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Unofficial:WEB,weblink Documentation/System Requirements - The Document Foundation Wiki,, 2018-07-12, FreeBSD, OpenBSD,WEB, OpenBSD ports,weblink 24 March 2018, NetBSD, Haiku, Solaris (v. 5.2.5)
| platform = x86-64 (all operating systems), IA-32, ARMel, ARMhf, ARM64, MIPS, MIPSel, PowerPC, ppc64el, S390xWEB
, Debian – Details of package libreoffice in jessie
, Debian project
, 12 July 2018
| language count = 115
| language footnote =WEB
, LibreOffice Fresh download – pick language
, The Document Foundation
, 7 August 2015
| genre = Office suite
| license = MPLv2.0 (secondary license GPL, LGPLv3+ or Apache License 2.0)WEB
, Licenses
, The Document Foundation
, 16 December 2015,
| standard = OpenDocument
}}LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. It was forked from in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae. It is available in 115 languages.LibreOffice uses the international ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument file format (ODF) as its native format to save documents for all of its applications. LibreOffice also supports the file formats of most other major office suites, including Microsoft Office, through a variety of import/export filters.WEB, About Converting Microsoft Office Documents, LibreOffice Help, The Document Foundation, 8 April 2013,weblink 16 February 2014, WEB,weblink What is LibreOffice?, The Document Foundation, 4 May 2019, LibreOffice is available for a variety of computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux (including a LibreOffice Viewer for AndroidWEB, LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) now available for Android, The Document Foundation blog, The Document Foundation,weblink 22 January 2015, ), as well as in the form of an online office suite LibreOffice Online. It is the default office suite of most popular Linux distributions.WEB, Office apps, Ubuntu (operating system),, Canonical Ltd.,weblink 16 February 2014, WEB,weblink LibreOffice, Debian help, Debian, 4 May 2019, WEB,weblink Office and productivity features, Fedora Project,weblink" title="">weblink 13 September 2014, 16 February 2014, WEB,weblink openSUSE 11.4 Will Be First To Roll Out With LibreOffice, 7 March 2011, openSUSE news, openSUSE, 4 May 2019, 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, Corbet, Jonathan, Development activity in LibreOffice and OpenOffice,weblink, Eklektix, Inc, 11 March 2016, The project was announced and a beta released on 28 September 2010. Between January 2011 (the first stable release) and October 2011, LibreOffice was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times.NEWS, Thomson, Iain, On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate, The Register, United Kingdom, 28 September 2011,weblink 28 September 2011, 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.WEB, Meeks, Michael, LibreOffice: What's New?, PDF, 4, OpenSUSE conference 2015 Den Haag, 2 May 2015,weblink 4 May 2015, Tracking direct download Update Ping origins. Excludes all Linux Distributions downloads ~120m so far ( + Linux ) This time last year @ openSUSE con. was ~65m,


Included applications

(File:Libre Office Impress in Linux (Ubuntu).png|thumb|Screenshot of LibreOffice Impress in Linux){| class="wikitable"! colspan="2" | Component !! Notes
(File:LibreOffice 6.1 Writer Icon.svg|48px)LibreOffice Writer>Writer| 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.
48px)LibreOffice Calc>Calcspreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3. It has a number of unique features, including a system which automatically defines series of graphs, based on information available to the user.HTTPS://WWW.LIBREOFFICE.ORG/DISCOVER/CALC/ PUBLISHER=LIBREOFFICE.ORG, 24 November 2014,
48px)| Impresspresentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash Player installed.HTTPS://WWW.LIBREOFFICE.ORG/DISCOVER/IMPRESS/ PUBLISHER=LIBREOFFICE.ORG, 24 November 2014,
48px)LibreOffice Draw>Drawvector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio and comparable in features to early versions of 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.HTTPS://WWW.LIBREOFFICE.ORG/DISCOVER/DRAW/ PUBLISHER=LIBREOFFICE.ORG Portable Document Format>PDF-file editor.
48px)| MathXML 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.HTTPS://WWW.LIBREOFFICE.ORG/DISCOVER/MATH/ PUBLISHER=LIBREOFFICE.ORG, 24 November 2014,
48px)LibreOffice Base>Basedatabase management program, similar to Microsoft Access. LibreOffice Base allows for the creation and management of databases as well as the preparation of forms and reports that provide end users easy access to data. 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 (database server)>Firebird as its storage engine), and for more demanding tasks it can also be used as a front-end for various database systems, including Access databases (Microsoft Jet Database Engine), ODBC/JDBC data sources, and MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access.HTTPS://WWW.LIBREOFFICE.ORG/DISCOVER/BASE/ PUBLISHER=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION, 24 November 2014, Work is ongoing to transition the embedded storage engine from HSQLDB to the Firebird SQL back-end. Firebird has been included in LibreOffice as an experimental option since LibreOffice 4.2.WEB, LibreOffice 4.2 released with new SQL preview feature : Firebird SQL backend,weblink Firebird News, 2 May 2015, 30 January 2014, WEB, HSQLDB to be replaced by Firebird,weblink, 2 May 2015, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 19 March 2015, dmy-all,

