Trelby – feature-rich screenwriting program

Trelby is open source feature-rich screenplay writing software that’s simple and easy to use.

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.

The software features a no-distraction fullscreen writing mode.

Features include:

  • Screenplay editor: Enforces correct script format and pagination, auto-completion, and spell checking.
  • 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.
    • Full screen 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), Fountain, Adobe Story, Fade In Pro, and Celtx.
  • Export: PDF, formatted text, HTML, RTF, Final Draft XML (.fdx), Fountain. There’s also watermarked PDF export.
  • PDF: Built-in, highly configurable PDF generator. Supports embedding your chosen font.
  • Undo/redo.
  • Non-breaking space support.
  • Unicode filenames are supported.
  • Dual mouse and keyboard selection. Trelby’s selection was written with the keyboard in mind.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux and Windows, behaving identically on all platforms, generating the exact same output.

Support: Manual
Developer: Trelby developers
License: GNU GPL v2

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.


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