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Trelby is open source feature-rich screenplay writing software that is simple and easy to use. Trelby was previously developed by a different author under the name Blyte, starting life as commercial software but subsequently released under an open source license.

Trelby divides a screenplay into a long list of elements, each with a specific element style. The available element styles are: Scene, Action, Character, Dialogue, Parenthetical, Transition, Shot, and Note.

 Trelby 2.2

Free to download



Trelby developers


System Requirements
Python 2.6 or 2.7
wxWidgets 2.8

Manual, Getting Started, Blog, Twitter

Selected Reviews:, The Writer Underground

Features include:

  • Screenplay editor: Enforces correct script format and pagination, auto-completion, and spell checking
  • Multiplatform : Behaves identically on all platforms, generating the exact same output
  • Multiple views:
    • Draft view - has the advantage that you see only the actual words you have written without page-break related formatting distractions. It is also the fastest mode, and allows more lines to be viewed
    • WYSIWYG mode
    • Fullscreen to suit your writing style
    • Overview - small
    • Overview - large
  • Name database: Character name database containing over 200,000 names from various countries
  • Reporting: Scene/location/character/dialogue reports
  • Compare: Ability to compare scripts, so you know what changed between versions
  • Import: Formatted text, Final Draft XML (.fdx)
  • Export: PDF, formatted text, HTML, RTF, Final Draft XML (.fdx)
  • PDF: Built-in, highly configurable PDF generator. Supports embedding your chosen font.

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