Operating systems {|style"float: right; margin: 0 auto;"

thumb|Screenshot of LibreOffice 5.3 Writer using the MUFFIN interface running on Ubuntu 16.04)thumb100px|LibreOffice Viewer on Android)
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).WEB, Vignoli, Italo, The road to LibreOffice 5.0,weblink The Document Foundation Blog, The Document Foundation, 29 July 2015,weblink Community ports for FreeBSD,WEB,weblink FreeBSD Ports: Editors, FreeBSD, 16 June 2013, 16 June 2013, NetBSD,WEB,weblink The NetBSD Packages Collection: misc/libreoffice,, 18 March 2010, 24 June 2013, OpenBSD and Mac OS X 10.5 PowerPCWEB, Ftp - /pub/manulix/other/libreoffice/ :: Oregon State University Open Source Lab,, 16 April 2017,weblink receive support from contributors to those projects, respectively.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 22 November 2018, office, 30 October 2013, Redports, 3 November 2013, Robert Nagy maintains the OpenBSD port of LibreOffice in collaboration with The Document Foundation.WEB,weblink LibreOffice was ported to OpenBSD in time for the 4.9 release,, 1 May 2011, 15 February 2012, LibreOffice is also installable on OpenIndiana via SFE.WEB,weblink LibreOffice - OpenIndiana - OpenIndiana Wiki, 5 June 2016,weblink 13 July 2018, yes, dmy-all, Historically predecessors of LibreOffice, back to StarOffice 3, have run on Solaris with SPARC CPUs that Sun Microsystems made (and Oracle continued making for a while). Unofficial ports of LibreOffice, versions now obsolete, have supported SPARC. Current unofficial ports of LibreOffice 5.2.5 run only on Intel-compatible hardware, up to for Solaris 11.In 2011, developers announced plans to port LibreOffice both to Android and to iOS.NEWS,weblink Ryan, Paul, LibreOffice gaining momentum, heading to Android, iOS, and the Web, 17 October 2011, 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.WEB,weblink The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice Viewer for Android, Vignoli, Italo, 28 May 2015, The Document Foundation Blog, 3 June 2015, The LibreOffice Impress Remote application for various mobile operating systems allows for remote control of LibreOffice Impress presentations.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is the online office suite edition of LibreOffice. It allows for the use of LibreOffice through a web browser by using the canvas element of HTML5. Development was announced at the first LibreOffice Conference in October 2011, and is ongoing.WEB,weblink Stuff Michael Meeks is doing, Michael, Meeks, 1 October 2015, 19 October 2011, Michael Meeks' blog,, LibreOffice On-Line in slideware, The Document Foundation, IceWarp, and Collabora announced a collaboration to work on its implementation.NEWS,weblink LibreOffice in the browser, revealed in 2011, finally close to reality, Ars Technica, NEWS,weblink LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs, BetaNews, A version of the software was shown in a September 2015 conference,WEB,weblink LibreOffice Online Development Advances, Gains Image Manipulation, Advanced Toolbar, Marius Nestor, 1 October 2015, softpedia, and the UK Crown Commercial Service announced an interest in using the software.WEB,weblink Collabora deal will provide savings on Open Source office software,, WEB,weblink UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice, Silviu Stahie, 20 October 2015, softpedia, On 15 December 2015, Collabora, in partnership with ownCloud, released a technical preview of Libreoffice Online branded as Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE).WEB,weblink Collabora and ownCloud announce Partnership and release CODE for LibreOffice Online developers., 24 October 2016, 15 December 2015, In July 2016, Nextcloud and Collabora partnered to bring CODE to Nextcloud users.WEB,weblink Nextcloud and Collabora Bring Online Office To Everybody, 2016-07-19,, 2017-11-17, NEWS,weblink Nextcloud and Collabora Partner to Offer Community and Enterprise Solution for Online Office, 2016-07-19, Collabora, 2017-11-17, By October 2016, Collabora had released nine updates to CODE.WEB,weblink CODE updates, 24 October 2016, 13 October 2016, The first source code release of LibreOffice Online was done with LibreOffice version 5.3 in February 2017.

