1.5.7 Release

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The Scribus Team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.5.7. Like 1.5.6 it 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 bugfixing this also meant refining newly introduced features, as well as preparing the code for future Qt versions. A few remaining issues aside, this release has been thoroughly tested and is considered to be stable. However, there are also some new features.

Please note that while some bugfixes still may be backported to the 1.4.x branch, we do not plan an official relase of this version anymore. If you think you need the changes, you have to check out the SVN repository and build 1.4.9svn from source.

Most important changes


  • Improvements for undo and redo of grouped items
  • Support for later versions of dependencies such as poppler and podofo
  • Fixed: Issue with Qt menu heuristics causing translations not to work.
  • As of version 1.5.7, the minimum Qt version to compile Scribus is 5.14.

PDF import

  • As of version 1.5.7, Scribus can import text from PDF files. It should be noted, though, that this new feature ought to be used with caution, because it's likely to destroy existing layouts.

PDF export

  • Improved font embedding for OpenType fonts in PDF/X-4

User Interface

  • Unification and standardisation of the user interface regarding margins, button and widget sizing, thanks to the tireless work of Gyuris Gellért.

Render frames

  • Render frames are now pre-configured for the use of XeLaTeX.

Technical/OS-related Updates

  • macOS: Scribus 1.5.7 notarisation has been fixed. It will run correctly without security warnings from Apple on Mojave through Big Sur. For those that use the Scripter functionality, our default DMG download of Scribus on macOS uses Python 2.x installed with the operating system. We have an experimental release that allows the use of Python3 if the user has XCode installed.

The complete changelog is available here: https://bugs.scribus.net/changelog_page.php?version_id=112 More details are available from the Scribus Commit Mailing List archive (http://lists.scribus.net/pipermail/scribus-commit/), beginning with revision 24254 in November 2020.

Primary Download Locations

Download Verification

Description File Name Sha256sum Sha1sum
Source scribus-1.5.7.tar.xz
Source scribus-1.5.7z
OS X 10.14 or higher, Intel x64 scribus-1.5.7.dmg
*Experimental* OS X 10.15 or higher, Intel x64, XCode required for Python3 scribus-1.5.7-CatalinaPy3.dmg
Windows 32/64 Bit scribus-1.5.7-windows.exe
Windows 64 Bit scribus-1.5.7-windows-x64.exe
Linux 64 bit AppImage [1] scribus-1.5.7-linux-x86_64.AppImage
Windows PortableApps.com Format ScribusPortable_1.5.7.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.

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