Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is lean, fast and uncluttered. It starts up quickly, has a live word count, and is easy on the eyes. Also, Bean is available free of charge.

Bean has some limitations: it doesn't do footnotes or use stylesheets and is only partially compatible with Word's file formats. Also, it allows in-line graphics, but not floating graphics.

Screenshots & Tour / Read about file formats

Screenshot of Two Bean Windows


• live word count

• make template documents

• free-form headers and footers

• page layout view (optional 2-up)

• dark mode, alternate colors

• split-window editing

• full screen / focus mode editing


• date-stamped backups

• find panel with regular expressions

• word completion, dictionary

• inspector for formatting

• highlighter

• select by text style

• floating window

Download Bean

• Version 3.7.0, Released 16 May 2024 Changelog

Note: Page layout (View > Layout) now obeys View > Alternate Colors.
To disable, deselect Settings… (or Preferences…) > View > Alternate display colors > Layout view.

• For macOS Sonoma (14), Ventura (13), Monterey (12), Big Sur (11), Catalina (10.15), Mojave (10.14), and High Sierra (10.13)

Included localizations: Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Slovak, Spanish

Versions for older Macs:

Bean 3.2.9 for macOS Sierra 10.12

Bean 3.2.5 for OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Bean 3.1.1 for PowerPC Macs running OS X 10.5

Bean 2.4.5 for PowerPC Macs running OS X 10.4

List of all previous versions.


To install, double-click the downloaded .zip file. This will unarchive a folder named Bean-Install. Inside this folder you will find, which you can drag into your Applications folder. You can then trash the .zip file and the Bean-Install folder. If you are upgrading versions, be sure to quit the older version first.

If you see a dialog stating “The app is not from the Mac App Store,” control-click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu. You can open it in the future by double-clicking it.

FAQ / Troubleshooting

Answers to common questions about Bean are here. For troubleshooting, click here.

Cost / License / Sourcecode / Warranty

Bean is provided at no monetary cost. is released under The Bean Word Processor Software License.

Bean 3.x is closed source.

Bean comes with no warranty; you assume all the risk of using it.


Report bugs, give feedback, or ask questions here: jnrh2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Instructions for localization here.