How to Install FocusWriter (Professional Writing Application) in Ubuntu Linux?

If you're a professional writer who'd like to have a simple text editor or a professional writing to be precise with minimal of distractions, then you'd find most of the built in ones that come with almost all the GNU/Linux desktop environments to be a bit of a pain in the as* :).

Although I'm not blaming the developers by any means since they've done an excellent job of creating all purpose, easy to use text editors of their own (such as Gedit, Kate, Leafpad, etc) but as said since the needs of a "true writer" is a bit different than with most of us, thus most of these applications may not simply meet your needs.

Now I've already talked about an excellent one recently which is known as Pyroom but it lacks few things such as no built in spellings checker and other few advanced options. But that being said, if you're looking for a very minimalistic writer app then it's pretty darn good.

But if you're looking for a much more closer to professional writing application for GNU/Linux, then Focuswriter (written in Qt toolkit) is simply an amazing application.

This is in the "windowed" mode... by default it runs in Full-Screen...

Main features...

*. Not just for GNU/Linux actually, this is a cross-platform utility thus you can use it under MS Windows, Mac OSX as well.

*. Has a built in spell checker which as said something that most other applications don't have these days.

*. Find and replace text.

*. A lot of built in text editing features such as - screen alignments, add smart quotes, bold/underline/italic/strike through/, change font, size and colors + redo/undo, etc.

*. Switch between full screen and windowed mode by pressing the "F11" on your Keyboard.

*. Customize the look-n-feel by changing background colors, font colors, etc.

*. Few built in language support.

*. Printing support.

*. Save in different formats.

*. Add a third party dictionary.

*. Save text automatically (you'll have to enable it via the "preferences window").

*. It can even output typewriter sounds! :)... these are just a very few of its features to mention.

You can install Focuswriter in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 11.10, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the developer's personal PPA. Just open your Terminal window and enter the below commands.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install focuswriter

In Unity desktop you can search for "focuswriter" or put it in your command-line OR from the main application menu go to: "Applications" -> "Office" -> "FocusWriter". That's it!.


Anonymous said...


however, should say:

sudo apt-get install focuswriter

if you wish to add the ppa and install from the terminal in ubuntu 12.04

Gayan said...


Anyway you like it mate :).

Liv Leigh said...

Running from Ubuntu 10.10, I get the following error:

Unable to locate package focuswriter

This after going through the steps you mentioned..?

Gayan said...

@Live Leigh,

I'm very sorry 'Liv', the last command is missing 'install'.

I updated the post, please try again and this time it should work.

T.K.Bickoly said...


I have Ubuntu 10.10. I typed everything correct and I still get
"Unable to locate package focuswriter" .

Gayan said...


Oops, seems like the last time I edited it, I have added another 'mistake' :).

I re-corrected the three commands. So please re-run those commands again and this time they should work.

Sorry about that.

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