1.5.6 Release

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The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.5.6. The relase was delayed due to the current pandemic, but we finally got there. This is a major release on our way to 1.6.0, even though most changes have taken place "under the hood". Apart from a few remaining fringe issues, this release has been thoroughly tested and is considered to be stable. However, there are also a lot of new features.

Most important changes

Technical/OS-related Updates

  • macOS: Scribus 1.5.6 is certified to be installed and run on current versions of macOS. If you want to use Scribus on a computer with the latest version of macOS, 1.5.6 is the required version.
  • Windows: JEAN

User Interface

  • One of the most important changes compared to earlier versions is the introduction of a context-sensitive Content Palette. If set to visible, it will adjust to the kind of item (text frame, image frame, table, group) you have selected.
  • Ctrl/CMD+Click enables selecting items below guides.
  • A new PDF-based output preview is now available.
  • Support for dark UIs themes has been improved.
  • It's now possible to "cycle" through the items in a group by pressing Alt+Ctrl/Cmd+Click


  • Support for PDF 1.6 export, including embedded OpenType fonts.
  • Improvements to the IDML, PDF, XTG and KRA importers.
  • A Markdown import filter has been added.

Text and Typography

  • Launching Scribus via the Command Line on any OS will now reveal more font-related problems; based on fontconfig 3.14.


  • Default black and white colors can now alternatively be defined in RGB and LAB.


  • On platforms other than macOS Scribus now uses Python 3.
  • Many new commands have been added to the Scripter; others have been renamed to be more intuitive. For more information, please have a look at the Scripter documentation, which has also been updated to reflect the changes.


  • With the exception of the Windows platform, Scribus can now use a PDF-based and newly written printing engine. PostScript is still available, but will be removed over time.

The complete changelog is available here: https://bugs.scribus.net/changelog_page.php?version_id=110

Primary Download Locations

Download Verification

Description File Name Sha256sum Sha1sum
Source scribus-1.5.6.tar.xz 577906eeaf885c6e29397d0c28fcff038e18f215141275048dbed527dcaf47e2 720314cf0e9284aea6f5963e58d4eceb9a890407
Source scribus- 539cde390469b5c0e74d0a93918cfbc8dd86e8d65891907de3b78834220a8e49 2b3f5e0efedf543e4de9a344deefc09331c9a3cd
OS X 10.14 or higher, Intel x64 scribus-1.5.6.dmg 8e34d7be9a078cc7a9a23d3c4940807d42ba6a22c3ac2b172c4ece025afa1d8c 6b21f9f123e82cea98aefedc92a8f5de3a976c9f
Windows 32/64 Bit scribus-1.5.6-windows.exe ce51a6b9cc48cf103f04833cffdd6db509c5d96a459481636dfd9c24daaf4cf4 e7398e273d9784dbf0cd10c2cb616db0bab0bbcc
Windows 64 Bit scribus-1.5.6-windows-x64.exe 4c5195973de56a79426a88c1801f68328f2cf915c8695ff6f3cbf72fc213c6cf c4ed881dc45b6f61ae132840136fccdc90fc4c29
Linux 64 bit AppImage [1] scribus-1.5.6-linux-x86_64.AppImage ac74f15bf3c942b773821880b94355e5defd125be6a398a515b9eb11cb85f8ef 5eaabba925bf1d91392026d4c1f09d465c8118b7
Windows PortableApps.com Format ScribusPortable_1.5.6.paf.exe


The Scribus Team would like to thank Anduin.net and Modirum for their continued hosting of all of the Scribus websites.

We are grateful to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie for sponsoring.

The Scribus Team is also honored to have Resene Colours (New Zealand), dtp studio Oldenburg (Germany), Scientific Illustration Services Corp. (USA), the Newspaper Association of America (USA), Software Consulting Services (USA), freieFarbe e.V. (Germany), bauwerk Kommunikationsdesign (Germany) as Special Supporters and donors of color palettes and other content since the 1.4.x release, just like we are grateful to the owner of Vector Portal for the permission to distribute some of his work as Scribus Templates.

Porting Scribus to OS/2 and eComStation is being supported by Serenity Systems (USA).

Finally, the Scribus Team would like to thank the many end users, translators, testers and contributors who helped us with this release.