Installing Scrivener for macOS (Mac App Store Edition)

If you purchased directly from us, please refer to these instructions. This article refers to purchasing and installing from Apple's Mac App Store.

First, if you have been demoing Scrivener for a time, and have decided to purchase the software via the Mac App Store, you will first need to uninstall the trial copy you have already installed. This is because the App Store software is smart enough to know you have a copy of Scrivener installed, but not smart enough to know that it is a demo copy. It won't let you install a purchased version so long as the demo is on your computer. To uninstall the demo copy, drag the Scrivener icon from your Applications folder to the Trash icon in the Dock, and empty the trash before you proceed (you may also need to restart your App Store software). Since your work is stored on your hard drive and not within the Scrivener application itself, this is always safe to do.

If you haven't tried out the software yet, we encourage you to download our free trial (as instructed here) prior to making your purchase decision.

To purchase and install from the Mac App Store:

1) Purchase Scrivener by clicking on the buy button in the Mac App Store interface, which will appear as the price of the product, below the icon (note that the price is in $CAD in the following screenshot -- the price will of course vary depending on what currency your country uses):


2) After confirming your purchase, the Scrivener icon will load in your LaunchPad. There will be a progress bar beneath the icon while it is installing -- you will need to wait until the software completely downloads before you can run it.

3) Once the progress bar disappears, you can now click on the icon in LaunchPad to load the program (and feel free to drag it to your Dock first if you'd prefer to have it there). That's it! Your copy is fully registered and activated on this one machine.

Note that if you ever need to re-install the software for whatever reason, you may do so using the "Purchased" section in the App Store software. Sometimes this will involve deleting the existing version from your Applications folder first. If you are having difficulties getting the "Install" button next to the Scrivener icon to light up, try emptying your Mac's Trash, logging out of your App Store account, restarting the App Store software, and then logging back in.

If you want to install Scrivener on your other computers, you will need to use the Mac App Store software on those computers to do so. Simply click on your Apple ID in the bottom left corner of the App Store screen to access the "Purchased" section of the store. Click the "Install" button next to the Scrivener icon (it may also look like a cloud with a little downward arrow on it, if you already had Scrivener downloaded on this computer at one point).

Happy writing!