Unique features of LibreOffice

A detailed 60-page report in June 2015 compared the progress of the LibreOffice project with the related project Apache OpenOffice. It showed that "OpenOffice received about 10% of the improvements LibreOffice did in the period of time studied."WEB,weblink Apache OpenOffice versus LibreOffice, Linton, Susan, 5 June 2015, ostatic, ostatic, 22 June 2015, OpenOffice received about 10% of the improvements LibreOffice did in the period of time studied.,

Supported file formats

{| class="wikitable sortable collapsible collapsed" style="width:100%"! colspan="6" | File formats supported by LibreOffice
! Format! Extension! Type! Read! Write! Notes
| AbiWord| ABW, ZABW| Document
From 4.2}}| |
| Adobe Flash| SWF| Graphics, multimedia
PUBLISHER= THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION, 24 November 2014, | Export from Impress|
| Adobe PageMaker| PMD, PM3, PM4, PM5, PM6, P65
| AppleWorks word processing| CWK| Document
From 4.1}}|| Formerly called ClarisWorks
| Adobe Swatch Exchange| ASE| Color plate
From 5.0}}||
| Adobe FreeHand| AGD, FHD| Graphics / Vector| {{yes}}||
Keynote (presentation software)>Apple Keynote| KTH, KEY| PresentationFrom 5.0}}||
| Apple Numbers| Numbers| Spreadsheet
From 5.0}}||
| Apple Pages| Pages| Document
From 5.0}}||
| AportisDoc (Palm)| PDB| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| Requires Java
Computer-aided design>CAD| {{yes}}||
| BMP file format| BMP| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Comma-separated values| CSV, TXT| Text| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| ClarisDraw| | Graphics / Vector| {{yes}}||
| CorelDRAW 6-X7| CDR, CMX| Graphics / Vector
| Computer Graphics Metafile| CGM| Graphics| {{yes}}|| Binary-encoded only; not those using clear-text or character-based encoding
| Data Interchange Format| DIF| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| DBase, Clipper, VP-Info, FoxPro| DBF| Database| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| DocBook| XML| XML| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Encapsulated PostScript| EPS| Graphics| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Enhanced Metafile| EMF| Graphics / Vector / Text| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| EPUB| EPUB| eBook|
From 6.0}}|
| FictionBook| FB2| eBook
From 4.2}}||
| GIMP Palette| GPL| Color plate
From 4.4}}| |
| Gnumeric| GNM, GNUMERIC| Spreadsheet
From 5.1}}| {{no}}|
| Graphics Interchange Format| GIF| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
Hangul (word processor)>Hangul WP 97| HWP| Document| {{yes}}|date=January 2018}}
| HPGL plotting file| PLT| Graphics| {{yes}}||
| HTML| HTML, HTM| Document, text| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
Ichitaro (word processor)>Ichitaro 8/9/10/11| JTD, JTT| Document| {{yes}}||
| JPEG| JPG, JPEG| Graphics| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Lotus 1-2-3| WK1, WKS, 123, wk3, wk4| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}||
| Lotus Word Pro|| Document| {{yes}}||
| MacDraft|| Graphics / CAD
From 5.0}}||
| MacDraw|| Graphics / Vector
From 4.4}}||
| MacDraw II|| Graphics / Vector
From 4.4}}||
| Macintosh Picture FileAbout.Com – PCT File. Retrieved 12 January 2014.| PCT| Graphics| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| MacWrite Pro 1.5|| Document
From 4.1}}||
| MathML| MML| Math| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| MET| MET|| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Excel 2003 XML| XML| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Excel 4/5/95| XLS, XLW, XLT| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}
Up to 3.6}}|
| Microsoft Excel 97–2003| XLS, XLW, XLT| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Excel 2007-2016| XLSX| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Excel Web Query File| IQY| Data sources, text
From 5.4}}| |
