Scott Hanselman

Announcing Open Live Writer - An Open Source Fork of Windows Live Writer

December 09, 2015 Comment on this post [184] Posted in Open Source
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Open Live Writer is the spiritual successor to Windows Live Writer

Meta enough for you?Today is the day. An independent group of volunteers within Microsoft has successfully open sourced and forked Windows Live Writer. The fork is called Open Live Writer (also known as OLW) and it is part of the .NET Foundation and managed by this group of volunteers. Read the fantastic announcement at the .NET Foundation Blog! Download Open Live Writer now!

Windows Live Writer 2012 was the last version Microsoft released and can still be downloaded from If you're not comfortable using Open Source Software, I recommend you stick with classic WLW.

If you're willing to put up with some bugs, then join us in this brave new world, you can download Open Live Writer from We're calling today's release version 0.5.

Here's some of the added features, the removed features, the stuff that doesn't work, and our plans for the future:

  • REMOVED: Spell Checking. The implementation was super old and used a 3rd party spell checker we didn't have a license to include an open source release. Going forward we will add Spell Check using the built-in spell checker that was added in Windows 8. Open Live Writer on Windows 7 probably won't have spell check.
  • REMOVED: The Blog This API. It was a plugin to Internet Explorer and Firefox and was a mess of old COM stuff.
  • REMOVED: The "Albums" feature. It uploaded photos to OneDrive but depended on a library that was packaged with Windows Live Mail and Live Messenger and we couldn't easily get permission to distribute it in an open source project.
  • ADDING VERY SOON: Google runs the excellent Blogger blog service. We've worked with the Blogger Team within Google on this project, and they've been kind enough to keep an older authentication endpoint running for many months while we work on Open Live Writer. Soon, Google and Blogger will finally shut down this older authentication system. Blogger will use the more modern OAuth 2 and Open Live Writer will be updated to support OAuth 2. Windows Live Writer will never support this new OAuth 2 authentication system, so if you use Blogger, you'll need to use Open Live Writer.
  • BROKEN/KNOWN ISSUES: We are actively working on supporting Plugins. We have an plan in place and we are looking for your feedback on the most popular plugins that you want brought over from the Windows Live Writer ecosystem.

Our roadmap for the future is published here on GitHub.

NOTE: Open Live Writer is NOT a Microsoft product. It is an open source project under the .NET Foundation and is managed and coded by volunteers. Some of the volunteers work for Microsoft and are doing this work in their spare time.

Are you an existing user of Windows Live Writer?

We encourage you to install Open Live Writer and try it out! OLW will run side-by-side with your existing Windows Live Writer installation. Open Live Writer installs VERY quickly and updates itself automatically. Try it out! It's early but it's a start. Please bear with us as we work to improve Open Live Writer.

if you do find bugs, please share your bugs at and be specific about what's not working. And please, be patient. We are doing this as volunteers - we are NOT representing Microsoft. Open Live Writer is no longer a Microsoft project, so while we will do our best to support you, let's all try to support one another!

Are you a developer/designer/writer?

We've got dozens of volunteers and a few dedicated core committers. Your Pull Requests and code ARE appreciated, but please talk to the team and comment on issues before submitting any major Pull Requests (PRs). Community is appreciated and we don't want to reject your hard work, so it's best you talk to the team in a GitHub Issue and get approved for large work items before you spend a lot of time on OLW. We welcome to open source as well! Help us with our docs, as well!

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL NOTE: Much of the code in Open Live Writer is nearly 10 years old. The coding conventions, styles, and idioms are circa .NET 1.0 and .NET 1.1. You may find the code unusual or unfamiliar, so keep that in mind when commenting and discussing the code. Before we start adding a bunch of async and await and new .NET 4.6isms, we want to focus on stability and regular updates. 

Building Open Live Writer and making your own personal copy!

To be clear, you don't need to be a programmer to run OLW. Just head over to and download now. However, if you do want to hack on OLW here's how!

  • Clone the sources: git clone

At this point, you can build and run inside Visual Studio 2015 Community. It's free to download at A solution file for OLW is located at.\src\managed\writer.sln.

  • Alternatively, you can build at the command prompt:
    • Run .\build to compile. The binaries are dropped in .\src\managed\bin\Debug\i386\Writer\
    • Run .\run to launch Writer.

Going Forward

I know it felt like it took a long time to open source Open Live Writer. In fact, my buddy John Gallant found the first email where we started asking questions in April of 2013. There was a lot involved both legally and technically as we were breaking new ground for Microsoft. Consider this. We've successfully open sourced a previously completely proprietary piece of Windows software that shipped as part of Windows Live Essentials. This software was used by millions and contained code as old as a decade or more. Persistence pays off.

This is just the beginning! Big thanks to the team that made this possible. Specifically I want to call out Will Duff, Rob Dolin, and Robert Standefer who have been there from the beginning offering coding, logistical, and legal support. Thanks to Ben Pham for our logo, and Martin Woodward from the .NET Foundation for his support, Azure Storage account, and code signing certificate! I can't thank everyone here, there's a longer list of contributors on our home page!

We are looking forward to hearing from you and perhaps you'll join us in our open source journey.

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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December 09, 2015 20:17
Wow, congrats.

It's being a long journey. Finally you guys make this happen.
December 09, 2015 20:25
Great progress !
So when the roadmap says "windows 10" - does that mean UWP app?
I think WLW would make a great showcase of a legacy .NET app migrated to Windows 10. Especially dealing with sandbox issues.
December 09, 2015 20:30
Congratulations! I know it's been a long, hard fight to make this happen - but thank you for making this happen!
December 09, 2015 20:33
Cool! Thank you.
December 09, 2015 20:33
Amazing. This took a while, thanks for making it happen. Going Opensource is not always easy with legacy code. This example shows. Thanks for fighting the good fight.
December 09, 2015 20:39
That is GREAT news...hopefully somebody will add a publish to Markdown from this great tool
December 09, 2015 20:57
Great! Now that Microsoft dropped Windows Media Center, could we please have that open sourced as well! IMHO it is still the most stable and polished media center with recording support.
December 09, 2015 21:00
I'm amped about this. Maybe I'll start blogging again ;)
December 09, 2015 21:20
I don't suppose any of the volunteers are interested in revamping Movie Maker next?
December 09, 2015 21:38
Thanks for awesome work on this. Further I will echo Bill strongly and maybe a little bit Henrik. I am still installing 2012 Live Movie Maker on Windows 10 in schools because it is a decent free option.
December 09, 2015 21:41
Congratulations! The King is dead - long live the King!
December 09, 2015 21:44
Great news!!! Was waiting for it for a long time... Just downloaded but was not able to login with my blogger account credential.
December 09, 2015 21:54
I like WLW since a lot of years and I am happy about this great news
December 09, 2015 22:26
Not sure if that is possible: If available, can the winword spell checker be used? Writing in English is not my native language (and even in German it gets iffy sometimes ;). I find the winword checker to be one of the best and iirc there is a way to use this in other apps.

