how on earth to write a screenplay with it. How to write ANYTHING on it. Even after reading the tutorial and finding about what sounds like the very useful outliner, Corkboard, I really am bewildered about how to go forward. It says somewhere that it may be difficult for those who haven’t used the full Laptop version, but this is like landing on Mars. I am, as I type, downloading Final Draft which I suspect I will have better luck with. I’m sure its fantastic as I hear it is from friends, but the developers have made little effort to make first users intuitively find their way around it. It assumes we all have and use the full versions of it elsewhere. And don’t get me started on the tutorial which is definitely written by an aspiring Novelist... it goes on, and on, and on and on, more like a manual to assemble a car than a guide on how to use a writing app.
  • Scrivener Does It All

    By Astrophysics Junkie
    Scrivener is often billed as a drafting tool, but that’s not at all accurate. Scrivener does it all. You can use it to lay out a story or academic piece scene by scene, thought by thought, and go into each item and build on them working in any order. Scrivener makes it easy, and it doesn’t stop there. You can use it to polish too and come to a final draft. If you are passionate about writing then you must own this app. It’s undervalued, not overpriced.
  • Awesome software!

    By tommyg777
    I enjoy the ease of using the app. It simplifies the process of collecting thoughts into a usable outline. I also enjoy the ability to transfer the project to multiple devices.
  • Great app!

    By carlyhavok
    Great app that lets me stay super organized while writing. I'm still getting used to it but it has a lot to offer. I've never used the desktop version, so now I'm curious!
  • I am drawing on it completely!

    By Safaa Schwann
    I just wish if there were a feature of adding a recording voice inside each page, just like PDF Expert. Other than that, I do not have much to complain about.
  • Beautiful writing app, no security.

    By Unity357
    So far Scrivener is one of the more useful and functional writing apps I’ve used. I could see giving it a 5 star review, but it doesn’t provide even the least degree of app security. Surprising to me when you consider the importance and sensitive nature of documents you work on in such an app. Use case: ever hand your iPad or Mac off to a child or grandchild for the afternoon? At the very least, Scrivener should offer a passcode function at the app level. It could be even stronger with document-level security. Again, this would be a 5 star app with added security.
  • Best thing ever. I’m actually writing a lot more now! Thank you!

    By Sunshine672
  • Perfect Writing App, no syncing issues

    By Benjamin Stocksdale
    I love Scrivener. Simple as that. The amount of customization that can be done while writing is excellent but the interface is still clean and intuitive. I’ve had no issues syncing with Dropbox and using Scrivener on my PC, Mac, and iPad. Well worth the money.
  • I love this app

    By BigDaddyCatan
    I love that I can write on my iPad, MacBook and phone, and sync them all up. It's a great way to organize lots of small pieces of related writing.
  • iOS version alters image and formatting data, cannot use

    By dh1021x
    It’s too risky to open a project on the iOS version because it deletes images and alters formatting when you switch back to OSX. It is not worth $20. It should be given out for free with OSX, but even if it were it would be unusable because of the damage it does to your existing documents. I can’t risk opening my documents in the app anymore.