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8 Best Free and Open Source Distraction-Free Tools for Writers

Fans of the typewriter remain a vehement group. They view the typewriter as something really special, a tool which makes the connection between languages.

One of the attractions of a typewriter is that it offers a distraction-free alternative of modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the writer to concentrate on what really matters – the content. They force the writer to think.

In many countries, the typewriter has been firmly consigned to history by the computer. Yet, the computer is jam-packed with distractions. The desktop with its cluttered interface, the chatter of social media, the almost limitless content of the internet, the chirping email notifications, the list of distractions is endless. When writing, concentration is vital.

Fortunately, there are computer applications which are designed to offer a distraction-free environment, to ensure the writer has mental clarity, by not being distracted by the operating system and a cluttered interface.

Here is our take on the finest distraction-free applications to help you focus on writing without interruption. Each of the applications run in Linux, most are available as desktop applications.

Best Free and Open Source Distraction-Free Tools for Writers

Let’s explore the 8 tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.

Distraction-Free Tools for Writers
Mark TextSimple and elegant Markdown editor
FocusWriterSimple, distraction-free word processor
TextRoomBasic full-screen rich text editor for writers
ApostropheEditor that stays out your way
ghostwriterDistraction-free writing experience offering a clean interface
AbricotineMarkdown editor built for the desktop with inline preview functionality
PyRoomEditor that stays out of your way
Calmly WriterBilled as the ultimate distraction-free writing tool
Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

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John Blommers
John Blommers
2 years ago

Textroom has not seen any development activity in ten years. And it does not install on recent Debian-based systems because the dependencies are no longer available. Consider deleting it from this list.

Alan Gomez
Alan Gomez
2 years ago
Reply to  John Blommers

Stop using Debian.

TextRoom is great software, don’t delete it from the recommendations.

Alex Scott
Alex Scott
2 years ago

While I didn’t try very hard, TextRoom doesn’t install on Ubuntu. If anyone has it working on Ubuntu, let me know please.

Dwarf Gourami
Dwarf Gourami
1 year ago

I see NOONE got it Installed on Ubuntu! Duh ! I think John had a point confirmed by Alex. Maybe don’t delete but at least Notify it is a problem

1 year ago

I’ve successfully compiled TextRoom on Ubuntu and Arch, for the latter there’s a package in the AUR.