Either way: Extremely happy that the best blog editor ever is going open source. ;)
December 09, 2015 22:33
Thanks a ton for all of your effort on pushing to get this open sourced Scott! Truly amazing and I cannot image how hard it must have been to get everything sorted out to get this done. This again shows your importance on the software community.
December 09, 2015 22:48
As the .NET framework has been released as open source software, could it be possible in the long term for the project to go cross-platform?
December 09, 2015 22:54
I love WLW, thanks for giving it a new life!
December 09, 2015 23:16
This is great news. Thanks for making this happen.
December 09, 2015 23:20
Awesome work all involved!

So many loved WLW, glad to see it be usable in the Win10 era without needing any hacks to install it :)
December 10, 2015 0:23
This is awesome news! I already have a few contribution ideas ;)
December 10, 2015 0:42
I think I'm more excited about this than I am the open-sourcing of the .NET framework! :P
December 10, 2015 1:14
Fantastic! Will put it to use immediately. Great work Scott & Co.!
December 10, 2015 1:43
Thanks for OLW! Let's hope many millions of posts will be written with it. :-)
December 10, 2015 1:54
"This is just the beginning!"

Interesting. Do you mean that more of OLW will be open sourced or that more projects will follow this example?
December 10, 2015 2:01
I cannot tell you how happy this news makes me. Can't wait for version 1.0!
December 10, 2015 2:15
Awesome, Scott! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Great work. Thank you for the persistence.
December 10, 2015 3:34
Congratulations! This is great news!
December 10, 2015 4:31
This is excellent news.

Another old product I'm *hoping* will also follow this path is MS Money - it's still made available in the Sunset Edition (still better than Quicken is some ways), but would be awesome if it would be open-sourced so that it could be kept up to date.
December 10, 2015 4:48
You guys are AWESOME! Thank you for getting this fantastic tool rolling again. If I have time, I'll try and help out.
December 10, 2015 8:16
Make visual basic 6 (classic) open source, then community will make many interesting things (Like X64 support, Threading) !
December 10, 2015 12:50
I love that this has been done, however I think most of the bloggers now moved to simply pushing markdown files to static blog generators.
It would be cool if the editor would support markdown as well (and make it the best markdown editor out there)
December 10, 2015 12:52
Not working with may be I missed something, pls check tweet for reference

December 10, 2015 12:53
Next up should be WebMatrix as it's completely dead ... (or as you said, "done"!)
December 10, 2015 13:05
I suspect you don't know the answer to this, but given that this was originally distributed with Windows Live Mail (as part of Essentials), any clues on the fate of WLM (which I love and would dearly like to see get some attention from someone!)?
December 10, 2015 13:05

I am unable to login with blogger credentials, please fix this fast.
December 10, 2015 13:28
Would be nice, if a portable version would be released, so it could be used on pen drives.
December 10, 2015 14:03
Hello, really good info. I'm really happy to see, there is a (real) future for Windows Live Writer as Open Live Writer.

I'm still using Windows Live Writer for many websites - without, it would be much more difficult to write (posting into future, posting into past, during traveling without Internet).

However, I have already installed OLW, but missing some features. Some of them already written in your article, like Spell Checking.

Additional a translation to german would be fine and Export/Import/Sync of settings is also a nice feature. At last, at the moment I use the plugin "WLW Post Downloader" to open (old) article from (blog) websites. The necessary url is created directly from the website and showed for user, which have edit rights. It's a theme feature. Don't know if it is possible to add that plugin/feature (support of wlw:// - however, a plugin/API system to add more feature would be fine - . some different develeoper is able to add more features, without changing OLW.

I know OLW will need more time for version 1.0 and not all features is necessary for 1.0 ....
December 10, 2015 15:28
Nice work. With WLW I was able connect with Orchard Cms, which is I think the most popular blog engine in .NET world. It seems that Open Live Writer is missing that part.
December 10, 2015 16:25

Please use hunspell for Windows 7 spell checker.
December 10, 2015 16:40
Excellent news!. Thank you very much for all the efforts Scott and your team. I am very excited to try this open new live writer.

I have one question there. Is all existing plugin for windows live writer will work with this plugin? or not as I am using windows live writer extensively for my blog - and I need to have some plugin for sharing code and other stuff.
December 10, 2015 17:18
Really nice :)
December 10, 2015 17:27
Brilliant news! I've always liked Live Writer - it brought the benefits of working with a proper program rather than working in a browser while still keeping the wysiwyg view of the post.
December 10, 2015 18:29
Great news! Thanks to you, Scott, and the others at Microsoft who worked hard to make this happen!

I'm also not currently able to log in to my Blogger blog using OLW. My Google account is set up with two-factor authentication; I did set up a new application-specific password for OLW in my Google account settings (so no two-step verification should be required), but I got an "invalid credentials" type error when trying to use that password to log in.
December 10, 2015 18:38
Great news, especially for C# fans where there isn't that much of open source commercial native applications.
December 10, 2015 19:43
Great news! Congrats!
December 10, 2015 20:20
This is such awesome news!!! Thanks for making this happen!
December 10, 2015 20:30
Wow, wow, wow! Excellent news.. At last you guys made it. I hope it gives rise to "OLW Plugins" as well - in a big way.
December 10, 2015 21:04
Great news, Scott! Well done!

