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Original author(s)LibreOffice_header_cell_0_0_0 Star DivisionLibreOffice_cell_0_0_1
Developer(s)LibreOffice_header_cell_0_1_0 The Document FoundationLibreOffice_cell_0_1_1
Initial releaseLibreOffice_header_cell_0_2_0 25 January 2011; 9 years ago (2011-01-25)LibreOffice_cell_0_2_1
Stable releaseLibreOffice_header_cell_0_3_0 LibreOffice_cell_0_3_1
Preview releaseLibreOffice_header_cell_0_4_0 7.1.0 (23 November 2020; 24 days ago (2020-11-23))LibreOffice_cell_0_4_1
RepositoryLibreOffice_header_cell_0_5_0 Q10135#P1324LibreOffice_cell_0_5_1
Written inLibreOffice_header_cell_0_6_0 C++, XML, and JavaLibreOffice_cell_0_6_1
Operating systemLibreOffice_header_cell_0_7_0 Linux, Windows 7+, macOS 10.10+; Android, iOS;

Unofficial: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Haiku, Solaris (v. 5.2.5)LibreOffice_cell_0_7_1

PlatformLibreOffice_header_cell_0_8_0 x86-64 (all operating systems), IA-32, ARMel, ARMhf, ARM64, MIPS, MIPSel, PowerPC, ppc64el, S390xLibreOffice_cell_0_8_1
Standard(s)LibreOffice_header_cell_0_9_0 OpenDocumentLibreOffice_cell_0_9_1
Available inLibreOffice_header_cell_0_10_0 115 languagesLibreOffice_cell_0_10_1
TypeLibreOffice_header_cell_0_11_0 Office suiteLibreOffice_cell_0_11_1
LicenseLibreOffice_header_cell_0_12_0 MPLv2.0 (secondary license GPL, LGPLv3+ or Apache License 2.0)LibreOffice_cell_0_12_1
WebsiteLibreOffice_header_cell_0_13_0 Q10135?uselang=en#P856LibreOffice_cell_0_13_1

LibreOffice /ˈliːbrə/ is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. LibreOffice_sentence_0

It was forked in 2010 from, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_1

The LibreOffice suite consists of programs for word processing, creating and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae. LibreOffice_sentence_2

It is available in 115 languages. LibreOffice_sentence_3

As its native file format to save documents for all of its applications, LibreOffice uses the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF), or OpenDocument, an international standard developed jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). LibreOffice_sentence_4

LibreOffice also supports the file formats of most other major office suites, including Microsoft Office, through a variety of import and export filters. LibreOffice_sentence_5

LibreOffice is available for a variety of computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chromebook. LibreOffice_sentence_6

It is also available as an online office suite called LibreOffice Online which includes the applications Writer, Calc and Impress. LibreOffice_sentence_7

LibreOffice is the default office suite of most popular Linux distributions. LibreOffice_sentence_8

It is the most actively developed free and open-source office suite, with approximately 50 times the development activity of Apache OpenOffice, the other major descendant of LibreOffice_sentence_9

The project was announced and a beta released on 28 September 2010. LibreOffice_sentence_10

Between January 2011 (the first stable release) and October 2011, LibreOffice was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times. LibreOffice_sentence_11

The project claims 120 million unique downloading addresses from May 2011 to May 2015, excluding Linux distributions, with 55 million of those being from May 2014 to May 2015. LibreOffice_sentence_12

Features LibreOffice_section_0

Included applications LibreOffice_section_1


ComponentLibreOffice_header_cell_1_0_0 NotesLibreOffice_header_cell_1_0_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_1_0 WriterLibreOffice_cell_1_1_1 A word processor with similar functionality and file support to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. It has extensive WYSIWYG word processing capabilities, but can also be used as a basic text editor.LibreOffice_cell_1_1_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_2_0 CalcLibreOffice_cell_1_2_1 A spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3. It has several unique features, including a system which automatically defines series of graphs, based on information available to the user.LibreOffice_cell_1_2_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_3_0 ImpressLibreOffice_cell_1_3_1 A presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash Player installed.LibreOffice_cell_1_3_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_4_0 DrawLibreOffice_cell_1_4_1 A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio and CorelDRAW. It provides connectors between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It also includes features similar to desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher. It can also act as a PDF file editor.LibreOffice_cell_1_4_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_5_0 MathLibreOffice_cell_1_5_1 An application designed for creating and editing mathematical formulae. The application uses a variant of XML for creating formulas, as defined in the OpenDocument specification. These formulas can be incorporated into other documents in the LibreOffice suite, such as those created by Writer or Calc, by embedding the formulas into the document.LibreOffice_cell_1_5_2
LibreOffice_cell_1_6_0 BaseLibreOffice_cell_1_6_1 A database management program, similar to Microsoft Access. LibreOffice Base allows databases to be created and managed, and the generation of forms and reports of database content. Like Access, it can be used to create small embedded databases that are stored with the document files (using Java-based HSQLDB and C++ based Firebird as its storage engine), and for more demanding tasks it can also be used as a front-end for various database management systems, including Microsoft JET, ODBC/JDBC data sources, and MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and Microsoft Access.LibreOffice_cell_1_6_2

Operating systems LibreOffice_section_2

The Document Foundation developers target LibreOffice for Microsoft Windows (IA-32 and x86-64), Linux (IA-32, x86-64 and ARM) and macOS (x86-64). LibreOffice_sentence_13

Community ports for FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X 10.5 PowerPC receive support from contributors to those projects, respectively. LibreOffice_sentence_14

LibreOffice is also installable on OpenIndiana via SFE. LibreOffice_sentence_15

Historically predecessors of LibreOffice, back to StarOffice 3, have run on Solaris with SPARC CPUs that Sun Microsystems (and later Oracle) made. LibreOffice_sentence_16

Unofficial ports of LibreOffice, versions now obsolete, have supported SPARC. LibreOffice_sentence_17

Current unofficial ports of LibreOffice 5.2.5 run only on Intel-compatible hardware, up to for Solaris 11. LibreOffice_sentence_18

In 2011, developers announced plans to port LibreOffice both to Android and to iOS. LibreOffice_sentence_19

