Release Version: 2.5
Release Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2024
Docs Updated: Wednesday, 10 July 2024

PDF: novelWriter-2.5.pdf [ Older Versions ]

novelWriter is an open source plain text editor designed for writing novels assembled from individual text documents. It uses a minimal formatting syntax inspired by Markdown, and adds a meta data syntax for comments, synopsis, and cross-referencing. It is designed to be a simple text editor that allows for easy organisation of text and notes, using human readable text files as storage for robustness.


The project storage is suitable for version control software, and also well suited for file synchronisation tools. All text is saved as plain text files, and your project data as standard data formats in XML and JSON. See How Data is Stored for more details.

Any operating system that has Python 3 and the Qt 5 libraries should be able to run novelWriter. It runs fine on Linux, Windows and MacOS, and users have tested it on other platforms as well. See Setup and Installation for more details.

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