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Install Binary (Easier)

  • Manuskript Download
  • TIP: Install pandoc for more export document formats such as ePub, OpenDocument (LibreOffice), and DocX (MS Word).

Install Source Code (More Work, Runs on More OS Platforms)


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Known Issues

Qt 5.5.1

  • Compile/export will silently overwrite existing file (PR #613)

Qt 5.11.x to 5.12.x

  • Import will cause Manuskript to crash (PR #612)

The procedure entry point OPENSSL_sk_new_reserve could not be located...

  • This is caused by an incompatibility between PyQt and Python. (Source.)
    • Starting at PyQt 5.12.4, it is built against OpenSSL 1.1.1; prior to that, it was built against OpenSSL 1.1.0.
    • Python 3.7.4+ is built against OpenSSL 1.1.1, but earlier Python versions were built against OpenSSL 1.1.0.
  • To fix this, make sure your version of Python and PyQt rely on the same version of OpenSSL.

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Mission Statement

The goal of Manuskript is to ease the task of writing large projects by providing facilities to stay organized and track details, while also keeping distractions to a minimum. Functionality is to be provided by Free Software only.

To maximize flexibility an open and plain text file format is used enabling collaboration with third-party tools.



  • Manuskript is written in Python3 and PyQt5
  • All code changes and Pull Requests should be based on the develop branch.
  • The minimum target screen resolution is 1024x600 (was popular with small laptops / netbooks)
  • We strive to conform to Qt guidelines. E.g.: User Interface Text Guidelines
  • Tip: Add --console as last option on command line to use IPython Jupyter QT Console as a debugging aid.
    We try to ensure that Manuskript will run on currently supported Operating Systems with Qt integration. This includes several GNU/Linux distributions, in addition to recent versions of proprietary Windows and macOS X.
    OSes we often use in our testing include: Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Windows.
    No promise of support is provided. See also GNU General Public License.
  • Roadmap contains some potential future plans.


Packaging (for release package file)

Releasing Official Version