Is there any talk about offering up the code for the Vista HD version of Windows Movie Maker? That was a fantastic little movie editor that was verging on excellence until Microsoft killed it with its ugly slideshow maker, Windows Live Movie Maker. Thousands of people begged for a proper timeline based option to be restored, but the development team showed an incredible amount of disdain for the fanbase and went ahead with its plans for a poor iMovie imitation. As predicted, the large MM community has largely died away.

With both Live Writer AND WMM revived, I would be a very happy camper indeed.
December 11, 2015 0:51
This is great news! Windows Live Writer was my favorite blogging tool and I'm looking forward to getting back to it with Open Live Writer. I'm excited to see where the community takes it.
December 11, 2015 1:13
This is amazing news! I use Windows Live Writer on both my Wordpress blog and my DreamWidth journal.

Is there any chance Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Movie Maker could have the same revival through open source? I would love to see all of the Live tools reborn in such a manner, but those two and WLW are three apps I use the most.
December 11, 2015 2:24
This is great to hear! I've been using Windows Live Writer for many years and it's good to finally see an update (or soon, at least) to it. It still is the best blog post creation tool in my opinion. I've tried tons others but none is as simple and powerful as Windows Live Writer
December 11, 2015 3:23
This is exciting stuff. I'm wondering how many more abandoned Microsoft products will be open sourced. For example I'm still using VirtualEarth3D x64 with my own source data, but there's bugs I'd like to fix and features I'd like to add.
December 11, 2015 4:19
Looks like some time today Google made an authentication change. Old Windows Live Writer is now displaying the dreaded: "Blogger returned the following error Not Found: Not Found." Not sure if they finally activated oAuth. I noticed Open Live Writer so I atempted to install it. Unfortunately it looks like Open Live Write is also affected by the Google change. I get to step one to create a blogger account and when I add my credentials I get "The user name or password is incorrect. Please try again."

Are others having the same issue on Old and Open Live Writer with blogger??
December 11, 2015 6:04
@mybeerbuzz... I am experiencing exactly the same problem with the old Live Writer and the new Open Live Writer?!? Does anyone know if this will be fixed?
December 11, 2015 6:33
I just went to publish in the Old Windows Live Writer, not even knowing that the open source was coming out and I'm back to the same error from this past May. I get the Notfound:notfound error. Then it asks me to log into Windows Live Writer but it won't take the password that is absolutely correct and I'm in an endless loop. Is this return of the May problem due to the launch of the new open source? Or what's going on and any idea when we will be able to publish from the old one? Would I be able to publish this post from Open Live Writer? I can't believe this is happening again.
December 11, 2015 12:38
I couldn't connect to my blogger account, i find every thing to solve this problem and i find this new. OWL is great, i love it so much, i think it will develop fast if in this time OWL solve blogger connection problem.
December 11, 2015 17:52
Excellent, amazing, very beautiful but... OWL doesn't work: it's not possible connect with Blogger account.
December 11, 2015 20:31
Great idea but it doesn't work. I downloaded Open Windows and it will not allow me to log in.
December 11, 2015 20:40
Seems to me that OLW won't work until the OAuth 2 support has been added (in the announcement above it indicates this is not in place at the moment but is coming soon). It would have been nice if Google had continued the workaround until then, but looks like they already pulled the plug.

Thanks to all the developers who are working to give us this new platform. Your volunteer hours are appreciated.
December 11, 2015 23:06
I just went to publish in the Old Windows Live Writer and it came up with Notfound:notfound error like it did in the summer when it was last being altered on your end . I know you are kicking off a new writer but I was just wondering if the old Live Writer will still be working and compatible with blogger or blogspot and when ! I really enjoy using Windows Live Writer for my blog posts .
December 11, 2015 23:39
Also wondering if one does download the new Open Source Live Writer will the program automatically see your logins from the old Live Writer and connect automatically then take it from there or does one have to revamp all the info to connect to ones blog with the new Open Source Live Writer ! I notice blogger and blogspot haven't been working again with any of the live writers since the new launch . I am pleased this has come to light for Live Writer as I do love it so !
December 12, 2015 0:09
Glad to know I'm not the only one having problems! Thank you so much for working so hard to keep this program viable. Will wait patiently for everything to be fixed so using OLW with Blogger works. :)
December 12, 2015 0:12
Very well done to all of you!!!
As you probably know by now, on December the 11th 2015, WLW completely stopped working with blogger due to the authentication method.
I know it is easy for me to ask this since I am not the one crunching the bits to get OLW to work with blogger. However, I kindly ask, if at all possible, to raise the priority on the connectivity with blogger.
As of now, I am in the middle of a project and was relying completely on WLW for editing my posts.
I hope you see this message and that the Developer's God place his hands upon all the developers writing this new platform. :-) Specially above the head of the ones working on making it work with blogger.

Many thanks

December 12, 2015 0:12
When I saw this I thought "Great now I can edit content for my blog pages".

But no I can't. Username and password not recognised. I guess Google's platform is not yet supported..

December 12, 2015 1:35
Thank you!! The single best piece of blogging software ever and it has a new lease on life. It's working flawlessly with WordPress. I can wait patiently for future features like spell checker and maybe someday Tweets embedded and a mobile app. Truly amazing and excellent work.
December 12, 2015 1:42
OH for the love of Pete, WHY did you stop Live Writer if Open Live Writer can't even be used yet?! I am flabbergasted. Hope there is a solution soon.
December 12, 2015 1:48
I'd like to give it a try and hack something like jekyll or octopress into it. I'm guessing it might be done, right?
December 12, 2015 1:58
Well Hi Guys,
Great news about this upgrade. But, as of yesterday 10th December both the original WLW and this new version are coming up with the "Not found Not Found" error when trying to upload. If I remember rightly this happened back in June or July sometime and took a few days to rectify. No probs since then. (I have a Blogger blog with a redirect).

Please can you test this out and see if there´s a fix? I find Blogspot´s own editor hard work as I upload lots of photos. (No copy and paste).

I know all my settings are right, I can log into my google account but both WLW and your version are saying incorrect username / password. Then the error.

Not happy.