A beta version of a document viewer for Android 4.0 or newer was released in January 2015; In May 2015, LibreOffice Viewer for Android was released with basic editing capabilities. LibreOffice_sentence_20

In February 2020, Collabora released its first officially supported version of LibreOffice (branded as Collabora Office) for Android and iOS. LibreOffice_sentence_21

In July 2020 Collabora shipped an app for Chromebook (branded as Collabora Office). LibreOffice_sentence_22

The LibreOffice Impress Remote application for various mobile operating systems allows for remote control of LibreOffice Impress presentations. LibreOffice_sentence_23

Table of operating systems that LibreOffice and/or LibreOffice based office suites currently run on: LibreOffice_sentence_24


Operating SystemLibreOffice_header_cell_2_0_0 Processor ArchitectureLibreOffice_header_cell_2_0_1 CurrentLibreOffice_header_cell_2_0_2 FromLibreOffice_header_cell_2_0_3
Android and F-DroidLibreOffice_cell_2_1_0 LibreOffice_cell_2_1_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_1_2 LibreOffice and/or Collabora OfficeLibreOffice_cell_2_1_3
BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD)LibreOffice_cell_2_2_0 IA-32, x86-64, ARM, many othersLibreOffice_cell_2_2_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_2_2 Community portsLibreOffice_cell_2_2_3
ChromebookLibreOffice_cell_2_3_0 LibreOffice_cell_2_3_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_3_2 Collabora OfficeLibreOffice_cell_2_3_3
iOSLibreOffice_cell_2_4_0 LibreOffice_cell_2_4_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_4_2 Collabora OfficeLibreOffice_cell_2_4_3
LinuxLibreOffice_cell_2_5_0 IA-32, x86-64, ARMLibreOffice_cell_2_5_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_5_2 LibreOffice and/or Collabora OfficeLibreOffice_cell_2_5_3
macOSLibreOffice_cell_2_6_0 X86-64, 10.5 PowerPC, ARM based M1 is in developmentLibreOffice_cell_2_6_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_6_2 LibreOffice and/or Collabora Office and/or community portsLibreOffice_cell_2_6_3
WindowsLibreOffice_cell_2_7_0 IA-32, x86-64, ARM is in developmentLibreOffice_cell_2_7_1 YesLibreOffice_cell_2_7_2 LibreOffice and/or Collabora OfficeLibreOffice_cell_2_7_3

LibreOffice Online LibreOffice_section_3

LibreOffice Online is the online office suite edition of LibreOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_25

It allows for the use of LibreOffice through a web browser by using the canvas element of HTML5. LibreOffice_sentence_26

Development was announced at the first LibreOffice Conference in October 2011, and is ongoing. LibreOffice_sentence_27

The Document Foundation, IceWarp, and Collabora announced a collaboration to work on its implementation. LibreOffice_sentence_28

A version of the software was shown in a September 2015 conference, and the UK Crown Commercial Service announced an interest in using the software. LibreOffice_sentence_29

On 15 December 2015, Collabora, in partnership with ownCloud, released a technical preview of LibreOffice Online branded as Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE). LibreOffice_sentence_30

In July 2016 the enterprise version Collabora Online 1.0 was released. LibreOffice_sentence_31

The same month, Nextcloud and Collabora partnered to bring CODE to Nextcloud users. LibreOffice_sentence_32

By October 2016, Collabora had released nine updates to CODE. LibreOffice_sentence_33

The first source code release of LibreOffice Online was done with LibreOffice version 5.3 in February 2017. LibreOffice_sentence_34

In June 2019, CIB software GmbH officially announced its contributions to LibreOffice Online and "LibreOffice Online powered by CIB". LibreOffice_sentence_35

In October 2020 Collabora announced the move of its work on Collabora Online from The Document Foundation infrastructure to GitHub. LibreOffice_sentence_36

Comparison with OpenOffice LibreOffice_section_4

A detailed 60-page report in June 2015 compared the progress of the LibreOffice project with the related project Apache OpenOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_37

It showed that "OpenOffice received about 10% of the improvements LibreOffice did in the period of time studied." LibreOffice_sentence_38