| Microsoft Office 2007-2016 Office Open XML| DOCX, XLSX, PPTX| Multiple formats| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Pocket Excel| PXL| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| Requires Java
| Microsoft Pocket Word| PSW| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| Requires Java
| Microsoft PowerPoint 97–2003| PPT, PPS, POT| Presentation| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft PowerPoint 2007-2016| PPTX| Presentation| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Publisher| PUB| Document, DTP
From 4.0}}||
Rich Text Format>Microsoft RTF| RTF| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
Microsoft Word#XML Document (Word 2003)>Microsoft Word 2003 XML (WordprocessingML)| XML| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Word 4/5/6.0/95| DOC, DOT| Document| {{yes}}
| Microsoft Word 97–2003| DOC, DOT| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Word 2007-2016| DOCX| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Word for Mac|| Document
From 4.1}}|| Word 1–5.1
| Microsoft Word for Windows 2.0| DOC, DOT| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Microsoft Works| WPS, WKS, WDB| Multiple
TITLE=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION LAUNCHES LIBREOFFICE 3.3 DATE=25 JANUARY 2011, 16 November 2011, || Microsoft Works for Mac formats since 4.1
| Microsoft Write| WRI| Document
From 5.1}}| {{no}}|
| Microsoft Visio| VSD| Graphics / Vector
| Netpbm format| PGM, PBM, PPM| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| OpenDocument| ODT, FODT, ODS, FODS, ODP, FODP, ODG, FODG, ODF| Multiple formats| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Open Office Base| ODB| Database forms, data| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| XML| SXW, STW, SXC, STC, SXI, STI, SXD, STD, SXM| Multiple formats| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| PCX| PCX| Graphics| {{yes}}||
| Photo CD| PCD| Presentation| {{yes}}||
| PhotoShop| PSD| Graphics| {{yes}}||
| Plain text| TXT| Text| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| Various encodings supported
| Portable Document Format| PDF| Document| {{yes}}| {{yes}}
| Portable Network Graphic| PNG| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| QuarkXPress 3–4| QXP| Document, DTP
| Quattro Pro 6.0| WB2, wq1, wq2| Spreadsheet| {{yes}}||
| RagTime for Mac||
From 4.4}}||
| Scalable vector graphics| SVG| Graphics / Vector| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| SGV| SGV|| {{yes}}||
| Software602 (T602)| 602, TXT| Document| {{yes}}||
| StarOffice StarCalc 3/4/5| SDC, VOR| Spreadsheet
Dropped in 4.0, added back in 5.3}}Up to 3.6}}|
| StarOffice StarDraw/StarImpress| SDA, SDD, SDP, VOR| Presentation
Dropped in 4.0, added back in 5.3}}Up to 3.6}}|
| StarOffice StarMath| SXM| Math
Up to 3.6}}Up to 3.6}}|
| StarOffice StarWriter 3/4/5| SDW, SGL, VOR| Document
Dropped in 4.0, added back in 5.3}}Up to 3.6}}|
| Star Writer graphics| SGF| Graphics| {{yes}}||
BBeB>Broad Band eBook| RLF| eBookFrom 4.4}}||
| SunOS Raster| RAS| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| SVM| SVM| Graphics / Vector| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
SYmbolic LinK (SYLK)>SYLK| SLK| Spreadsheet, file exchange| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Tagged Image File Format| TIF, TIFF| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Truevision TGA (Targa)| TGA| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}||
| Unified Office Format| UOF, UOT, UOS, UOP| Multiple| {{yes}}
| Windows Metafile| WMF| Graphics / Vector, bitmap| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| WordPerfect| WPD| Document| {{yes}}||
| WordPerfect Suite 2000/Office 1.0| WPS| Document| {{yes}}||
| WriteNow 4.0|| Document
From 4.1}}||
| X BitMap| XBM| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}||
| X PixMap| XPM| Graphics / Raster| {{yes}}| {{yes}}|
| Zoner Draw| ZMF| Graphics
From 5.3}}| |

