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by Script Reader Pro in Screenwriting Software
May 31, 2016 101 comments
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If you’re stone broke, or simply rebelling against Final Draft’s dominance of the  market, here are some completely free screenwriting software alternatives.

While we generally advise screenwriters to purchase professional software such as Final Draft, Movie Magic or Fade In, the free screenwriting software market has made some tremendous gains in recent years.

There are some 10 free script writing software gems down below, nearly, or just as professional as Final Draft.

Free Screenwriting Software

1. Writer Duet: A fantastic free screenwriting software program that allows real-time collaborative work in which the writers immediately see all edits. (Also has a paid version.)

2. Celtx: This popular browser-based screenwriting software has a paid and a free version.

3. Story Touch: There’s a free version of this professional screenwriting software which allows you to write and analyze your screenplay at the same time.

4. Causality: This software is great for outlining and has a free version with limited writing capabilities.

5. DramaQueen: Also available as free and paid version.

6. DubScript: A mobile-based free scriptwriting software reader and writer for Android operating systems.

7. Page 2 Stage: An open-source free screenplay software designed specifically for Windows users.

8. Plotbot: A browser-based free screenplay software that’s great for collaboration with another writer.

9. Trelby: Another open source free screenplay software currently only available for Microsoft Windows and Linux, but a Mac version is said to be on the way.

10. BPC-Screenplay: A free screenwriting software developed in Berlin for Microsoft Windows.

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Also be sure to check out our post on the 5 Best Screenwriting Apps For Writing On The Go.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below with any free screenwriting software or screenwriting apps you think we’ve missed out.

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101 Comments
  1. Olivier Durand says:

    Before writing a line of dialogue, you have to outline your story! FIRECAMP is a simple, visual and collaborative web tool to outline, write and develop stories. You can add collaborators to your story and see changes in real time.
    We are providing a free version of our tool for screenwriters, because we know it’s not always easy to start as a screenwriter.

    1. SRP says:

      Sounds interesting. Drop me a line.

    2. Vincent says:

      I use Chromebook. Do you have a screnwriting version that’s compatible?

      1. Script Reader Pro says:

        Sorry Vincent. Don’t know much about Google Chromebooks.

  2. John Wallace says:

    Tried using fire-camp – what a waste of time. After logging in the only option available was create a story but when you try to find the Outline function you are asked to sign in and once you sign in you are back to create story with no tutorial.

  3. Sarah says:

    Celtx sux.

    1. Maria says:

      May I ask why? Just curious 🙂

  4. Pete says:

    Adobe Story is not bad.

  5. Roger says:

    I like Celtx.

  6. Jacob says:

    Celtx is NOT free. 15 days of use, and you’re locked out until you subscribe- it’s pricey as well.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      According to their website “Basic Screenwriting” is still free? https://www.celtx.com/pricing.html

    2. George says:

      If you select a package then go to the next step you can return to the free version.

  7. James says:

    Does any one know what Amazon screenwriter is like?

    1. Preston says:

      Amazon Storywriter is very bare-bones. It’s simple and gives you what you need to get your script on paper, but it lacks any kind of moderately advanced features that make most screenwriting software so nice to use.

  8. Albert G says:

    Hi there, does anyone know if Movie Magic is better than Final Draft?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Final Draft is easier to use in our opinion and is more widely used in the industry.

    2. Script Reader Pro says:

      We prefer Final Draft but it’s all relative.

  9. Cherie 87 says:

    WriterDuet is the best.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, it’s pretty decent.

  10. Fran says:

    Thankѕ a
    lot. 🙂

  11. A. Lewis says:

    My name is Arthur Lewis I’m from Western Cape and I’m a new screenwriter. Thank you so much for this site, it’s helping me improve as a writer.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome Arthur. Good luck with the writing.

  12. Asli says:

    Adobe Story is not free anymore. And they don’t let me download my files unless I pay. Without any notification…

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Asli, I’ll look into it.

  13. Pricilla says:

    Final Draft may not be perfect but it’s the best screenwriting program out there at the moment. Don’t waste your time with these freebie alternatives.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      That’s a fair comment. We just wanted to give writers the choice 🙂

    2. Preston says:

      That’s subjective. After trying both, I think Writerduet is definitely better. Even the free version can do almost all, if not all, of what Final Draft can do, and there’s a lot it can do that Final Draft can’t.