December 12, 2015 4:39
I have same problem, but i think its all.. "The user name or password is incorrect. Please try again." I hope it will done, Thanks
December 12, 2015 5:07
Great news. I'm going to play with the code and contribute back.
December 12, 2015 13:14
Great news about Open Live Writer. I would love to use it, but alas am getting the same error message as the other Bloggers. Hope there's a fix soon.
December 12, 2015 14:10
Looking forward to when it is up and running.
December 12, 2015 17:35
Blogging beyond browser becomes better. As you published Open Live Writer, and thanks for your great work, and WordPress delivers (a both, WordPress as well as Platform-dependend solution called) Calypso you both give the user back the control we lost as the new Social Media moved to closed Platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I <3 it.
December 12, 2015 17:47
This is AWESOME!

I was thinking about using Live Writer with my Surface. Please resurrect the Ink Blog Plugin as well!

Is there a team working on InkSeine?

Thanks for all you are doing!

December 12, 2015 18:57
Hi, I'm Laura and I have a foodblog, this morning I saw my old version of window live writer doesn't work. I would know if the new Open Live writer can run with windows 8.
If yes I would to download it soon because otherwise I don't know how to write and publish my posts.

Please forgive me for my horrible english !

ciao a presto

December 12, 2015 19:25
Open Live Writer does not recognize my passwords and account name. How it is possible? Please can you help me? There are others with the same problem? I've just installed it but I can't register my account blog.
December 12, 2015 19:58
great news about OLW, or so I thought but I installed it just now and it fails with exactly the same problem as Livewriter - not accessing the blog because it fails to recognise a perfectly good password. I can send you a copy of the install log if you tell me where
December 12, 2015 23:30
This would be great news but download of the OLW package and installation fails thus:

The user name or password is incorrect.
Please try again.

At the Google end I am using 2 step verficiation.

So I tried my regular password and when that failed I created an app password under name OLW using the url

I took that password with my full user name in the User Name field entered the long gobbly-gook password that Google had created.

NO, it does not work. Assistance please. I would really like to go back to Live Writer which was an excellent package last time I used it.

If I need to post this plea for help elsewhere please tell me.

Thanks marcus b.
December 12, 2015 23:31

found this because today windows live writer experienced the same access issue to blogger platform. That issue was fixed months ago but now is here again.
Attempting to authenticate to blogger form WLW it gives a notfound:notfound error.

Your Open Writer has the same issue.

You've written:

OAuth 2 and Open Live Writer will be updated to support OAuth 2. Windows Live Writer will never support this new OAuth 2 authentication system, so if you use Blogger, you'll need to use Open Live Writer.

Not true. Your software does not work with blogger as WLS ...


December 13, 2015 6:14
I hope it is going to work with Windows 7 as I'm reluctant at the moment to upgrade to Windows 10.
December 13, 2015 6:18
Somewhere along the line there was a major miscommunication or a DGaS attitude between Google and the Open Live Writer team. No, we can't use Windows Live Writer alongside Open Live Writer while OLW gets fixed.

But I'm learning that creating directly on Blogspot is not all that bad.
December 13, 2015 9:59
धन्यवाद. परंतु यह अभी भी ब्लॉगर पर कार्य नहीं कर रहा है - वही ऑथेंटिकेशन समस्या. कृपया इसे जल्द ही सुलझाएं, और हिंदी में वर्तनी जांच की सुविधा भी दें.
December 13, 2015 20:22
Sounds like a great idea, but it just isn't working. It is too bad that some software developer doesn't come up with a solution, goodness knows we would all buy the program:)
December 14, 2015 2:40
This is great! As a user of LiveWriter, it's good to know it's going to be actively developed again. I am going to try to contribute to the project!

In the mean time, do you have any idea how long it will be before the plugins are up and working? Specifically, I need to be able to insert code blocks.
December 14, 2015 8:35
I don't think I've ever had this much blogging stress! Help! I was sooo excited when I saw you all came out with a new development with Live Writer, BUT why in the world would you not make sure it's working correctly before cutting out the original Live Writer?? I don't mean to whine, but sleep has been lost, nerves have been on edge (to say the least)!! It took me awhile to realize the hated pop up box with the "Not Found" error is NOT caused by a corrupt system file, or a proxy issue, or even blaming my poor son for messing with my Google account HTML. (something he's learning in school) I went through hours and hours worth of system file checks, antivirus scans, and reboots upon reboots before I happened upon this site and realized there isn't anything wrong with my pc afterall! I realize open live writer is not developed directly by Microsoft, but seriously folks, can't you work together somehow and come up with a solution for all your Live writer fans? We love the program and don't want to use something else! The only good thing I can think of regarding all this chaos is my pc is running super smooth and fast with all the scans that were performed this weekend! It's ready to publish some blogposts (with WLW, hopefully!)
December 14, 2015 8:38
I love WLW and use it for blogging.

WLW not work with blogger, it gives error message "notfound:notfound error"
Then I try OLW. Its not working with blogger too :(

*Sorry my bad english :D
December 14, 2015 8:47
Having issues with Open Live Writer also as it says it can't connect from the remote server. Help!!?! Thanks!
December 14, 2015 9:09
I think it's safe to say that Google f'd up by taking off the authentication of not only WLW but every desktop software and think that OLW would already have the new authentication up, but alas that has not either and now thousands of us who use Blogger are, well, pissed. I wonder, to the devs here, is inputting OAuth 2.0 that much of a hassle? Wouldn't it be better to ask some people (here, Twitter, github, etc.) that know coding and such to help you fix this?
December 14, 2015 11:14
Well, this is great news, well done:)
But I'm not quite so happy about the links with Blogger: I found it very limited with a lousy (incommunicado) help service and I switched to WordPress. These days I often find that I can't even comment on Blogger blogs which must be very discouraging for its bloggers. (If they're on Facebook or Goodreads, that's where I have to comment on what they've written, not on their blogs.)
So I hope you will eventually play in the WordPress sandpit too:)
December 14, 2015 12:52
Oh, thanks so much for doing this. My WLW has started to throw blogger errors about not being found, possibly due to that authentication protocol you talk about, and my search for the answer led me here. Looking forward to seeing what you put together :)
December 14, 2015 15:58
All you guys saying "it doesn't work": it's open source, go fix it! That's what you wanted, open source, right? Sheesh ;-)
December 14, 2015 22:32
I wish your team would of kept WLW going in the mean time so we can still post through it to our blogs then decided whether to switch to OLW .
December 14, 2015 23:17
Congratulations on the open-source release, and I’m very much obliged to you lot! Great news!
December 15, 2015 18:34
This is great news! Congratulations. Looking forward to many new features.

