Open source Word processors


AbiWord is a free software word processor. AbiWord is part of GNOME Office. (GPL)

Linux - FreeBSD - Windows - MAC OS X


Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor, designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. MS Word, LibreOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people. But sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean's niche. (GPL)



FocusWriter is a simple, distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface so that you can immerse yourself in your work. The interface can be accessed by moving your mouse to one of the edges of the screen. (GPL)

Linux - Windows - MAC OS X


LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. (GPL)

Linux - FreeBSD - Windows - MAC OS X


Manuskript is a perfect tool for those writer who like to organize and plan everything before writing. The snowflake method can help you grow your idea into a book, by leading you step by step and asking you questions to go deeper. While writing, keep track of notes about every characters, plot, event, place in your story. (GPL)

Linux - Windows - MAC OS X


ThiefMD is a Markdown and Fountain editor and file manager inspired by Ulysses. ThiefMD is based on open source code from Quilter and other projects. Static Site Generators? Novel Writing? Book reports? Screen plays? ThiefMD loves handling all your markdown files and compiling them to whatever format you need. (GPL)



A free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program! Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make writing screenplays simple. It is infinitely configurable. Trelby is free software, that you can contribute to. (GPL)

Linux - Windows


Calligra Words is an intuitive word processor application with desktop publishing features. With it, you can create informative and attractive documents with ease. (LGPL)

Linux - FreeBSD


Writer is the word processor component of the LibreOffice office suite. (LGPL)

Linux - FreeBSD - Windows - MAC OS X

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