Skribisto, an open source text editor for writers

about Skribisto

In the next article we are going to take a look at Skribisto. This is a text editor and writing software which is open source and free for Gnu / Linux, Windows and macOS, which is released under the GNU General Public License v3.0. The tool will allow us to organize our project with elements, folders and it will give us the possibility of adding labels. We are also going to find support for screen readers, full screen mode without distractions, spell checking and support for dark theme, among other things.

This program is aimed at helping anyone to write anythingWhether it's a novel or taking notes from a course. The user will be totally free to use labels to define texts or write hundreds of notes. Skribisto is born from the ashes of Plume Creator, holding his own while searching for his own path.

Keep in mind that Skribisto is not LibreOffice, Calligra or Word. Any project can be exported to .odt, to make use of these capabilities of this word processing format before printing.

First steps with Skribisto

In the past, this program was geared towards writing novels, but nowadays Skribisto pretends to be more generic. Users can organize our project with items and folders. Each element shows a 'page' and can be of a different type like:

  • Text → Dedicated to writing. Texts and can be linked to other elements, or created on the fly.
  • Folder → These may contain child folders or items.
  • Whiteboard (to be implemented) → It will give us the option to write wherever we want on a blackboard, insert images, tables, lists ... Then we can modify, move and resize elements on the blackboard.

split screen

  • Section (to be implemented) → Visible separations (book, act, chapter, end of book).
  • Folder section (to be implemented) → Folder with section function.
  • It is expected that other types may be added in the future.

General characteristics of Skribisto

Skribisto Preferences

The short-term goal is to at least become as functional as its Plume Creator forebear in terms of features. Here we are going to see some of the outstanding features of Skribisto:

  • The program is translated into different languages, among which is Spanish. You can see the list of languages ​​to which the program is being translated in the following link.
  • Will allow us navigate between texts.

Application working

  • Count with one distraction-free mode.
  • We can use rich text (bold / italic / underline / strikethrough).
  • User can use labels to define any element.
  • It has autosave and with spell checker.
  • We can use a light theme or other dark.

dark theme

  • Will allow us create and view summary of all texts.
  • We can export our texts to .txt / .odt / .PDF.
  • We will be able print our text.
  • Character / word count.

general information of the writing

  • It has the advanced search / replace option.

Install Skribisto on Ubuntu

Skribisto is available as flatpak pack. If you use Ubuntu 20.04 and you still do not have this technology enabled on your system, you can continue The Guide that a colleague wrote on this blog a while ago to fix this.

When you can install these types of applications, open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following installation command on it:

install Skribisto

flatpak install flathub eu.skribisto.skribisto

When the installation is finished, we can look for the program launcher on your computer or execute the command in a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

program launcher

flatpak run eu.skribisto.skribisto


If you did not like the program, you can uninstall it from your system In a simple way. You just need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and write in it:

uninstall Skribisto

sudo flatpak uninstall eu.skribisto.skribisto

The website dedicated to user's manual can be consulted in this linkEven though I still don't see content to this day, I suppose it will be received over time. The website dedicated to frequently asked questions can be consulted in this other link, but as with the user manual, it is still a bit short on content.

As indicated by the creator of this program in the repository on GitHub of the project, the help is always appreciated. So if this project interests you, and you want to help or want more details, you can go to the corresponding section in the GitHub repository.

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