Right now, am eagerly waiting for the Blogger authentication feature to be completed. Thanks!
December 16, 2015 15:57
My best wishes are with Engineers who will take the legacy of WLW to the next level by building more advanced features and support for 3rd-party plugin support for both Wordpress and Blogger blogs.

Currently there is a serious connection problem between Open Live Writer and due to Google's OAuth2 authentication system. I hope volunteers on this project will give priority to this issue asap because people can barely post on via both WLW and OLW . Thumbs up everyone! =)
December 16, 2015 16:26
I have same problem, but i think its all.. "The user name or password is incorrect. Please try again." I hope it will done, Thanks
December 16, 2015 20:25
Hi guys! Are there any plans to fix Oauth 2. for Blogger? Please advise.

Windows Live Writer
NotFound: Not Found
December 16, 2015 21:56
Hey everyone,

They mentioned that Blogger was going to switch to OAuth2. Open Live Writer is going to add this, it was a date slip that Google already had plans in place to turn off the old authentication. They waited this long so that Open Live Writer could be released. Just the code was not ready when the date came.

No one's direct fault but they will get back up and running soon. If you are using the old live writer, you are officially dead as far as Blogger goes.

I believe Scott mentioned this on Twitter for those interested.
December 16, 2015 22:44
I've just downloaded Open Live Writer and it thinks I don't know my Blogger password. I KNOW I've entered it correctly but no go. Any suggestions?

December 17, 2015 3:14
OLW just implemented Google Blogger authentication FINALLY! It is working now!!

Now the next thing OLW needs to do is add categories before I can fully post again!
December 17, 2015 4:38
I still can't log in. I know my username and password are correct--I verified it with Blogger and I keep getting told my username or password are incorrect. I miss LW so much and really want to use OLW--what can the problem be?
December 17, 2015 4:44
IT Works Mikey ! Awesome Sauce.....many thanks.....
you saved the day......super stars
December 17, 2015 5:13
We just pushed a new version of Open Live Writer that supports Google Blogger! You can download it at When setting up your new blog account, make sure to choose the ‘Google Blogger’ option on the first page. Don’t choose ‘Other’ like you did in Windows Live Writer.

Known issues:
  • You need to remove your old Google Blogger accounts from Open Live Writer first. After removing them, click the 'Add blog account...' button in Open Live Writer to set up your Google Blogger accounts. When setting up your new blog account, make sure to choose the ‘Google Blogger’ option on the first page. Don’t choose ‘Other’.
  • Scheduling a published post may be a few hours off.
  • Categories are no longer supported in the latest Blogger API v3.
  • Support for authors, tags and comment policies is not enabled yet.
  • Attempting to login to Google Blogger with 0 blogs will show an error message. Please create a blog on first before using Open Live Writer.
  • After logging into Google Blogger in your browser, you may need to manually close the webpage and switch back to Open Live Writer.
December 17, 2015 5:58
uh oh...test post worked ..but now a full post getting 403 error
December 17, 2015 8:19
Did a test post with images and it worked in Windows 7. Thanks heaps for your dedication. Hopeful that adding labels will be available soon.

December 17, 2015 15:22
Thank you very very much !! Now I have my blog in Open live Writer!!!

I'm so happy!!!

December 17, 2015 16:27
Come si fa ad impostare le etichette di Blogger?
(vedi l'immagina
December 17, 2015 17:52
Amazing, it works it works!! Thanks so much guys!! I was in the middle of reformatting all my older blog posts last week when WLW went down--you guys saved the day!

For people using Blogger (like me), it's simple to add categories to your posts--just don't do it thru Blogger's default editor, you'll lose OLW's special formatting when you open the post.

Go to Design, select Posts--check off the post you want to add categories to, then click on the "luggage tag" icon at the top of the screen, it will allow you to add your categories from there.
December 17, 2015 18:06
It does not work with Blogger platform nevertheless it claims to do it. Attempting to authenticate to a Blogger site the "user name or password are wrong" error is given.
The same issue of original WLW that is linked to some kind of not compatible API set of Google!
December 17, 2015 18:19
Blogger issue solved.
You MUST remove the WLW from your system.

Once removed configuration of Blogger account and blog themes is a joke.

December 17, 2015 19:30
Yay! My tests are working with Blogger!! The latest build fixed my login issues. Now to test it with a real post.

Doug, I don't see a "Design" button in Blogger or OLW. Where is it, please?
December 17, 2015 19:44
I don't have a luggage tag but I did figure out how to add tags without opening the post. For me, there's an icon that looks like a pencil at the top of my my All Posts page. I click on the box beside the post I want to tag, click on the pencil, and a list of tags drops down. I can select what I want for that post without opening it. Yee haw!!

Thanks for helping me get there, Doug!
December 17, 2015 19:57
Is auto linking in the works?
December 17, 2015 20:04
Nevermind, auto linking is working.
December 17, 2015 22:33
Any chance, Windows Movie Maker can be open sourced?
December 18, 2015 1:12
Again errors with Blogger platform, nevertheless OLW claims to work it.
Fixed the installation issue removing WLW I could create a new post...
...but publishing it I receive a generic 403 error...

The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.

This error is the worst http error to diagnose for it's a generic one.

What's about tagging? The WLW has a tagger line easy to compose, OLW asks for tag provider...can't understand.
Again: what's about the image composer that create albums in OneDrive?

December 18, 2015 1:51
Giacomo, this fixed that error for me:

This workaround for tags works for me until they get them added to OLW:

There's an icon that looks like a pencil at the top of my my All Posts page. I click on the box beside the post I want to tag, click on the pencil, and a list of tags drops down. I can select what I want for that post without opening it in Blogger.

Hope it helps you! Can't help you with your OneDrive issue.
December 18, 2015 3:05
I was able to post successfully yesterday but now I am getting a remote server error 403: forbidden. Is anyone else experiencing this? Anything I can do on my end to fix it???
December 18, 2015 3:34
Courtney, this worked for me earlier:

I had to drill down one more layer--it wouldn't let me add my password on that screen.