Miscellaneous features

LibreOffice can use the GStreamer multimedia framework in Linux to render multimedia content such as videos in Impress and other programs.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.WEB,weblink Tango style,, 12 September 2008, 16 November 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 September 2015, yes, dmy-all, WEB,weblink 3.0 icons,, 16 November 2011, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 27 July 2011, They were also used on the toolbars and menus by default. 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 also ships with a modified theme which looks native on GTK-based Linux distributions. 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.With version 6.2, LibreOffice includes a Ribbon-style GUI, called Notebookbar, including three different views.WEB,weblink LibreOffice 6.2: Release Notes - The Document Foundation Wiki,, 2019-02-19, This feature has previously been included as an experimental feature in LibreOffice 6 (experimental features must be enabled from LibreOffice settings in order to make the option available in the View menu).WEB,weblink LibreOffice 6.0: Release Notes - The Document Foundation Wiki,, en, 2018-11-23, LibreOffice has a feature similar to WordArt called Fontwork.WEB, Fontwork For Graphical Text Art,weblink LibreOffice,


The LibreOffice project uses a dual LGPLv3 (or later) / MPL 2.0 license for new contributions to allow the license to be upgraded.WEB,weblink Developers, 30 March 2012, The Document Foundation, 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. 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. It was reported that some LibreOffice developers wanted to incorporate some code parts and bug fixes which IBM already fixed in their OpenOffice fork.WEB,weblink 9 February 2013, A discordant symphony,, Jonathan, Corbet, 16 January 2013,

Scripting and extensions

LibreOffice supports third-party extensions.MAILING LIST, Bergmann, Stephan, .oxt, .uno.pkg, .zip,, 7 July 2006,weblink 10 August 2007, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 5 May 2009, {{As of|2017|07}}, the LibreOffice Extension Repository lists more than 320 extensions.WEB,weblink Extensions – LibreOffice Extensions, The Document Foundation, 3 January 2019, Another list is maintained by the Apache Software FoundationWEB,weblink Apache OpenOffice Extensions, Apache OpenOffice, 3 January 2019, and another one by the Free Software Foundation.WEB,weblink Group:OpenOfficeExtensions/List, Free Software Foundation, 3 January 2019, Extensions and scripts for LibreOffice can be written in C++, Java, CLI, Python, and LibreOffice Basic. Interpreters for the latter two are bundled with most LibreOffice installers, so no additional installation is needed. The application programming interface for LibreOffice is called "UNO" and is extensively documented.WEB, LibreOffice API Documentation, The Document Foundation,weblink 26 June 2015,

LibreOffice Basic

LibreOffice Basic is a programming language similar to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) but based on StarOffice Basic. It is available in Writer, Calc and Base. 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.WEB, Bain, Mark Alexander, NewsForge, An introduction to Basic,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 29 October 2007, 3 March 2007,


{{Wide image|StarOffice major derivatives.svg|1100px|A timeline of major derivatives of StarOffice and with LibreOffice in green|center|dir=rtl}}

ooo-build, Go-oo and Oracle

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 foundationWEB,weblink SUN MICROSYSTEMS OPEN SOURCES STAROFFICE TECHNOLOGY, Sun Microsystems, 19 July 2000, 19 January 2012, and put forward a more detailed proposal in 2001.WEB,weblink The Foundation, Sun Microsystems, 4 November 2001, 9 October 2013, 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. It tracked the main line of development and was not intended to constitute a fork.WEB,weblink About ooo-build, Ximian, 18 October 2003, 5 January 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 18 October 2003, It was also the standard build mechanism for in most Linux distributionsWEB,weblink Meek not geek - Interview with Michael Meeks of, Tux Deluxe, Daniel, James, 7 May 2007, 1 October 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 29 September 2013, dmy-all, and was contributed to by said distributions.CONFERENCE,weblink The World of OpenOffice, Michael, Meeks, 21–24 July 2004, Linux Symposium 2004,weblink John W. Lockhart, 2, Proceedings of the Linux Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario, 361–366, PDF, 17 April 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 2 May 2014, 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 2005WEB,weblink ooo-build 1.3.8 Announced, Michael, Meeks,, 28 January 2005, 1 October 2013, ), which included many features not included in upstream Go-oo also encouraged outside contributions, with rules similar to those later adopted for LibreOffice.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 8 December 2013, Healthcheck: OpenOffice: Calling a cat a dog, 4, Richard, Hillesley, The H Open, 29 January 2009, 26 June 2013, Sun's contributions to had been declining for some time,WEB,weblink Michael, Meeks, Stuff Michael Meeks is doing, Measuring the true success of,, 10 October 2008, 5 January 2013, they remained reluctant to accept contributionsWEB,weblink History of Calc Solver, Roundtrip to Shanghai via Tokyo, Kohei, Yoshida, 2 October 2007, 3 January 2013, 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.NEWS,weblink and contributor agreements,, Simon, Phipps, Simon Phipps (programmer), 20 May 2011, 16 June 2013, Sun was purchased by Oracle Corporation in early 2010. community members were concerned by Oracle's behaviour towards open source software,WEB,weblink LibreOffice is Launched, Offering Independence from Oracle, Roy, Schestowitz, TechRights, 28 September 2010, 8 October 2013, the Java lawsuit against GoogleWEB,weblink Could Oracle fracture open source community?, Jack, Wallen, ZDNet, 7 September 2010, 8 October 2013, and Oracle's withdrawal of developersWEB,weblink Die Woche: Bad Company Oracle?, The Week: Bad Company Oracle?, Mirko, Dölle, Heise Open Source, Heinz Heise, German, 4 November 2010, 19 October 2013, Nach der Übernahme von Sun hatte Oracle offenbar etliche Entwickler vom OpenOffice-Projekt abgezogen, was zu empfindlichen Verzögerungen bei der Weiterentwicklung geführt hat. [After the acquisition of Sun, Oracle apparently took several developers off the OpenOffice project, which led to severe delays in development.], and lack of activity on or visible commitment to, as had been noted by industry observersWEB,weblink Don't Count on Oracle to Keep Alive, Katherine, Noyes, PC World Linux Line, 23 August 2010, 12 October 2014, – as Meeks put it in early September 2010, "The news from the Oracle OpenOffice conference was that there was no news."WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 6 December 2013, LibreOffice – A fresh page for OpenOffice, Richard, Hillesley, The H Online, Heinz Heise, 28 September 2010, 7 October 2010, Discussion of a fork started soon after.WEB,weblink OpenOffice-coup al jaren in de maak, Dutch, OpenOffice coup years in the making, Sander, van der Meijs, WebWereld, 30 September 2010, 6 July 2013,

