Bean: A Word Processor for macOS

Screenshot of Bean

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.

MS Word, OpenOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people, but sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean's niche.

Screenshots / Features / File Formats

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.

Download Bean

• Version 3.3.4, Released 4 November 2020 Changelog

• for macOS Mojave (10.14), Catalina (10.15), and Big Sur (11)

Older Versions:

Download version 3.2.13 for macOS High Sierra 10.13

Download version 3.2.9 for macOS Sierra 10.12

Download version 3.2.5 for OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

Download version 3.1.1 for PowerPC Macs running OS X 10.5

Download version 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.

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.

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