Here's what I did: Options > Accounts > My Blog > Edit > Update Account Information and this is where I entered my password and told it to remember. My post got scheduled and looks good in Preview. Also my password is still there. I hope this helps!
December 18, 2015 3:38
Giacomo, sorry, wrong link to the fix: here is is:
December 18, 2015 6:44
Barbara, sorry about that--just saw your followups about adding the labels. When I said 'Design', that's in the banner at the top of most Blogger blogs, that's how I get to my list of posts. :)

Anyway I noticed earlier that when I ran into an Error window when trying to open an older draft, all I did was shut down OLW & re-open. It worked fine for me every time. :)
December 18, 2015 6:56
Barbara, yes! Thank you thank you thank you. Worked great. I am back in business.
December 18, 2015 12:30
THANKS! NOW it is working with Blogger.

Please add FIND > REPLACE feature ASAP.
December 18, 2015 15:32
Great!, i can connect to my blogger Now, thanks one million times
December 18, 2015 16:57

Open Live Writer OAuth2 issue has been fixed just yesterday thanks to OLW volunteers at github. You can now download its latest copy from following the link below.

Open Live Writer: Fix Blogger Login Errors & Posting Issues

I have also shared the fix for 403 forbidden error that @Giacomo complained about.

Another issue is that OLW does not support Category Listing for Blogger blogs. For this I have shared a simple workaround to help you easily add and create labels for your blog posts within OLW.

I just hope this helps most of you who were facing Login errors. =)

December 18, 2015 17:16
This works a treat now. thankyou so much for sorting it out :)
December 18, 2015 18:04
Courtney, yay!! So glad to help!!!

Doug, no problem, I found it and thank you for giving me the nudge!

Just an FYI, I have a post scheduled for Sunday morning at 2am. When I checked it in Preview, I saw it was scheduled for 7am. I rescheduled for 9pm on Saturday (5 hours earlier than I want it to post) and it's now showing it's scheduled for 2am.

A friend wanted to post "now" so I suggested she schedule her post 5 hours AGO and that worked to post NOW. That's one way around the delay in posting. Hope that made sense ;-)
December 18, 2015 18:46
I published a comment earlier that was filled with distress and a little whiney, so now I will change the tune, thanks to Open Live Writer! I just finished publishing a post from Open Live Writer to Blogger and it works perfectly!! Thank you so much for all the work someone put into this to make it work. You guys are great!
December 18, 2015 23:33
The 2012 Windows Live Writer does not work any more with blogger or with windows 7 so I have no choice but to move up to windows 10 which my computer has to be modified for it and I have to down load OLW to be able to continue to use Live Writer for my blogs . A bit of a pain in the butt, Just saying .
December 19, 2015 1:00
@Elaine: OLW works with windows 7 and up, too.
December 19, 2015 3:52
Dear all
what is the form of adding the login information for blogger
username is or what ?
December 19, 2015 4:05
Nevermind Guys
downloaded the new version
please update the page here to show that at the start instead of comments
December 19, 2015 5:25
Regarding adding labels in OLW, I have created a spread sheet and copied my labels titles into it, so that I can be sure of the correct spelling of each label.
December 19, 2015 6:06
Mohammad I used the same instructions last night when I got a 403 error and it worked great. Tonight when I went to post again, I got the 403 again. I went through your instructions again and found that I had followed them all correctly including "remember my password" which was checked from last night. Still I got the 403 error tonight. So it is now "setting up my account" again. After it set my account up again, tonight's blog posted. It's obviously not remembering my password in spite of my telling it to. Any fix for this or am I going to have to do this every time I try to post??

Really happy to have Live Writer back!

blog is

Thanks Sherry
December 19, 2015 15:45

Clever there! However as far Case sensitive blogger labels are concerned, OLW is smart enough to understand both uppercase and lowercase letters and match only the words to the labels in your blog. I have mentioned this in my blog post.


Did you downloaded the Nightly or Release copy? I have shared the Nightly download copy in my blog post and so far I am not facing any such problems. I rechecked it several times to ensure that I am not doing something extra ordinary but it just seems to work fine.

The label option is present inside the Nightly version. Extra benefit!

December 19, 2015 21:23
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was getting desperate not being able to sign in with WLW. Getting OLW and being able to publish again almost brought tears to my eyes, so happy! :)
December 20, 2015 5:42
So I definitely have the remember password box checked but I am still getting the 403 error. However, if I delete my password and type it in again, the blog setup runs and I can then post normally. Not sure what's going on, and I don't like the extra step every time I want to post, but I can deal with it for now. Just so glad time is being devoted to this program. I love Blogger and I love Live Writer!
December 21, 2015 0:49
Courtney, same thing is happening to me.
December 21, 2015 5:11
you refress your account each time you reconnect
December 21, 2015 9:29
@Courtney @Barbara Anders
Just check whether 'Automatically update account information' checkbox is ticked (checked).
File >> Options >> Accounts >> you see 2 check boxes below the 'Accounts Window'.
In my setup, I'd ticked/checked the 1st box (as above). For me, it is working as it should - except still have no 'categories' feature.

December 21, 2015 17:39
caycanhhoadep, yes, that's what I'm doing.
December 22, 2015 2:10

Thanks for that. I just checked and mine is ticked. I downloaded last night's update earlier today so maybe that fixed it. I'll be doing a blog post later so I'll test it out.

For the category box, go here:

And download the "nightly" update. I got the category box added when I did that. Keep in mind it doesn't save them like WLW did yet--hopefully that's on the list :)

December 22, 2015 3:50
Many thanks for building this, and then helping me through the installation, even through the restrictive medium of twitter. It is hardly adequate recompense, but here a few posts about computers and intelligence.

December 22, 2015 19:31
Does anyone have a link to the latest nightly release? I am still getting a 403 error when I try to publish without re-entering my password.
December 22, 2015 22:00
Here you go, Courtney!