The Document Foundation and LibreOffice

On 28 September 2010, The Document Foundation was announced as the host of LibreOffice, a new derivative of 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.WEB,weblink Community announces The Document Foundation, 9 November 2011, The Document Foundation, 28 September 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2010, NEWS, Collins, Barry, OpenOffice group breaks away from Oracle,weblink PC Pro, 9 November 2011, NEWS, Clarke, Gavin, OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers,weblink The Register, 9 November 2011, NEWS, Paul, Ryan, Document Foundation forks, liberates it from Oracle,weblink Ars Technica, 9 November 2011, 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.WEB,weblink Give up spoon-feeding: Use a fork instead., Charles-H., Schulz, Standards and Freedom (blog), 28 September 2010, 7 October 2013, Go-oo was discontinued in favour of LibreOffice. Since the office suite that was branded "" in most Linux distributions was in fact Go-oo, most moved immediately to LibreOffice.WEB,weblink Michael Meeks talks about LibreOffice and the Document Foundation, 28 September 2010, Jake Edge, Linux Weekly News, Oracle was invited to become a member of The Document Foundation. 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.NEWS, Paul, Ryan, Oracle wants LibreOffice members to leave OOo council,weblink Ars Technica, 23 February 2011,


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.WEB,weblink Christoph, Noack, Agreeing on the child's name ... a simple task?, 3 October 2010, 28 September 2015, Oracle rejected requests to donate the brand to the project.WEB, Community announces The Document Foundation, The Document Foundation, 28 September 2010,weblink 21 October 2010, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 6 September 2011, LibreOffice was initially named BrOffice in Brazil. had been distributed as by the BrOffice Centre of Excellence for Free Software because of a trademark issue.WEB, 29 May 2012, 6 December 2010, TDF Blog, The Document Foundation, LibreOffice development extends to Brazil, Florian, Effenberger,weblink

End of and beginning of Apache OpenOffice

Oracle announced in April 2011 that it was ending its development of and would lay off the majority of its paid developers.NEWS,weblink Oracle gives up on OpenOffice after community forks the project, 19 April 2011, Paul, Ryan, April 2011, Ars Technica, In June 2011, Oracle announcedPRESS RELEASE, Statements on Contribution to Apache, Oracle Corporation, 1 June 2011,weblink 14 October 2011, 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. 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.WEB, Edge, Jake, Mark Shuttleworth on companies and free software,weblink LWN, 7 May 2014, But former Sun executive Simon Phipps denies this is the case:}}In March 2015, an comparison of LibreOffice with its cousin project Apache OpenOffice concluded that "LibreOffice has won the battle for developer participation".NEWS,weblink Development activity in LibreOffice and OpenOffice, 20 June 2015, Jonathan Corbet, 15 March 2015,,