Supported file formats LibreOffice_section_5


FormatLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_0 ExtensionLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_1 TypeLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_2 ReadLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_3 WriteLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_4 NotesLibreOffice_header_cell_3_0_5
AbiWordLibreOffice_cell_3_1_0 ABW, ZABWLibreOffice_cell_3_1_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_1_2 From 4.2LibreOffice_cell_3_1_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_1_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_1_5
Adobe FlashLibreOffice_cell_3_2_0 SWFLibreOffice_cell_3_2_1 Graphics, multimediaLibreOffice_cell_3_2_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_2_3 Up to 6.4 (Impress / Draw only)LibreOffice_cell_3_2_4 Support for writing the format was discontinued as Adobe Flash Player will no longer be maintained.LibreOffice_cell_3_2_5
Adobe PageMakerLibreOffice_cell_3_3_0 PMD, PM3, PM4, PM5, PM6, P65LibreOffice_cell_3_3_1 Document, DTPLibreOffice_cell_3_3_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_3_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_3_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_3_5
AppleWorks word processingLibreOffice_cell_3_4_0 CWKLibreOffice_cell_3_4_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_4_2 From 4.1LibreOffice_cell_3_4_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_4_4 Formerly called ClarisWorksLibreOffice_cell_3_4_5
Adobe Swatch ExchangeLibreOffice_cell_3_5_0 ASELibreOffice_cell_3_5_1 Color plateLibreOffice_cell_3_5_2 From 5.0LibreOffice_cell_3_5_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_5_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_5_5
Adobe FreeHandLibreOffice_cell_3_6_0 AGD, FHDLibreOffice_cell_3_6_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_6_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_6_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_6_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_6_5
Apple KeynoteLibreOffice_cell_3_7_0 KTH, KEYLibreOffice_cell_3_7_1 PresentationLibreOffice_cell_3_7_2 From 5.0LibreOffice_cell_3_7_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_7_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_7_5
Apple NumbersLibreOffice_cell_3_8_0 NumbersLibreOffice_cell_3_8_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_8_2 From 5.0LibreOffice_cell_3_8_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_8_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_8_5
Apple PagesLibreOffice_cell_3_9_0 PagesLibreOffice_cell_3_9_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_9_2 From 5.0LibreOffice_cell_3_9_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_9_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_9_5
AportisDoc (Palm)LibreOffice_cell_3_10_0 PDBLibreOffice_cell_3_10_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_10_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_10_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_10_4 Requires JavaLibreOffice_cell_3_10_5
AutoCAD DXFLibreOffice_cell_3_11_0 DXFLibreOffice_cell_3_11_1 Graphics / CADLibreOffice_cell_3_11_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_11_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_11_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_11_5
LibreOffice_cell_3_12_0 BMPLibreOffice_cell_3_12_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_12_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_12_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_12_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_12_5
Comma-separated valuesLibreOffice_cell_3_13_0 CSV, TXTLibreOffice_cell_3_13_1 TextLibreOffice_cell_3_13_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_13_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_13_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_13_5
ClarisDrawLibreOffice_cell_3_14_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_14_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_14_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_14_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_14_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_14_5
CorelDRAW 6-X7LibreOffice_cell_3_15_0 CDR, CMXLibreOffice_cell_3_15_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_15_2 From 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_15_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_15_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_15_5
LibreOffice_cell_3_16_0 CGMLibreOffice_cell_3_16_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_16_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_16_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_16_4 Binary-encoded only; not those using clear-text or character-based encodingLibreOffice_cell_3_16_5
Data Interchange FormatLibreOffice_cell_3_17_0 DIFLibreOffice_cell_3_17_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_17_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_17_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_17_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_17_5
DBase, Clipper, VP-Info, FoxProLibreOffice_cell_3_18_0 DBFLibreOffice_cell_3_18_1 DatabaseLibreOffice_cell_3_18_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_18_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_18_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_18_5
DocBookLibreOffice_cell_3_19_0 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_19_1 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_19_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_19_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_19_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_19_5
Encapsulated PostScriptLibreOffice_cell_3_20_0 EPSLibreOffice_cell_3_20_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_20_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_20_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_20_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_20_5
LibreOffice_cell_3_21_0 EMFLibreOffice_cell_3_21_1 Graphics / Vector / TextLibreOffice_cell_3_21_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_21_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_21_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_21_5
EPUBLibreOffice_cell_3_22_0 EPUBLibreOffice_cell_3_22_1 eBookLibreOffice_cell_3_22_2 LibreOffice_cell_3_22_3 From 6.0LibreOffice_cell_3_22_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_22_5
FictionBookLibreOffice_cell_3_23_0 FB2LibreOffice_cell_3_23_1 eBookLibreOffice_cell_3_23_2 From 4.2LibreOffice_cell_3_23_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_23_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_23_5
GIMP PaletteLibreOffice_cell_3_24_0 GPLLibreOffice_cell_3_24_1 Color plateLibreOffice_cell_3_24_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_24_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_24_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_24_5
GnumericLibreOffice_cell_3_25_0 GNM, GNUMERICLibreOffice_cell_3_25_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_25_2 From 5.1LibreOffice_cell_3_25_3 NoLibreOffice_cell_3_25_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_25_5
Graphics Interchange FormatLibreOffice_cell_3_26_0 GIFLibreOffice_cell_3_26_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_26_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_26_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_26_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_26_5
Hangul WP 97LibreOffice_cell_3_27_0 HWPLibreOffice_cell_3_27_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_27_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_27_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_27_4 Newer "5.x" documents are not supportedLibreOffice_cell_3_27_5
HPGL plotting fileLibreOffice_cell_3_28_0 PLTLibreOffice_cell_3_28_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_28_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_28_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_28_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_28_5
HTMLLibreOffice_cell_3_29_0 HTML, HTMLibreOffice_cell_3_29_1 Document, textLibreOffice_cell_3_29_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_29_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_29_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_29_5
Ichitaro 8/9/10/11LibreOffice_cell_3_30_0 JTD, JTTLibreOffice_cell_3_30_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_30_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_30_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_30_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_30_5
JPEGLibreOffice_cell_3_31_0 JPG, JPEGLibreOffice_cell_3_31_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_31_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_31_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_31_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_31_5
Lotus 1-2-3LibreOffice_cell_3_32_0 WK1, WKS, 123, wk3, wk4LibreOffice_cell_3_32_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_32_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_32_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_32_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_32_5
Lotus Word ProLibreOffice_cell_3_33_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_33_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_33_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_33_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_33_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_33_5
MacDraftLibreOffice_cell_3_34_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_34_1 Graphics / CADLibreOffice_cell_3_34_2 From 5.0LibreOffice_cell_3_34_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_34_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_34_5
MacDrawLibreOffice_cell_3_35_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_35_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_35_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_35_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_35_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_35_5
MacDraw IILibreOffice_cell_3_36_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_36_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_36_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_36_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_36_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_36_5
Macintosh Picture FileLibreOffice_cell_3_37_0 PCTLibreOffice_cell_3_37_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_37_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_37_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_37_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_37_5
MacWrite Pro 1.5LibreOffice_cell_3_38_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_38_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_38_2 From 4.1LibreOffice_cell_3_38_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_38_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_38_5
MathMLLibreOffice_cell_3_39_0 MMLLibreOffice_cell_3_39_1 MathLibreOffice_cell_3_39_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_39_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_39_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_39_5
METLibreOffice_cell_3_40_0 METLibreOffice_cell_3_40_1 LibreOffice_cell_3_40_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_40_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_40_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_40_5
Microsoft Excel 2003 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_41_0 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_41_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_41_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_41_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_41_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_41_5
Microsoft Excel 4/5/95LibreOffice_cell_3_42_0 XLS, XLW, XLTLibreOffice_cell_3_42_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_42_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_42_3 Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_42_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_42_5
Microsoft Excel 97–2003LibreOffice_cell_3_43_0 XLS, XLW, XLTLibreOffice_cell_3_43_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_43_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_43_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_43_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_43_5
Microsoft Excel 2007-2016LibreOffice_cell_3_44_0 XLSXLibreOffice_cell_3_44_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_44_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_44_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_44_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_44_5
Microsoft Excel Web Query FileLibreOffice_cell_3_45_0 IQYLibreOffice_cell_3_45_1 Data sources, textLibreOffice_cell_3_45_2 From 5.4LibreOffice_cell_3_45_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_45_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_45_5
Microsoft Office 2007-2016 Office Open XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_46_0 DOCX, XLSX, PPTXLibreOffice_cell_3_46_1 Multiple formatsLibreOffice_cell_3_46_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_46_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_46_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_46_5
Microsoft Pocket ExcelLibreOffice_cell_3_47_0 PXLLibreOffice_cell_3_47_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_47_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_47_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_47_4 Requires JavaLibreOffice_cell_3_47_5
