FBReader for MacOS

FBReader for Mac OS X is not a port of the iOS version but a separate application designed and developed specially for Macs. The app works on both Intel and Apple Silicon chips. FBReader requires Mac OS 10.14 or higher; we release updates for 11.0 and higher.

Readium LCP certified

Starting from release 2.1, FBReader, in addition to DRM-free books, can open ePubs protected with Readium LCP.

You can install FBReader from the Mac App Store or download it directly from this site:

The App Store version is restricted: it scraps out direct ebook purchases according to Apple requirements. If you want to purchase books from the app, please get the package from our site.

At the moment, the App Store contains FBReader 2.0.5. We are working to pass the Apple review for the new version as soon as possible.

Current version: 2.1, published 19th July 2024

The table shows the status of the most significant features in the latest version.

Supported formatsePub, fb2, fb2.zip, mobi, rtf, MS doc, plain text, cbz
Not supported formatscbr, cb7, pdf, djvu, docx
DRM protectionFBReader is certified to open Readium LCP-protected ePubs
Book reading, styles, hyperlinks, hyphenationsFully implemented
Page header and footerFully implemented, is customisable
Page turning/text scrollingSpacebar and right arrow key turn page forward; left arrow key turns back. Up and down arrows scroll text line-by-line. Mouse click on right/left margins turns ahead/back. Mouse/touchpad scrolls page (horizontally) and lines (vertically)
Multi-book (multi-window) modeFully implemented
Two-column modeFully implemented. The text switches to two-column mode automatically. You can tune the logic in the “Columns & Margins” preferences section
Text selectionImplemented, excluding automatic text scrolling when user selects end of the page
Table of contentsFully implemented
BookmarksImplemented: adding, removing, style selection, navigation over the bookmarks list; adding/editing/removing styles, text editing
Language selectionAutomatic language/encoding detection only; there is no way to fix a detection error manually
Advanced text navigationClick on the page footer navigates over the text; undo/redo buttons allow to jump back. The position stack persists between runs
Dark themeFully implemented; the reader switches theme automatically according to the system changes

All titles listFully implemented
Lists of recently added/opened booksFully implemented
Books by authorFully implemented
Books by seriesFully implemented
Books by tagsNot implemented yet
Custom shelvesNot implemented yet
Book downloadFully implemented
Book meta info dialogueFully implemented
Book deletionFully implemented
Multiple book selection, group operationsNot implemented yet

BrowsingImplemented, some OPDS features are still under development
Book downloadingFully implemented
Navigation historyImplemented, not persists between runs
BookmarksFully implemented
SearchImplemented, needs some improvements in multi-catalogue search
Built-in cataloguesProject Gutenberg and Smashwords Online Catalogue
Adding of custom OPDS cataloguesFully implemented
Network authorisationImplemented for some catalogues

Titles list from serverFully implemented
Uploading new books to the serverFully implemented
Deleting booksFully implemented
A way to force upload a recently deleted bookNot implemented yet
PositionsFully implemented
BookmarksFully implemented
Custom shelvesNot implemented yet
Network catalogues list, library bookmarksNot implemented yet

Preferences dialogueImplemented; some minor pages and options are still missing
Settings export/importFully implemented
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