FOSS Corner, for the Markdown fans among us: Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter is the true distraction free writing tool, and best of all: it’s free


Ghostwriter features at-a-glance:

  • Distraction-free writing experience
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Light and dark themes (plus theme customiser)
  • Autosave
  • Markdown support, preview, and cheat-sheet (press F1).
  • Focus Mode
  • Word count, statistics, and session info
  • Export to Multiple Formats
  • Hemingway mode
  • Drag and drop JPG images into body
  • Supports MathJax

Looks promising. I may give it a go when I have some time.

Folks should be aware:


MacOS has unofficial support provided by the community. The app mostly works but for a few quirks. Unfortunately, you will have to compile the source in order to run it, as there is currently no installer available.

Download the source code from the GitLab repository and see the file for build instructions.

If you would like to contribute to improving MacOS support, please see the contributing guidelines.

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Yes, that’s exactly why I’ve passed up on Ghostwriter up to this point.

Another FOSS choice, which has a normal macOS installation, is CotEditor.


I know, building from source is a bit of a challenge sometimes. I built it some time ago and it did work, so have been using it off and on for a few weeks. (mainly as I also use it on my linux machines)

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I attempted to build and got a fatal error: ‘KCoreAddons/KAboutData’ file not found

I am sad.