Microsoft Pocket WordLibreOffice_cell_3_48_0 PSWLibreOffice_cell_3_48_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_48_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_48_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_48_4 Requires JavaLibreOffice_cell_3_48_5
Microsoft PowerPoint 97–2003LibreOffice_cell_3_49_0 PPT, PPS, POTLibreOffice_cell_3_49_1 PresentationLibreOffice_cell_3_49_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_49_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_49_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_49_5
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007-2016LibreOffice_cell_3_50_0 PPTXLibreOffice_cell_3_50_1 PresentationLibreOffice_cell_3_50_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_50_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_50_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_50_5
Microsoft PublisherLibreOffice_cell_3_51_0 PUBLibreOffice_cell_3_51_1 Document, DTPLibreOffice_cell_3_51_2 From 4.0LibreOffice_cell_3_51_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_51_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_51_5
Microsoft RTFLibreOffice_cell_3_52_0 RTFLibreOffice_cell_3_52_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_52_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_52_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_52_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_52_5
Microsoft Word 2003 XML (WordprocessingML)LibreOffice_cell_3_53_0 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_53_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_53_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_53_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_53_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_53_5
Microsoft Word 4/5/6.0/95LibreOffice_cell_3_54_0 DOC, DOTLibreOffice_cell_3_54_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_54_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_54_3 Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_54_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_54_5
Microsoft Word 97–2003LibreOffice_cell_3_55_0 DOC, DOTLibreOffice_cell_3_55_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_55_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_55_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_55_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_55_5
Microsoft Word 2007-2016LibreOffice_cell_3_56_0 DOCXLibreOffice_cell_3_56_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_56_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_56_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_56_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_56_5
Microsoft Word for MacLibreOffice_cell_3_57_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_57_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_57_2 From 4.1LibreOffice_cell_3_57_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_57_4 Word 1–5.1LibreOffice_cell_3_57_5
Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0LibreOffice_cell_3_58_0 DOC, DOTLibreOffice_cell_3_58_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_58_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_58_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_58_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_58_5
Microsoft WorksLibreOffice_cell_3_59_0 WPS, WKS, WDBLibreOffice_cell_3_59_1 MultipleLibreOffice_cell_3_59_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_59_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_59_4 Microsoft Works for Mac formats since 4.1LibreOffice_cell_3_59_5
Microsoft WriteLibreOffice_cell_3_60_0 WRILibreOffice_cell_3_60_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_60_2 From 5.1LibreOffice_cell_3_60_3 NoLibreOffice_cell_3_60_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_60_5
Microsoft VisioLibreOffice_cell_3_61_0 VSDLibreOffice_cell_3_61_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_61_2 From 3.5LibreOffice_cell_3_61_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_61_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_61_5
Netpbm formatLibreOffice_cell_3_62_0 PGM, PBM, PPMLibreOffice_cell_3_62_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_62_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_62_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_62_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_62_5
OpenDocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_63_0 ODT, FODT, ODS, FODS, ODP, FODP, ODG, FODG, ODFLibreOffice_cell_3_63_1 Multiple formatsLibreOffice_cell_3_63_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_63_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_63_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_63_5
Open Office BaseLibreOffice_cell_3_64_0 ODBLibreOffice_cell_3_64_1 Database forms, dataLibreOffice_cell_3_64_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_64_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_64_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_64_5 XMLLibreOffice_cell_3_65_0 SXW, STW, SXC, STC, SXI, STI, SXD, STD, SXMLibreOffice_cell_3_65_1 Multiple formatsLibreOffice_cell_3_65_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_65_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_65_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_65_5
PCXLibreOffice_cell_3_66_0 PCXLibreOffice_cell_3_66_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_66_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_66_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_66_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_66_5
Photo CDLibreOffice_cell_3_67_0 PCDLibreOffice_cell_3_67_1 PresentationLibreOffice_cell_3_67_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_67_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_67_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_67_5
PhotoShopLibreOffice_cell_3_68_0 PSDLibreOffice_cell_3_68_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_68_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_68_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_68_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_68_5
Plain textLibreOffice_cell_3_69_0 TXTLibreOffice_cell_3_69_1 TextLibreOffice_cell_3_69_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_69_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_69_4 Various encodings supportedLibreOffice_cell_3_69_5
Portable Document FormatLibreOffice_cell_3_70_0 PDFLibreOffice_cell_3_70_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_70_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_70_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_70_4 Including hybrid PDFLibreOffice_cell_3_70_5
Portable Network GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_71_0 PNGLibreOffice_cell_3_71_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_71_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_71_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_71_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_71_5
QuarkXPress 3–4LibreOffice_cell_3_72_0 QXPLibreOffice_cell_3_72_1 Document, DTPLibreOffice_cell_3_72_2 From 6.0LibreOffice_cell_3_72_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_72_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_72_5
Quattro Pro 6.0LibreOffice_cell_3_73_0 WB2, wq1, wq2LibreOffice_cell_3_73_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_73_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_73_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_73_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_73_5
RagTime for MacLibreOffice_cell_3_74_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_74_1 LibreOffice_cell_3_74_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_74_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_74_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_74_5
Scalable vector graphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_75_0 SVGLibreOffice_cell_3_75_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_75_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_75_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_75_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_75_5
SGVLibreOffice_cell_3_76_0 SGVLibreOffice_cell_3_76_1 LibreOffice_cell_3_76_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_76_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_76_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_76_5
Software602 (T602)LibreOffice_cell_3_77_0 602, TXTLibreOffice_cell_3_77_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_77_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_77_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_77_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_77_5
StarOffice StarCalc 3/4/5LibreOffice_cell_3_78_0 SDC, VORLibreOffice_cell_3_78_1 SpreadsheetLibreOffice_cell_3_78_2 Dropped in 4.0,
added back in 5.3LibreOffice_cell_3_78_3
Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_78_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_78_5
StarOffice StarDraw/StarImpressLibreOffice_cell_3_79_0 SDA, SDD, SDP, VORLibreOffice_cell_3_79_1 PresentationLibreOffice_cell_3_79_2 Dropped in 4.0,
added back in 5.3LibreOffice_cell_3_79_3
Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_79_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_79_5
StarOffice StarMathLibreOffice_cell_3_80_0 SXMLibreOffice_cell_3_80_1 MathLibreOffice_cell_3_80_2 Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_80_3 Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_80_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_80_5
StarOffice StarWriter 3/4/5LibreOffice_cell_3_81_0 SDW, SGL, VORLibreOffice_cell_3_81_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_81_2 Dropped in 4.0,
added back in 5.3LibreOffice_cell_3_81_3
Up to 3.6LibreOffice_cell_3_81_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_81_5
Star Writer graphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_82_0 SGFLibreOffice_cell_3_82_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_82_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_82_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_82_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_82_5
Sony Broad Band eBookLibreOffice_cell_3_83_0 RLFLibreOffice_cell_3_83_1 eBookLibreOffice_cell_3_83_2 From 4.4LibreOffice_cell_3_83_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_83_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_83_5
SunOS RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_84_0 RASLibreOffice_cell_3_84_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_84_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_84_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_84_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_84_5
SVMLibreOffice_cell_3_85_0 SVMLibreOffice_cell_3_85_1 Graphics / VectorLibreOffice_cell_3_85_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_85_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_85_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_85_5
SYLKLibreOffice_cell_3_86_0 SLKLibreOffice_cell_3_86_1 Spreadsheet, file exchangeLibreOffice_cell_3_86_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_86_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_86_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_86_5
LibreOffice_cell_3_87_0 TIF, TIFFLibreOffice_cell_3_87_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_87_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_87_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_87_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_87_5
Truevision TGA (Targa)LibreOffice_cell_3_88_0 TGALibreOffice_cell_3_88_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_88_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_88_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_88_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_88_5
Unified Office FormatLibreOffice_cell_3_89_0 UOF, UOT, UOS, UOPLibreOffice_cell_3_89_1 MultipleLibreOffice_cell_3_89_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_89_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_89_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_89_5
LibreOffice_cell_3_90_0 WMFLibreOffice_cell_3_90_1 Graphics, vector, bitmapLibreOffice_cell_3_90_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_90_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_90_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_90_5
WordPerfectLibreOffice_cell_3_91_0 WPDLibreOffice_cell_3_91_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_91_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_91_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_91_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_91_5
WordPerfect Suite 2000/Office 1.0LibreOffice_cell_3_92_0 WPSLibreOffice_cell_3_92_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_92_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_92_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_92_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_92_5
WriteNow 4.0LibreOffice_cell_3_93_0 LibreOffice_cell_3_93_1 DocumentLibreOffice_cell_3_93_2 From 4.1LibreOffice_cell_3_93_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_93_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_93_5
X BitMapLibreOffice_cell_3_94_0 XBMLibreOffice_cell_3_94_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_94_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_94_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_94_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_94_5
X PixMapLibreOffice_cell_3_95_0 XPMLibreOffice_cell_3_95_1 Graphics / RasterLibreOffice_cell_3_95_2 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_95_3 YesLibreOffice_cell_3_95_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_95_5
Zoner DrawLibreOffice_cell_3_96_0 ZMFLibreOffice_cell_3_96_1 GraphicsLibreOffice_cell_3_96_2 From 5.3LibreOffice_cell_3_96_3 LibreOffice_cell_3_96_4 LibreOffice_cell_3_96_5