I don't think that issue has been resolved yet--unless last night's update did it. I updated yesterday morning and I'm still having to re-enter.
December 23, 2015 5:04
Scott, thanks for getting this going. I was getting ready to shift all my Blogger blogs over to Word Press because Windows Live Writer does not work with Blogger any longer. Now I don't have to. I am already posting using Open Live Writer. Thank you, and well done!
December 23, 2015 6:02
Not sure where to report this, but a feature that was working in OLW previously no longer functions (for Blogger).

If you try to access a listing of more than 50 posts (to edit an older one) in the Open window (like 100), you get this error:

System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: values
at System.String.Join(String separator, IEnumerable`1 values)
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Clients.GoogleBloggerv3Client.ConvertToBlogPost(Post post)
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Clients.GoogleBloggerv3Client.<>c.<GetRecentPosts>b__38_0(Post p)
at System.Linq.Enumerable.WhereSelectListIterator`2.MoveNext()
at System.Linq.Buffer`1..ctor(IEnumerable`1 source)
at System.Linq.Enumerable.ToArray[TSource](IEnumerable`1 source)
December 23, 2015 23:16
Thanks Barbara! Do I need to upload a new nightly every now and then or will the program automatically update itself?
December 24, 2015 1:19
This is fantastic! I use blogger and I have noticed that the account connection to blogger seems to fail and I have to reestablish the account credentials each time / day I go to write a blog. Sure this will get worked out so very happy to see Live Writer continue on!
December 24, 2015 2:25
Scratch my last comment, read the notes just above my comment and I added my passwords so all good now. Thanks again for this great work.
December 24, 2015 18:05
Courtney, you're welcome! I don't think it's automatically updated yet so I'm doing exactly that--uploading every few days.
December 26, 2015 19:21
This is great News
December 26, 2015 19:24
Thanks barbara a Great News
January 02, 2016 2:40
Wonderful idea, but sadly it won't work with the WordPress blog on my domain.
When I put my web address and login info's all I get is "400 bad request".
January 02, 2016 18:27
I was able to solve the problem renamig xmlrpc.php but now the progam crashes when starts, same behavior of Windows Live Writer.
I'm running a fresh and legit Windows 10 installation (64 bit).
January 02, 2016 20:56
After years of glitch free service WLW stopped working. It seems that WLW doesn't like 2016 on Windows 10. I have tried everything even reinstalling and still refuses to work Hoping to make it alive I installed OLW and same thing.
The error is the well know "WLW has encountered a user-defined breakpoint." Breakpoint? Where? How? When?
The funny thing is that ignoring the popup error window WLW seems to be working. However OLW simply popups an error window and setup freezes.

Happy New Year
January 03, 2016 3:51
I have the legit windows 10 and OLW and it all seems to work ok after lots of frigging about thank god hubs is a techy person cause I would not of been able to do it all by myself , way to much confusion with it all . I am just not impressed with the fact that OLW still does not have spell check , I really do not like having to proof read all my blog posts takes to much time . When will OLW have spell check ? I just wish you all would make sure these programs work a lot better before you decide to launch them .
January 03, 2016 6:34
Help! I can't upload videos on my blog using Open Live Writer. Keeps on saying "There was an error getting the list of videos". I'm saving the video on my YouTube account.

Then, in Open Live Writer, I'm posting the video by signing in to YouTube account. Any idea how to resolve this? Thanks!
January 06, 2016 3:05
fantastic! A great news
January 06, 2016 16:19
Hi guys! I was totally excited yesterday when I found this. I like many have had the same issues with Windows Liver Writer and have been using it for so many years. My blog in hosted on Blogger and having found Open Live Writer is just awesome. Thank you all!
Yesterday I posted a test on my blog to see if everything was working and it went all smoothly. However today I want to actually post my article and have been having issues.
This is the error message I am getting and hope you can help!

The service blogger has thrown an exception: Google.GoogleApiException: Google.Apis.Requests.RequestError
Not Found [404]
Errors [
Message[Not Found] Location[ - ] Reason[notFound] Domain[global]

at Google.Apis.Requests.ClientServiceRequest`1.Execute()
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Clients.GoogleBloggerv3Client.EditPost(String blogId, BlogPost post, INewCategoryContext newCategoryContext, Boolean publish, String& etag, XmlDocument& remotePost)
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Blog.EditPost(BlogPost post, INewCategoryContext newCategoryContext, Boolean publish)
at OpenLiveWriter.PostEditor.UpdateWeblogAsyncOperation.DoWork()
at OpenLiveWriter.CoreServices.AsyncOperation.InternalStart()
January 06, 2016 16:25
Oh sorry! I have followed the instructions on this site:

But I am still not having any luck!

January 06, 2016 23:26
Thanks very much for this, Scott and all working on Open Live Writer!

I've got Open Live Writer to point to my old Windows Live Writer folders (which I had on an external hard drive), and it's all working so I can view my old drafts, recent posts etc as they were in Windows Live Writer.

In case it helps anyone, I've blogged the step by step process at, but it would be great if a future release of OLW could offer an easy way for users to change the default location of their blog posts on their systems.
January 07, 2016 6:52
I'm having the same problem as Meeta, and did the same fix, which didn't work! Help!!
January 07, 2016 16:11
Scott, Ever since the advent of OLW, which I LOVE, my blog posts don't show up on blog rolls for 4 or 5 hours. Last night I posted at 9:44 EST and it is still no on the blog rolls at 7:10AM this morning. I assume this is a google problem SIGH. Most of my readers find me on their blog rolls. Is there anything I can do about this? A work around to take my OLW post and put it directly into stupid Blogger so they will publish it on the blog rolls immediately which is what happened on those few agonizing days before OLW was up and running?

Also is there a better forum for these questions than here?
January 08, 2016 2:12
I tried to insert the url of my pictures from flikr to complete my articles, but OLW doesn't upload them.
I'm desperate.

can you help me to solve this problem?

thank you in advance

Laura Adani

January 09, 2016 21:28
Sherry, I'm on EST and if I want to schedule a post I have to subtract 5 hours from the OLW setting. For example, if I want a post to go live at midnight on the 10th, I have to schedule it for 7pm on the 9th. I go to preview on Blogger and it's set for the correct time. Easy enough workaround until they get it fixed.

