‘Skrywer’ is a Distraction-free Text editor (with background ambient sounds) for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 & 12.04 LTS

‘Skrywer’ is a new distraction-free text editor for Ubuntu users. It doesn’t have a lot of options, but it comes with few built-in ambient sounds (ocean waves, forest, raining, fireplace & a night outside) and I found them to be quite inspiring :).

It also lets you change between few font styles & sizes, 4 built-in typing sounds, 6 background images (can be used without one), change the opacity & size of the typing area (including moving it) and Undo/Redo the changes. You can save your documents into the PDF format as well.

It has a simple tool-bar that shows up when you move your mouse pointer around the top of the screen, although the buttons do look a bit ugly to be honest.


The ambient sounds are somewhat short and thus you’ll experience a short delays while a sound is being re-played. Anyhow, if interested, you can install ‘Skyrwer’ on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 & 12.04 LTS by searching for ‘skrywer’ on the Ubuntu Software Center.

Manually changing the background …

If you want, then you can use its configuration file for manually changing the background (including the background sound & the font). For that, open your Terminal window & enter the below command.

sudo -i gedit ~/.config/skrywer/skrywer.conf

Then under the option ‘lokacijaPozadine’ (it’s in Bosnian, means ‘Background location’ — thanks Google Translate), simply replace the path of your image with the existing one.


Once done, save your changes and exit the editor, and the next time you open ‘Skrywer’ the manually set image should be used as the default one. Enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

4 thoughts on “‘Skrywer’ is a Distraction-free Text editor (with background ambient sounds) for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 & 12.04 LTS”

    • Hi,

      Mate, you can always turn them off.

      That said, from my perspective, ‘distraction-free’ is actually a state of mind in which it is totally receptive or fearless (if you will), which is rendered from the understanding that, perhaps the key to happiness is by being content with how things are, rather than trying to get rid of them.

      So sometimes, for some people (including me), music helps for uplifting the mind :).

  1. if you want install this in a notebook Ubuntu center says “”this software need a mouse and you don’t have one”……………………………. ¡?¡?¡?¡?¡?¡?¡?¡?

    • Hi,

      I don’t have Ubuntu right now to test it out, but, if you’re on a portable computer & haven’t got a mouse attached, then try with one (I know it’s weird but under the ‘Hardware requirements it says ‘mouse’, hmmmm …)


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