Miscellaneous features LibreOffice_section_6

LibreOffice can use the GStreamer multimedia framework in Linux to render multimedia content such as videos in Impress and other programs. LibreOffice_sentence_39

Visually, LibreOffice used the large "Tango style" icons that are used for the application shortcuts, quick launch icons, icons for associated files and for the icons found on the toolbar of the LibreOffice programs in the past. LibreOffice_sentence_40

They were also used on the toolbars and menus by default. LibreOffice_sentence_41

Later LibreOffice integrated multiple icon themes to adapt the look and feel of specific desktop environment, such as Colibre for Windows, and Elementary for GNOME. LibreOffice_sentence_42

LibreOffice also ships with a modified theme which looks native on GTK-based Linux distributions. LibreOffice_sentence_43

It also renders fonts via Cairo on Linux distributions; this means that text in LibreOffice is rendered the same as the rest of the Linux desktop. LibreOffice_sentence_44

With version 6.2, LibreOffice includes a Ribbon-style GUI, called Notebookbar, including three different views. LibreOffice_sentence_45

This feature has formerly been included as an experimental feature in LibreOffice 6 (experimental features must be enabled from LibreOffice settings to make the option available in the View menu). LibreOffice_sentence_46

LibreOffice has a feature similar to WordArt called Fontwork. LibreOffice_sentence_47

LibreOffice uses HarfBuzz for complex text layout, it was first introduced in 4.1 for Linux and 5.3 for Windows and macOS. LibreOffice_sentence_48

Fonts with OpenType, Apple Advanced Typography or SIL Graphite features can be adjusted. LibreOffice_sentence_49

LibreOffice supports a "hybrid PDF" format, a file in Portable Document Format (PDF) which can be read by any program supporting PDF, but also contains the source document in ODF format, editable in LibreOffice by dragging and dropping. LibreOffice_sentence_50

Licensing LibreOffice_section_7

The LibreOffice project uses a dual LGPLv3 (or later) / MPL 2.0 license for new contributions to allow the license to be upgraded. LibreOffice_sentence_51

Since the core of the codebase was donated to the Apache Software Foundation, there is an ongoing effort to get all the code rebased to ease future license updates. LibreOffice_sentence_52