Release history

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3.xo |3.3 beta}}| 28 September and ooo-build; 80,000 downloadsIHLENFELD TITLE=ZWEITE BETA DES OPENOFFICE.ORG-FORKS LIBREOFFICE TRANS-TITLE=SECOND BETA OF OPENOFFICE.ORG-FORK LIBREOFFICE DATE=15 OCTOBER 2010 ACCESSDATE=4 MARCH 2014, thumb|First LibreOffice 3.3 beta: startup center and About box)
  • SVG image import
  • New or improved import filters: Lotus Word Pro, Microsoft Works, WordPerfect. PPTX chart import featureWEB, Brinkmann, Martin, Two days after OpenOffice 4, LibreOffice 4.1 is released,, 25 July 2013,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Bundled extensions, including Presenter View in Impress
  • Colour-coded document icons
  • Load and Save ODF documents in flat XML
  • AutoCorrections match case of the words that AutoCorrect replaces
  • Vastly improved RTF export
  • Embedding of standard PDF fonts
thumb|LibreOffice Calc 3.3)
  • Memory usage improvements
  • Speed and MS Excel compatibility improvements to Calc, redesigned Move/Copy Sheet dialogWEB, The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 3.4.0, The Document Foundation Blog, The Document Foundation, 3 June 2011,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Code cleanup: German comments translated to English, dead code removed
  • Improved GTK+ theme integration and font rendering in Linux.WEB, LibreOffice 3.4 New Features and Fixes, The Document Foundation,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Reduction of LibreOffice's dependence on Java
  • Continuing the transition to GNU Make for building LibreOfficeWEB, Meeks, Michael, LibreOffice is the future of Free Software Office suites, Michael Meeks' blog at,, 9 May 2011,weblink 4 March 2014,
thumbRedesigned Move/Copy Sheet dialog in LibreOffice Calc 3.4)
o |3.5}}| 14 February 2012| New features include:
  • Visio .vsd import
  • A native PostgreSQL driver
  • Java 7 support
  • AES encryption support for ODF file encryption
  • An .msi Windows Installer,WEB, v3.5 release notes, The Document Foundation Wiki, The Document Foundation, 15 February 2014,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Improved Office Open XML supportWEB, Noyes, Katherine, 10 Things to Look Forward to in LibreOffice 3.5, PC World, 23 January 2012,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Introduction of an online update checker.NEWS, Gorman, Michael, LibreOffice updates to version 3.5, brings grammar check, bigger Calc workbooks, and more, Engadget, 14 February 2012,weblink 4 March 2014, By default, this feature is not fully automated.
thumb|LibreOffice Impress 3.5.5)
  • Support for color scales and data bars in Calc
  • Added word count to status bar
  • PDF Export with watermark option
  • 10 new Impress master pages
  • Support for importing Office SmartArt
  • Import Filter for CorelDRAW documents
This was the last version to support the Windows 2000 operating system.
thumb|Libreoffice Math 3.6)
  • Import/export support for native RTF math expressions, import filter for Microsoft Publisher files
  • Support of all versions of Visio filesWEB, LibreOffice 4.0 ReleaseNotes, The Document Foundation, 15 February 2014,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Improved XLSX load time
  • Various DOCX improvements
  • CMIS support
  • Support for Firefox PersonasNEWS, LibreOffice 4.0 RC1 supports Firefox-compatible themes, (The H, The H Open: News and Features), Heinz Heise, 14 January 2013,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 7 December 2013, 4 March 2014, WEB, Holesovsky, Jan (Kendy), LibreOffice 4.0: Use Firefox Personas in your favorite office suite, Artax (Linux server) at the Karlin computer lab, Faculty of Math and Physics, Charles University in Prague, 10 January 2013,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • PDF import, Presenter Console and Python scripting provider now core features
  • Support for comments to text ranges in Writer
thumb|LibreOffice Writer 4.0 with "GNU – I" Persona showing comment set for text range)
  • Sidebar
  • Improved image rotationWEB, Scherschel, Fabian, LibreOffice 4.1.0 Beta 1 arrives with over a thousand changes, The H, The H Open, Heinz Heise, 28 May 2013,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 7 December 2013, 4 March 2014,
  • Gradient backgrounds
  • Embedding fonts in documents
  • Import large HTML documents with more than 64,000 table cells
  • Import/export of charts to ODC files and export to various vector formats
  • OOXML and RTF bugfixes and enhancements,
  • Basic implementation of EMF+ metafiles.
  • Import of legacy Mac text formats (Write Now, MacWrite Pro, AppleWorks)WEB, Strba, Fridrich, LibreOffice import filter for legacy Mac file-formats – smile and say "mwaw"!,, 21 June 2013,weblink 4 March 2014, NEWS, Dj, Walker-Morgan, LibreOffice 4.1's first release candidate arrives, The H, Heinz Heise, 24 June 2013,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 7 December 2013, 4 March 2014,
