Scribus Portable v1.4.6

webfork on 30 May 2016
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Jan 2016
  • Suggested by JohnW

Scribus is a desktop-publishing tool similar to Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher. It supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. Includes support for a wide variety of file types via import filters, rendering of markup languages, and XML file format. Other features include PDF Import, EPS import/export, Unicode text including right to left scripts such as Arabic and Hebrew.

Scribus is cross-platform and open source. Scribus Portable is a version of the software. Alternatively, X-Scribus is also available.

Win2K user: Version 1.3 series option (unsupported): Portable Scribus - (choose English or multilingual, extract to any folder of your choice and Launch PortableScribus.exe)

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch ScribusPortable.exe

Optional: to enable a variety of PDF functions, install Ghostscript Portable to the folder adjacent to ScribusPortable (e.g. If you have installed Portable Scribus to X:\PortableApps\ScribusPortable, install Ghostscript to X:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Ghostscript)
Similar/alternative apps: Inkscape
What's new? Most Important Changes:
  • Scribus 1.4.6 finally supports SVG blend modes.
  • Improvements to Scribus's PDF export.
  • Improvements to hyphenation.
  • Translation and documentation updates.
  • As of version 1.4.6, Scribus includes four new color palettes, namely CIE LAB and CIE HLC, both of which are available in a CMYK and an sRGB version. They refer to affordable color fans that use an open and non-proprietary color model.
The complete changelog is available on

17 comments on Scribus Portable  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

anonimus 2006-04-22 03:22

The autor of Portable Scribus used X-Scribus code(from to make the portable version!

Form the site of portable scribus: "My big problem was getting Scribus to save user settings in the Scribus folder. I then came across someone else's attempt at a portable Scribus, called XScribus, which is what I used as the bases for my Scribus launcher code."

Concerned Individual 2006-09-13 15:17

This software is a marvelous attempt at making a great program portable, however - it DOES leave behind registry entries, all under: "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Trolltech" ...all regarding the location of the "Qt Plugins 3.3" (which are within the PortableScribus folder).

If the author could solve this, it would be truly fantastic! (I do not know how to reach the author)

Author of Portable Scribus 2006-09-14 19:11

"Concerned Individual": Thanks for letting me no. I had no clue it did that. I'll figure out a way to fix it. (Just in time, because I was about to release Portable Scribus

Concerned Individual 2006-09-21 23:07

Great job again with the software. However, it looks like a key is still written to the registry: simply "Trolltech" under "HKLM\Software".

I love the program, but it would be great to see it not leave anything behind; that is, truly "portable."

Thanks for the hard work, Author!

a 2006-10-09 22:04

nice job.. i love the fact the launcher was made in my favirite computer language..

ekin_116 2006-10-12 01:16

Note that if you are running this on non-WinXP systems, you will need to place GDIPLUS.DLL in the application folder.

is this mean if i place GDIPLUS.DLL this in Application folder first, then i can run it both winxp and win98/winme?
correct me if i am wrong.

Andrew Lee 2006-10-12 06:10

I think that's correct.

Alan B. Cohen 2007-05-10 06:09

On startup of latest version ( I am getting the following message:

"The following programs are missing:
Ghostscript: You cannot use EPS images or PostScript Print Preview."
Suggestions to resolve are appreciated. According to the ReadMe.txt file, Ghostscript 8.56 is supposed to be included.

Slythfox 2007-05-10 18:51

I think you're using an old scribus.ini file for the new version.

Two choices:
1. Delete (or rename) your scribus.ini file, and PortableScribus will recreate the file when launched.
2. Edit your scribus.ini file, and change "GSPath=/xyz/..." to "GSPath=Scribus/gs/"

Daniel 2007-10-25 12:37

I am having a similar problem. Followed the instructions on the Scribus webpage to install Scribus/Aqua 1.3.4, which includes adding Python 2.4 and Ghostscript to the /Library/Frameworks folder. (SourceForge included the option to download gpl-ghostscript-857B, which I assumed was a recent beta and chose not to touch.)

When Scribus is started, the splash screen comes up perfect and then the following error:
"The following programs are missing:
Ghostscript : You cannot use EPS images or Print Preview"

Clicking OK seems to make it all good, but I am wondering how to fix this.
Thoughts are appreciated.

Slythfox 2007-11-18 15:39

Daniel, please go to the Scribus forums for support. PortableScribus is only a wrapper for making the Windows version of Scribus portable. (PortableScribus includes Scribus and gs...)

Garadon 2007-11-27 00:20

Has anyone been able to import an EPS file in Portabe Scribus?
I am failing miserably with eps files created in Matlab or in Inkscape. The non-portable version used to be fine...

mike 2008-09-25 22:28

is anyone aware of a spell checker that works with (portable) scribus?

Gary 2010-03-24 04:57

Anyone able to import or paste cjk? I'm on Korean Win XP but it won't display Korean Text. I've tried .odt, .txt, and pasting from widows clipboard.

The font paths ARE SHOWN as availabe under File/preferences/fonts/available fonts.

English text pastes and imports just fine.

mac 2010-11-28 15:41

In X-Scribus, the only font colors are black and white!? Could anybody help me how to fix this? Thanks!

Emka 2011-12-26 21:44

winpenpack hosts x-scribus


Danix 2012-02-12 11:56

X-Scribus 1.4.0 is hosted here
Please update the link in main description.


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