At the same time, there were complaints that IBM had not in fact released the Lotus Symphony code as open source, despite having claimed to. LibreOffice_sentence_53

It was reported that some LibreOffice developers wanted to incorporate some code parts and bug fixes which IBM already fixed in their OpenOffice fork. LibreOffice_sentence_54

Scripting and extensions LibreOffice_section_8

LibreOffice supports third-party extensions. LibreOffice_sentence_55

As of July 2017, the LibreOffice Extension Repository lists more than 320 extensions. LibreOffice_sentence_56

Another list is maintained by the Apache Software Foundation and another one by the Free Software Foundation. LibreOffice_sentence_57

Extensions and scripts for LibreOffice can be written in C++, Java, CLI, Python, and LibreOffice Basic. LibreOffice_sentence_58

Interpreters for the latter two are bundled with most LibreOffice installers, so no additional installation is needed. LibreOffice_sentence_59

The application programming interface for LibreOffice is called "UNO" and is extensively documented. LibreOffice_sentence_60

LibreOffice Basic LibreOffice_section_9

LibreOffice Basic is a programming language similar to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) but based on StarOffice Basic. LibreOffice_sentence_61

It is available in Writer, Calc and Base. LibreOffice_sentence_62

It is used to write small programs known as "macros", with each macro performing a different task, such as counting the words in a paragraph. LibreOffice_sentence_63

History LibreOffice_section_10

ooo-build, Go-oo and Oracle LibreOffice_section_11

Members of the community who were not Sun Microsystems employees had wanted a more egalitarian form for the project for many years; Sun had stated in the original announcement in 2000 that the project would eventually be run by a neutral foundation and put forward a more detailed proposal in 2001. LibreOffice_sentence_64

Ximian and then Novell had maintained the ooo-build patch set, a project led by Michael Meeks, to make the build easier on Linux and due to the difficulty of getting contributions accepted upstream by Sun, even from corporate partners. LibreOffice_sentence_65

It tracked the main line of development and was not intended to constitute a fork. LibreOffice_sentence_66

It was also the standard build mechanism for in most Linux distributions and was contributed to by said distributions. LibreOffice_sentence_67

In 2007, ooo-build was made available by Novell as a software package called Go-oo (ooo-build had used the domain name as early as 2005), which included many features not included in upstream LibreOffice_sentence_68

Go-oo also encouraged outside contributions, with rules similar to those later adopted for LibreOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_69

Sun's contributions to had been declining for some time, they remained reluctant to accept contributions and contributors were upset at Sun releasing code to IBM for IBM Lotus Symphony under a proprietary contract, rather than under an open source licence. LibreOffice_sentence_70

Sun was purchased by Oracle Corporation in early 2010. LibreOffice_sentence_71 community members were concerned by Oracle's behaviour towards open source software, the Java lawsuit against Google and Oracle's withdrawal of developers and lack of activity on or visible commitment to, as had been noted by industry observers – as Meeks put it in early September 2010, "The news from the Oracle OpenOffice conference was that there was no news." LibreOffice_sentence_72

Discussion of a fork started soon after. LibreOffice_sentence_73

The Document Foundation and LibreOffice LibreOffice_section_12

On 28 September 2010, The Document Foundation was announced as the host of LibreOffice, a new derivative of LibreOffice_sentence_74

The Document Foundation's initial announcement stated their concerns that Oracle would either discontinue, or place restrictions on it as an open source project, as it had on Sun's OpenSolaris. LibreOffice_sentence_75

LibreOffice 3.3 beta used the ooo-build build infrastructure and the 3.3 beta code from Oracle, then adding selected patches from Go-oo. LibreOffice_sentence_76

Go-oo was discontinued in favour of LibreOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_77

Since the office suite that was branded "" in most Linux distributions was in fact Go-oo, most moved immediately to LibreOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_78

Oracle was invited to become a member of The Document Foundation. LibreOffice_sentence_79

However, Oracle demanded that all members of the Community Council involved with The Document Foundation step down from the OOo Community Council, claiming a conflict of interest. LibreOffice_sentence_80

Naming LibreOffice_section_13

The name "LibreOffice" was picked after researching trademark databases and social media, as well as after checks were made to see if it could be used for URLs in various countries. LibreOffice_sentence_81

Oracle rejected requests to donate the brand to the project. LibreOffice_sentence_82

LibreOffice was initially named BrOffice in Brazil. LibreOffice_sentence_83 had been distributed as by the BrOffice Centre of Excellence for Free Software because of a trademark issue. LibreOffice_sentence_84

End of and beginning of Apache OpenOffice LibreOffice_section_14

Oracle announced in April 2011 that it was ending its development of and would lay off the majority of its paid developers. LibreOffice_sentence_85

In June 2011, Oracle announced that it would donate the code and trademark to the Apache Software Foundation, where the project was accepted for a project incubation process within the foundation, thus becoming Apache OpenOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_86

In an interview with LWN in 2011, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth blamed The Document Foundation for destroying because it did not license code under Oracle's Contributor License Agreement. LibreOffice_sentence_87

But former Sun executive Simon Phipps denies this is the case: LibreOffice_sentence_88

In March 2015, an comparison of LibreOffice with its cousin project Apache OpenOffice concluded that "LibreOffice has won the battle for developer participation". LibreOffice_sentence_89

Release history LibreOffice_section_15

Mascot competition LibreOffice_section_16

In late 2017 The Document Foundation held a competition for the new mascot of LibreOffice. LibreOffice_sentence_90

The mascot was to be used primarily by the community, and was not intended to supersede existing logos for the project. LibreOffice_sentence_91

Over 300 concepts were submitted before the first evaluation phase. LibreOffice_sentence_92

Tyson Tan (known for his work on several of KDE's logos) submitted a design he named Libbie the Cyber Oryx. LibreOffice_sentence_93

The character was a cybernetic oryx, following in the robotic design of his other mascots. LibreOffice_sentence_94

Tan's reasoning for it being an oryx was because LibreOffice and oryxes share a similar story of revival. LibreOffice_sentence_95

