LyX-Outline is a forthcoming add-on to the popular document processor, LyX, that will give it many of the same features as the writing tool, Scrivener. This add-on is a recognition that writing is about more than just plugging away at a piece of prose until it is finished. It’s also about tracking down loose ends, trying to visualize structure, and avoiding as many dead-ends as possible. In a word, it’s about getting from point alpha to point omega by the quickest route possible (which may not necessarily be a straight line). Just like LyX, the outline module will be completely cross platform and available on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other Unix variants. If you’d like to know more about LyX-Outline, you can find an overview of version 0.1 of the program here, as well as the original proposal.


Development Progress

If you are interested in the development of LyX-Outline, you can find more information at  If you are currently a tester, you can file bug reports.  If there is a feature that you would like to see, you can also file a request.  Like in all things, please be as specific and concrete as possible


  1. Source Code (713.2 KB). The python source code and supporting files.
  2. Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista) (10.5 MB). Precompiled binaries for Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7. Includes all of the necessary Python and Qt4 dependencies.
  3. Mac OS X (75.8 MB). Precompiled binaries for Mac OS X which include all of the necessary Python and Qt4 dependencies. The package size is large due to the inclusion of debugging information in the build. Unfortunately, they are necessary for the program to run correctly.


Source Code

LyX-Outline is written in entirely in Python and PyQt. Before you can run LyX-Outline, you must install a functioning PyQt development environment. General instructions to do this can be found here. Platform specific instructions for Windows, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux are also available. After PyQt has been set-up, download the LyX-Outline source code and extract it. Then, open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to the recently extracted folder. LyX-Outline can be launched by typing:


Microsoft Windows

The precompiled binary package for Windows contains everything that you need to run the program. Extract the files to a location on your local drive. To launch, double click on LyX_Outline_Main.exe.

Mac OS X

Extract the program to your Applications folder. To run, double click the application bundle.

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