January 09, 2016 21:31
Lauri, until it's fixed, I'm probably missing something re: your issue, but can't you move your photos to your computer and upload from there? I have no problem adding photos from my computer.

January 14, 2016 14:29
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January 15, 2016 18:10
I tried downloading the nightly release last night and got all kinds of errors when installing. I just read this on the Blogger forum:

" Scott Hanselman said:
Hey folks, I'm on the Open Live Writer team. Please DO NOT get the nightly that Paulo posted above, we've got it in the mainline release that you can get at now. Regular folks (not testers or programmers) should be using the Release of Open Live Writer."

January 21, 2016 0:25
Barbara I uplowed a lot of photos for each a post and using flikr url it was a very useful tool to have a post light. I don't know if I can explain what I mean, at the same time people who cliked on my pictures waere ridirected to my account in Flikr very useful for my client (I'm a food photographer) where they can view my portfolio.

thank you for your ansxer Barabara


I wonder only if there would be a possibility to have this tool in Olw

January 25, 2016 17:04
Since December my posts have been taking 8 hours to show up on Blog lists and search engines. I have been posting directly from OLW and pinging the blog in feedburner repeatedly. Last night I didn't ping it, and it hasn't shown up after 9 hours on either lists or search. Barbara has suggested I schedule it for 5 hours before I want it to post. I assume that means if I write it in OLW I must post it as a draft to blogger rather than post directly from OLW. That also means that if it is posted at 9:30pm and I want it to come out at midnight then I must set the time for 4:30pm on the day I posted it? If I bring it back in blogger to draft now, can I schedule it for 4 hours previous and it will come out in an hour??

Does anyone have any idea when this will be fixed? Is it something we need to try to complain to blogger about?

Thanks for any and all help. Lots of my followers use their blog lists and won't see my posts if they aren't there.
January 27, 2016 1:24
Does anyone know how to change your time zone setting? I've looked in my account and I don't see how.

January 27, 2016 1:29
Sherry, no you go ahead and publish it. For example, say my post is to go live at midnight on Sunday. I will schedule in OLW at 7pm on Saturday and publish. If I go look at my post in Blogger in PREVIEW mode, not edit, my date header will have Sunday's date and my post footer will show midnight as the time. I hope that made sense ;-)

January 27, 2016 1:37
Sherry, to clarify: The time in OLW seems to be set to GMT. Since I'm in EST, I do 5 hours ahead. You'll have to adjust for your time zone. Since you say it takes 8 hours to show up I'm assuming you're in Pacific time? If that assumption is correct, you'd have to schedule your posts for 4pm PST to post at midnight. I think I'm doing the math right ;-) As far as your blog lists and search engines, I have no advice.

January 29, 2016 21:45
hello sir plz help
I want to setup OLW for google blogger but i have a problem with an installing OLW on win 7 64 bit pc and my .net frame work version is 4.5.2
The installation process begins usually but in the middle after hitting on next button it allways displays this message
open live writer dialog
sign in to google blogger to continue...
after signing in and allowing OLW to access my google account some times my browser displays a message
OAuth 2.0 Authentication Token Received
Received verification code. You may now close this window.
and some time comes with the reload button. Title bar shows this url http://localhost:49665/authorize/?code=4/IiR6VNaITBgB6AQuDGfgoN-OvVNiQWHuUSvqamKpc9o#
but during this process microsoft .net frame work pops out with detail and continue button. the detail button shows this message
Microsoft .NET Framework
Unhandled exception has occurred in a component in your application.
If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to
An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its
access permissions
Details Continue
See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.
************** Exception Text **************
System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (0x80004005): An attempt was made to acc
at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.EndConnect(IAsyncResult asyncResult)
at System.Net.ServicePoint.ConnectSocketInternal(Boolean connectFailure, Soc
************** Loaded Assemblies **************

continue button closes the microsoft .net frame work window. but nothing happends with OLW
and also want to say sorry for my poor english
February 15, 2016 13:47
Categories are now showing up in a drop down window in OLW. Just noticed this evening when I was completing a post and about to manually enter them. Thanks team.
February 20, 2016 22:18
You are stars, all of you! All that work to make our lives so much easier ;-)

Thank you.
February 21, 2016 19:11
Early this year on Saturday, January 02, 2016 4:56:27 PM UTC (see above) I posted my problem with the "WLW has encountered a user-defined breakpoint." error.
Well, after ignoring the pop up error for a couple of weeks or so, then WLW began working just fine as it worked for years on Windows 7. I don´t know what changed in my computer that make it work, but it is still working just fine.
February 22, 2016 13:46
Having trouble with categories now when uploading to Blogger. It accepts some categories then puts up the error message on others for no rhyme or reason. I thought it may have had something to do with adding new labels, but some of them go through OK, and old labels are rejected.

Error log:

The service blogger has thrown an exception: Google.GoogleApiException: Google.Apis.Requests.RequestError
We're sorry, but the value for field labels was not valid. [400]
Errors [
Message[We're sorry, but the value for field labels was not valid.] Location[ - ] Reason[invalid] Domain[global]

at Google.Apis.Requests.ClientServiceRequest`1.Execute()
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Clients.GoogleBloggerv3Client.NewPost(String blogId, BlogPost post, INewCategoryContext newCategoryContext, Boolean publish, String& etag, XmlDocument& remotePost)
at OpenLiveWriter.BlogClient.Blog.NewPost(BlogPost post, INewCategoryContext newCategoryContext, Boolean publish)
at OpenLiveWriter.PostEditor.UpdateWeblogAsyncOperation.DoWork()
at OpenLiveWriter.CoreServices.AsyncOperation.InternalStart()
February 24, 2016 2:09
Helpful post . I learned a lot from the information - Does anyone know where my assistant could possibly get ahold of a sample KY CHFS Form MAP-811 Individual example to work with ?
February 25, 2016 11:27
How can we Edit older articles, the recent post list has only 10 items.
February 27, 2016 13:44
I was using Microsoft live writter since 2002 and it did a good job, but suddently it stopped posting to my Blogger.
As an RVer it is important to have a place to blog with out wifi connection and after a long search I found OWL-Thank you it works just fine.
February 28, 2016 0:47
Wow. I am so looking forward to the high DPI display problems to get fixed. This is great!

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