The character is described as "social, swift, sharp and smart," and as being the public relations manager of The Document Foundation. LibreOffice_sentence_96

As the character is an android it can swap parts of its body to glow a different color or have an entirely different appearance. LibreOffice_sentence_97

Tan's original concept art included versions of Libbie with colors and poses for each of the LibreOffice programs as well as dark and male versions. LibreOffice_sentence_98

The mascot contest was cancelled soon after new submissions stopped being accepted. LibreOffice_sentence_99

The Document Foundation cited their lack of clear rules and arguments among community members as their reasoning for cancelling the contest. LibreOffice_sentence_100

Versions LibreOffice_section_17

Since March 2014 and version 4.2.2, two different major "released" versions of LibreOffice are available at any time, in addition to development versions (numbered release candidates and dated nightly builds). LibreOffice_sentence_101

The versions are designated to signal their appropriateness for differing user requirements. LibreOffice_sentence_102

Releases are designated by three numbers separated by dots. LibreOffice_sentence_103

The first two numbers represent the major version (branch) number, and the final number indicates the bugfix releases made in that series. LibreOffice_sentence_104

LibreOffice designates the two release versions as: LibreOffice_sentence_105


  • "Fresh" – the most recent major version (branch), which contains the latest enhancements but which may have introduced bugs not present in the "still" release.LibreOffice_item_0_0
  • "Still" (formerly "Stable") – the prior major version, which, by the time it has become the "still" version, has had around six months of bug fixing. It is recommended for users for whom stability is more important than the latest enhancements.LibreOffice_item_0_1

Release schedule LibreOffice_section_18

LibreOffice uses a time-based release schedule for predictability, rather than a "when it's ready" schedule. LibreOffice_sentence_106

New major versions are released around every six months, in January or February and July or August of each year. LibreOffice_sentence_107

The initial intention was to release in March and September, to align with the schedule of other free software projects. LibreOffice_sentence_108

Minor bugfix versions of the "fresh" and "still" release branches are released frequently. LibreOffice_sentence_109

Users and deployments LibreOffice_section_19

The figure shows the worldwide number of LibreOffice users from 2011 to 2018 in millions. LibreOffice_sentence_110

References are in the text. LibreOffice_sentence_111

2011: The Document Foundation estimated in September 2011, that there were 10 million users worldwide who had obtained LibreOffice via downloads or CD-ROMs. LibreOffice_sentence_112

Over 90% of those were on Windows, with another 5% on OS X. LibreOffice_sentence_113

LibreOffice is the default office suite for most Linux distributions, and is installed when the operating system is installed or updated. LibreOffice_sentence_114

Based on International Data Corporation reckonings for new or updated Linux installations in 2011, The Document Foundation estimated a subtotal of 15 million Linux users. LibreOffice_sentence_115

This gave a total estimated user base of 25 million users in 2011. LibreOffice_sentence_116

In 2011, the Document Foundation set a target of 200 million users worldwide before the end of 2020. LibreOffice_sentence_117

2013: In September 2013, after two years, the estimated number of LibreOffice users was 75 million. LibreOffice_sentence_118

A million new unique IP addresses check for downloads each week. LibreOffice_sentence_119

2015: In 2015, LibreOffice was used by 100 million users and 18 governments. LibreOffice_sentence_120

2016: In August 2016, the number of LibreOffice users was estimated at 120 million. LibreOffice_sentence_121

2018: The Document Foundation estimated in 2018 that there are 200 million active LibreOffice users worldwide. LibreOffice_sentence_122

About 25% of them are students and 10% Linux users (who often automatically receive LibreOffice through their distribution). LibreOffice_sentence_123

In comparison, Microsoft Office was used in 2018 by 1.2 billion users. LibreOffice_sentence_124

Mass deployments LibreOffice_section_20

LibreOffice has seen various mass deployments since its inception: LibreOffice_sentence_125

2003–2010 LibreOffice_sentence_126


  • In 2003–2004, the Brazilian corporation Serpro started migrating its software to BrOffice (the local version of LibreOffice at the time), with estimated value of BRL 3.5 million (approximately US$1.2 million at the time), and became a case study for similar initiatives in Brazil, particularly in e-government.LibreOffice_item_1_2
  • In 2005, the French Gendarmerie announced its migration to It planned to migrate 72,000 desktop machines to a customised version of Ubuntu (GendBuntu) with LibreOffice by 2015.LibreOffice_item_1_3
  • In 2010, the Irish city of Limerick gradually started migrating to open-source solutions to free itself from vendor lock-in and improve its purchase negotiation power. One of the key aspects of this move has been the use of LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_1_4

2011 LibreOffice_sentence_127


  • The administrative authority of the Île-de-France region (which includes the city of Paris) included LibreOffice in a USB flash drive given to students which contains free open-source software. The USB flash drive is given to approximately 800,000 students.LibreOffice_item_2_5
  • It was announced that thirteen hospitals of the Copenhagen region would gradually switch to LibreOffice, affecting "almost all of the 25,000 workers".LibreOffice_item_2_6

2012 LibreOffice_sentence_128


  • The Greek city of Pylaia-Chortiatis migrated its PCs to use LibreOffice. The local Linux user group estimated cost savings to be at least €70,000.LibreOffice_item_3_7
  • In July, the Spanish city of Las Palmas switched its 1,200 PCs to using LibreOffice, citing cost savings of €400,000.LibreOffice_item_3_8
  • The administration of Umbria, Italy, started a project to migrate an initial group of 5,000 civil workers to LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_3_9
  • The city of Largo, Florida, US has been a long-time user of open-source software using Linux thin clients. Originally using, the city of Largo switched to LibreOffice in 2013.LibreOffice_item_3_10

