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 for High Sierra or Mojave

Version 3.2.13 (released 3 May 2019) for macOS High Sierra (10.13) or macOS Mojave (10.14)

• Not compatible with earlier macOS versions

• Includes several bug fixes.

Download Bean for Sierra

Version 3.2.9 (released 14 November 2016) for macOS Sierra 10.12

• Not compatible with earlier macOS versions

• New in this version: even more bug fixes for Sierra

• Spanish localization (Thank you, Francisco Ramón Román)

Download Bean

Version 3.2.5 (released 8 March 2013) OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), Intel only

Localized for: Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Slovak

[Download Bean for PowerPC Macs]

This older version (3.1.1) is compatible with PowerPC processor Macs running OS X Leopard 10.5+

[Download Bean for Tiger]

This older version (2.4.5) is compatible with OS X Tiger 10.4+

Changelog / News & Plans / Previous Versions

Requirements / Installation

Bean requires a Mac with an Intel processor, running at least OS X 10.5 Leopard or greater.

To install, double-click the downloaded file This will unarchive a folder named Bean-Install. Inside this folder you will find the Bean app, which you can drag into your Applications folder. You can then trash 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. However, Bean 2.4.x is open source (download source code here).

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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