Scribus Portable v1.4.8 Updated

billon on 2 Jul 2019
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jul 2019
  • 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 version of the program. 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
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19 comments on Scribus Portable  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

zorro 2019-01-28 03:40

...sorry, my previous comment only applies to the stable version 1.4.7 - changing "HKCU\Software\QtProject.." to "HKCU\Software\Trolltech.." in "ScribusPortable.ini" does it.
The test version (1.5.4) is stealth out of the box.


zorro 2019-01-27 14:37

Unfortunately Scribus Portable (stable & test, is not stealth - HKCU\Software\Trolltech keys are left behind.
To make it stealth, you must edit the launcher script ("ScribusPortable.ini" under App{AppInfo\Launcher) - there the registry values are outdated: change every occurence of "HKCU\Software\QTPojects..." to "HKCU\Software\Trolltech...".
Perhaps John T. Haller changes it in the next release.


Danix 2012-02-12 11:56

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


Emka 2011-12-26 21:44

winpenpack hosts x-scribus


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!

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.

mike 2008-09-25 22:28

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

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...

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...)

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.

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