2013 LibreOffice_sentence_129


  • In June, the government of the Italian province of South Tyrol will be switching 7,000 PCs in administration and "many more thousands" of PCs in health services using LibreOffice and ODF.LibreOffice_item_4_11
  • In August, the administration of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia has completed the migration of all 120,000 PCs of the administration, including schools and courts, to LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_4_12
  • The German city of Munich announced that it would transition from OpenOffice to LibreOffice in the near future. This is in line with Munich's long-term commitment to using open-source software. Munich uses LiMux, an Ubuntu Linux derivative, on nearly all of the city's 15,000 computers. The city of Munich is the second public administration to join the advisory board at the Document Foundation. News appeared in 2014 that the council is considering migrating back to Microsoft Windows & Microsoft Office but was later denied. Based on a study, the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, initiated the re-investigation of the scenario of migrating back to Microsoft systems. The trustworthiness of the study is questionable because the company has been "Microsoft's Alliance Partner of the Year" for nine years. Further details were issued by the Document Foundation.LibreOffice_item_4_13

2014 LibreOffice_sentence_130


  • The French city of Toulouse announced it saved €1 million by migrating thousands of workstations to LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_5_14

2015 LibreOffice_sentence_131


  • The Italian Ministry of Defence announced that it would install LibreOffice on 150,000 PCs.LibreOffice_item_6_15
  • The Italian city of Bari replaced Microsoft Office with LibreOffice on its 1,700 PCs.LibreOffice_item_6_16
  • LibreOffice was officially made available for all UK Government agencies nationwide. Annual cost saving on a subscription for 6,500 users compared to MS Office is approximately £900,000.LibreOffice_item_6_17
  • In July 2015, the IT project manager working for the administration of Nantes (France's sixth largest city) talked about the ongoing switch of its 5,000 workstations to LibreOffice started in 2013. According to the IT project manager, the switch to LibreOffice allowed the administration to save €1.7 million.LibreOffice_item_6_18
  • As of 2015, LibreOffice is installed on almost all of the 500,000 workstations of the 11 French ministries members of the MIMO working group. The MIMO working group was the first public administration to join the advisory board at the Document Foundation.LibreOffice_item_6_19

2016 LibreOffice_sentence_132


  • The Taiwanese county of Yilan would purchase no more Microsoft Office licenses and turned to ODF and LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_7_20
  • The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group switched all of its PCs (more than 15,000) to LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_7_21
  • Lithuanian police switched to LibreOffice on over 8,000 workstations, citing cost savings of €1 million.LibreOffice_item_7_22

2017 LibreOffice_sentence_133


  • The majority (75%) of municipalities in the Walloon region of Belgium use open source software and services which include LibreOffice. As of March 2017, over 20,000 public administration staff and many times more citizens use the services.LibreOffice_item_8_23
  • The Spanish autonomous region of Galicia announced plans to finalize its switch to LibreOffice at several central government services and ministries, making LibreOffice the only office productivity suite on 6,000 workstations.LibreOffice_item_8_24
  • The city of Rome, Italy, began installing LibreOffice on all of its 14,000 PC workstations, in parallel to the existing proprietary office suite. It is one of the planned steps to increase the city's use of free and open-source software, aiming to reduce lock-in to IT vendors.LibreOffice_item_8_25

2018 LibreOffice_sentence_134


  • Barcelona, Spain announced its transition to LibreOffice from Microsoft Office in January 2018. The change was part of a broader shift from proprietary to open-source software, and the city council aimed to eventually reach "full technological sovereignty" by eliminating its dependency on Microsoft products. During the announcement, Barcelona indicated that it would dedicate 70 percent of its software budget to open-source software.LibreOffice_item_9_26
  • The city of Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, is migrating all of its PC workstations, around 2,000, to Pardus and LibreOffice.LibreOffice_item_9_27
  • The city of Tirana, Albania, is finishing installing LibreOffice on all of the city's 1,000 PC workstations.LibreOffice_item_9_28

2019 LibreOffice_sentence_135


  • The city of Seixal, Portugal, migrated to LibreOffice on 1,100 workstations across all departments in Seixal City Hall.LibreOffice_item_10_29

2020 LibreOffice_sentence_136


  • The German state of Schleswig-Holstein wants to switch completely from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice by 2025 for its 25,000 employees. The transition will begin gradually in 2021.LibreOffice_item_11_30

Conferences LibreOffice_section_21

Starting in 2011, The Document Foundation has organized the annual LibreOffice Conference, as follows: LibreOffice_sentence_137


  • 2011 – Paris, France – 12–15 OctoberLibreOffice_item_12_31
  • 2012 – Berlin, Germany – 17–19 OctoberLibreOffice_item_12_32
  • 2013 – Milan, Italy – 24–27 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_33
  • 2014 – Bern, Switzerland – 3–5 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_34
  • 2015 – Aarhus, Denmark – 23–25 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_35
  • 2016 – Brno, Czech Republic – 7–9 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_36
  • 2017 – Rome, Italy – 11–13 OctoberLibreOffice_item_12_37
  • 2018 – Tirana, Albania – 26–28 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_38
  • 2019 – Almería, Spain – 11–13 SeptemberLibreOffice_item_12_39
  • 2020 – web conferencing – 15–17 OctoberLibreOffice_item_12_40

Derivatives LibreOffice_section_22


  • Collabora supplies the branded and customised LibreOffice versions LibreOffice Vanilla for Mac, GovOffice, Collabora Office, Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE) and Collabora Online. A Collabora Office edition for iOS and Android phones is also provided. An edition for Chromebooks is also provided.LibreOffice_item_13_41
  • EuroOffice is a derivative of LibreOffice with free and non-free extensions, for the Hungarian language and geographic detail, developed by Hungarian-based MultiRacio Ltd.LibreOffice_item_13_42
  • CIB software GmbH develops and supplies the branded and customized LibreOffice versions called "LibreOffice powered by CIB" and "LibreOffice Online powered by CIB". The software on Microsoft Store is available in two flavours called "LibreOffice Vanilla", with the official The Document Foundation brand and "LibreOffice powered by CIB".LibreOffice_item_13_43
  • "NDC ODF Application Tools" is a derivative of LibreOffice provided by the Taiwan National Development Council (NDC) and used by public agencies in Taiwan.LibreOffice_item_13_44
  • NeoOffice 2017 and later versions are based on LibreOffice. Prior versions included stability fixes from LibreOffice, but were based on OpenOffice.LibreOffice_item_13_45
  • OxOffice is a derivative of LibreOffice (originally a derivative of with enhanced support for the Chinese language.LibreOffice_item_13_46

See also LibreOffice_section_23


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