  14. Amy says:

    Anyone know if Adobe is still free. Looks like you have to pay to me.

  15. Robbie says:

    Great , thanks for this.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Robbie!

  16. Andy says:

    Never heard of those last ones.

  17. Ida says:

    If you haven’t got much money I’d buy Fade In rather than get these. It’s only $79.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      That’s a good choice, Ida.

    2. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good advice.

  18. Ken says:

    What’s Fade In like?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s a great program, Ken. And much cheaper than either Final Draft or Movie Magic.

    2. Script Reader Pro says:

      A great budget alternative to Final Draft.

  19. Phyllis says:

    Great list – thanks Script.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Phyllis.

    2. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Phyllis.

  20. Mel D says:

    I’ve only just starting learning about screenwriting and will get one of these free options first. Thanks Script Writer Pro!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No problem, Mel!

    2. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Mel!

  21. Terry says:

    Last script I wrote I bought Dramatica, which was a bear & I gave up on it. I formatted using books & other scripts. I’ve been asked to write for a project that already has a producer, but I’ve been out so long that I need advice on what software to use. This is a movie with possibility of going mini-series. Any suggestions?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      WriterDuet for a free option and Final Draft, Movie Magic or Fade In for paid.

  22. Birdy says:

    Thanks for the heads up. This is useful to us poor writers haha.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Glad we could help.

    2. Script Reader Pro says:
  23. Sally says:

    I like this because Final Draft’s monopoly on screenwriting software market has just been going on too long.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Craig Mazin would agree with you 😉

  24. Raymond Neff says:

    Celtx is AWFUL man! Avoid.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      What problems have you run into with it?

  25. Darryl says:

    There are many such software out there but I much prefer to stick with the pro software rather than free screenwriting programs if you want to be a professional writer. Just my opinion.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      That’s fair enough. 😉

  26. Major Barie says:

    Awesome Information, thanks SRP!!!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Glad you found it helpful 🙂

  27. Bashra says:

    It is such an awesome blog about the Screenwriting Software. Thanks for providing such an awesome information.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Bashra!

  28. Bernard Connors says:

    Thanks will check these out!!

  29. Yasmin Brown says:

    I want to know how to get free copy of Final Draft if anyone can tell me.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You can’t – not legally anyway.

  30. Hershel says:

    Keep working ,great job!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Hershel!

  31. Chris says:

    Hi,

    I am a new scriptwriter and am wondering if ANY of these SW products can easily convert a Word document into a script format? If not, what is the least painful way to do this?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Unfortunately there isn’t a program yet that can easily convert from Word to a screenwriting format at the touch of a button.

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  34. AMD says:

    Does the SRP team have any thoughts on the software Scrivener? Final Draft has a sale going on through tomorrow/today, so I may cave in and buy it. I started dabbling with a trial of Scrivener though and was curious if anyone has experiences.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      I would grab a copy of Final Draft while it’s on sale. Scrivener isn’t a screenwriting focused software.

  35. jacobts says:

    I am very happy with Trelby

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, we’ll look into that one too.

  36. Guna says:

    Very useful site. Thanks SRP.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Guna!

  37. Tommy2shoes says:

    I really like CeltX but the pro version is insanely expensive.
    Same with Adobe Story.
    also, this whole online stuff is a nightmare. I want to be offline when i write to avoid distraction and if my internet goes down i can’t do a single thing.
    I miss the good old days when you bought something and owned it instead of fucking renting everything.

  38. Ryan says:

    Can anyone tell me if I can copy and paste from the Celtx free version? Also, is there a way I can send somethings that I’ve written on Celtx? Also any idea’s of a way to get a cheap version of final draft? Thank you

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      A “cheap version of Final Draft” would be pirated which we don’t condone. I don’t use Celtx, but have you tried to copy and paste and it doesn’t work?

