How to Convert InDesign to Scribus

By Tammy Clevenger

Updated September 28, 2017

Scribus is an open source, freely available page layout program. You can convert other document types, such as Adobe InDesign files, to the Scribus format. Save the file you want to open in Scribus as a document type compatible with the open source program, such as PostScript (with a .ps file extension) or Encapsulated PostScript (with an .eps file extension). You can download a free copy of Scribus from The program is available for all operating systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Open the file you wish to export in Adobe InDesign.

Click the “File” option on the top navigation bar, then select “Save As.”

Click the arrow next to the “Save as Type” drop-down list, then choose either the “PostScript (.ps)” or “Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)” option from the list.

Type a name for the newly exported file in the “File Name” input box, then click “Save.” The document is converted to the PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript file type.

Open the file in Scribus for editing.