Downloading, Installing, and Registering Scrivener

 Downloading the Scrivener Software

If you haven’t done it already, here’s how to download the Scrivener software to your computer.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Download Free Trial button.
    L&L Home page
  3. Click the Download Free Trial button for the Windows version.
    download free trial The Scrivener-installer.exe file downloads to you computer, most likely to your Downloads folder.

Installing Scrivener

Here’s how to install Scrivener once you’ve downloaded the file.

  1. If you got a bar at the bottom of your browser while the file was downloading, click Run (see image above). If not, go to your Downloads folder and double-click the scrivener-installer.exe file.
    Scrivener-installer.exe in Downloads folderScrivener runs the installer.
  2. Follow the prompts to install the software.
  3. Once Scrivener is installed, delete scrivener-installer.exe from the Downloads folder.

Registering/Paying for Scrivener

Scrivener comes with a 30-use free trial. Every time you open the software during the free trial, Scrivener will remind you how many days you have left and prompt you to pay and register.

— Click Buy Online to purchase Scrivener. (Or click here to purchase now.)

Upon payment, you’ll receive a registration code via email with your unique serial number in the following format:


TIP: Save the serial number and name you registered under in a safe place. You’ll need both again if you install Scrivener on an additional computer in your household (must also be a Windows PC), or if you have to reinstall after a hard drive failure, etc.

To register your copy, do the following.

  1. Open Scrivener.
    You should get a “Scrivener is unregistered!” text box prompting you to pay and register. (If not, go to Help—>Registration.)
  2. In the Serial Number Name text box, enter the name you used when you paid.
  3. In the Serial Number text box, enter the serial number (or copy and paste from your confirmation email).
  4. Click Register.
    Once your information is authenticated, you can begin using Scrivener immediately, and you won’t receive the prompt to register anymore.

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