Scribus is a powerful desktop publishing software that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds. It also comes with a lot of support options to help you achieve the best result. There is an enthusiastic and friendly community around Scribus that assists beginners and professionals alike through our mailing list, IRC channel, wiki, contracted support, and the bugtracker.

Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation.

The aspect that's most easily to understand: The software is Free. You don't have to pay us a dime. Scribus is distributed under the General Public License (with a few exceptions), which makes it free and legal for use in any setting, including commercial and governmental organizations. The license also permits anyone to modify the publicly available source code without having to ask for permission.

Scribus pen.png Professionals and amateurs are producing top-quality publications with Scribus, which is why the list of the Scribus success stories keeps growing year after year.

Scribus pen.png Scribus-produced PDF files are RIP-ready. Scribus PDFs are being constantly tested on both cutting edge printing house equipment and low-budget printers. The Scribus Team makes it its highest priority to respond to PDF generation inquiries without delay. Scribus was the first software to support several new generations of Adobe's PDF specifications well ahead of the commercial software.

Scribus pen.png The Scribus User Mailing List is very active. Many Scribus Team members, experienced users and professional DTP experts will answer questions posted on the list.

Scribus pen.png A wealth of documentation including How-Tos, Tutorials, and articles on just about any aspect of DTP and Scribus in several languages are present in our Wiki.

Scribus pen.png Books in several languages have been published about Scribus, so you can probably find one that'll get you started right away.

What's New:


  • Improvements for undo and redo of grouped items
  • Support for later versions of dependencies such as poppler and podofo
  • Fixed: Issue with Qt menu heuristics causing translations not to work.
  • As of version 1.5.7, the minimum Qt version to compile Scribus is 5.14.

PDF import

  • As of version 1.5.7, Scribus can import text as editable text from PDF files. It should be noted that this new feature is still experimental.

PDF export

  • Improved font embedding for OpenType fonts in PDF/X-4

User interface

  • Unification and standardization of the user interface regarding margins, button and widget sizing, thanks to the tireless work of Gyuris GellĂ©rt.

Render frames

  • Render frames are now pre-configured for the use of XeLaTeX.

Technical/OS-related updates

  • macOS: Scribus 1.5.7 notarization has been fixed. It will run correctly without security warnings from Apple on Mojave through Big Sur. For those that use the Scripter functionality, our default DMG download of Scribus on macOS uses Python 2.x installed with the operating system. We have an experimental release that allows the use of Python3 if the user has XCode installed.
  • macOS: Inclusion of libqxp/libzmf to bring parity across OSes for importing of QXP and ZMF files.