  39. James D. says:

    Until I can justify the cost fo Final Draft or Fade In, I’ve been looking into free options. I used to subscribe to Celtx, but I’m not a writer and couldn’t justify the price for something that I only used occasionally.
    I’m finding that the free versions of both Celtx and Writer Duet are limited to only 3 scripts. (Already have at least 15 scripts in Celtx from when I had a subscription)
    Are any of the other alternatives open to unlimited scripts?

  40. Tone Love says:

    Adobe Story will reach end-of-life in January 2019 and even the desktop version will cease to function. It was a really nice piece of software too, what a shame!

  41. Tone Love says:

    So basically, James D, what you are saying is that your 15 scripts COMBINED aren’t worth the cost of $80 (Fade In’s current price), yet you would love your scripts to generate millions of dollars one day. Think about your logic for a second…

  42. Theodosia says:

    WriterDuet has been acting up lately for me. Sad, because I actually like that site.

  43. James says:

    There’s a new resource out there, a desktop application put out by the guys at Hollywood Camera Work, called Causality. It’s based more on the plotting out of your storyline – but it also lets you slowly write your script in nuggets of scriptlets as you develop your story. These nuggets are tied to your storyboard, which you can move around and rearrange at will – while still keeping your story logic intact. It’s not your expected scriptwriting software, and you’ll get frustrated if you think of it that way… but it is free and it’s a fresh new approach to the story development/scriptwriting process that’s at least worth the look. It’s free with a paid upgrade – I’ve only ever used the free version, and full-disclosure: I’ve never actually finished a project with it.

  44. Ria O'Donnell says:

    Novel Suite works really well too. Although it’s designed predominantly for authors, the concepts are the same, and there is loads of functionality for screenwriters.
    http://www.novelsuite.com

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Ria, we’ll check it out!

  45. Jeanna says:

    Adobe is no longer available to new users and existing users will need to have all their data downloaded and off the site by Jan 2019 as they are no longer offering the software….. just an fyi

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Jeanna!

  46. Jan Aguilos says:

    Are all these options good when converting the script to PDF?

  47. Monica says:

    I paid for a Final Draft years ago and used it successfully for a while but then they wanted more money or they wouldn’t update my software to use on my new computer! They actually locked me out of my own software that I paid for! I thought that was really bad on their part. Like I mean I understand charging more for a new version but if I already bought it and was happy with it, I should be able to keep using that as long as I want.
    I decided to boycott Final draft. I don’t write full time so it wasn’t worth it to me to keep paying their new fees.
    I have used “fountanize” in chrome. It’s very basic and I miss the extras that Final draft had but I don’t want to give them my money anymore. I am going to try writer duet that several people mentioned on this site. Thank you for the tips!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes Writer Duet’s pretty great – good luck with the switch.

  48. Petal says:

    Can someone say which one is completely free. i cannot afford a software right now.

  49. Ben says:

    Anyone try scriptworthy?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi Ben, not tried it – hopefully someone can let us know.

  50. Vincent J. says:

    I used Final Draft for several years and liked it, then lost my apartment and my desktop, leaving me with a Chromebook laptop — and to my dismay, FD was incompatible with Chromebook. WriterDuet came to my rescue, so much so that I bought the paid (full, lifetime) version of WD, which runs beautifully and has several extras lacking in the basic free version. I’ve completed two feature romantic comedy screenplays with WD and am working on a third. Its scripts supposedly can be converted to FD, but I’ve yet to try that option.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, you can import and export to Final Draft in WriterDuet.

  51. Tebeck says:

    Hello, I am an amateur script writer with already many stories. But I have never seen a professional script nor do I even know what is meant by script writing software. Can anybody help me? I really love to make a career in script writing.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi Tebeck – you can download and read pro scripts here and here’s a post on the best screenwriting software available.

  52. Gary says:

    May want to take a look at Digipitch

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks Gary.

  53. Ricky says:

    I met a filmmaker at a festival who highly recommended Script Studio… have you used this software? How does it compare to Final Draft and Writer Duet?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No we haven’t used it, thanks for the heads up.

  54. Jessica says:

    I’m new to screenwriting, can anyone tell me how to use the software? Any of the software, or what would you recommend for beginners? I don’t know how to navigate the Celtx site to get started.

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