  • Layout via Core Text for OSX and HarfBuzz for Linux
thumb|LibreOffice 4.1.5, showing sidebar and text frame with gradient background)
o |4.2}}| 30 January 2014| New features include:The Document Foundation: LibreOffice 4.2 ReleaseNotes.
  • Calc performance improvementsWEB, Shared formula to reduce memory usage,, 15 August 2013,weblink 4 March 2014, and OpenCL for calculations via the graphics cardNEWS, Larabel, Michael, LibreOffice Lands A Ton of GPU OpenCL Functions, Phoronix, 29 October 2013,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • Start Center with file lists
  • New set of monochrome icons, "Sifr"
  • Import filter for Apple Keynote and AbiWord filesWEB, AbiWord Import filter,, 13 January 2014,weblink 4 March 2014,
  • IAccessible2 (IA2) in Windows version
  • Embedded Firebird database engine for Base (experimental)
thumb|LibreOffice 4.2.1, showing a character border and Sifr icons in the interface)
  • Brand new drawingML-based DOCX import/export filter for shapes and TextFrames
  • Improved PDF import
  • Improved handling of Microsofts's Office Open XML format
  • Non-printing characters are displayed in a different color
  • Paragraphs in Writer can now be over 65,536 characters (up to 2 GB)
  • The default icon set has been updated
  • Toolbar background is now rendered natively on Mac OS X
  • Comments can be printed in the margins
  • Data fields in Calc pivot tables can now be set to columns
  • Presentations can have OpenGL 3D objects
thumb|LibreOffice 4.3 showing the updated tango icon set)
o |4.4}}| 29 January 2015|New features include:WEB,weblink Libreoffice 4.4 Release Notes, The Document Foundation Wiki, The Document Foundation,
  • Sidebar now enabled by default in Writer, Calc and Draw
  • Possibility of connection directly to OneDrive and SharePoint 2010/2013 directly from LibreOffice
  • Allowing Draw to import Adobe PageMaker files
  • The ability to digitally sign PDF files in Windows
  • Toolbar buttons in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw have been reorganized and improved
  • New color selector:
    • Shows recently used document colors
    • Support for different color palettes and for .gpl GIMP palette format
    • Allows directly opening the color picker and choose another color
  • Added the ability to import files from MacDraw, MacDraw II and RagTime for Mac (v. 2–3) in Draw and Writer
  • Firefox Themes improvements
  • Added new fonts: Caladea and Carlito
thumb|LibreOffice Writer 4.4)
5.xo |5.0}} DATE=29 JULY 2015, 3 August 2015, |New features include:WEB, LibreOffice 5.0 Release Notes, The Document Foundation Wiki, The Document Foundation, 4 December 2015,weblink 23 December 2015, Writer:
  • Sidebar previews styles as formatted (pictured);
  • Emoji support in 22 languages, including shortcodes for symbols and numerous other replacements; :keyboard: becomes ⌨
  • Images can be cropped;
  • Text highlighting and shading compatible with MS Word;
  • Improved import of comments (annotations) for text ranges in binary .doc files;
  • Equations in early RTF and DOC formats imported as editable math objects;
  • Apple Pages '09 or older import.
  • Added UI to conditional formatting;
  • Improvements to scientific formatting of cells;
  • Import of Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk3 and .wk4), Quattro Pro (.wq1 and .wq2), and Apple Numbers '09 or earlier (basic spreadsheets for Numbers).
  • Equations and their parts can be given 15 basic colors ((:File:LibreOffice 5.0.3 Math w. equation in Knoppix 7.2.png|see picture)).
  • Import of MacDraft (v1) and ClarisDraw files.
Core and filters:
  • When e-mailing, maintain document invisible content;
  • PDF export supports Time-Stamp Protocol (RFC 3161);
  • MS Works import: Add dialog to ask for text encoding;
  • Support for Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) color palettes;
  • LibreOffice Expert Configuration now searchable.
thumb|LibreOffice Writer 5.0 in Estonian showing style previews in Sidebar. Note the expanded icon set.The selected icon theme is Sifr.)
  • A Styles menu has been added to the main menus.
  • A Sheet menu has been added to the main menus.
  • A Slide menu has been added to the main menus.
  • The Math module now has a new item "Import MathML from Clipboard".
Core and filters:
  • Support Unicode character input with {{key press|Alt|X}} on Windows
  • PNG export in Writer, Calc and Impress;
  • Import of the following formats supported: Gnumeric, Microsoft Write, Apple Keynote 6
thumb|LibreOffice Writer 5.1 showing the flat Breeze icon set, reorganised items in sidebar, whitespace hiding in the document, and the 'Always correct to' spellcheck submenu.)
  • New drawing tools
  • New button for showing/hiding track changes toolbar
  • Single Toolbar Mode
  • New drawing tools
  • Pressing {{key press|Shift|Return}} in the multiline input to insert a new line
  • Single Toolbar Mode
  • Option to delete border from adjacent cells too in the borders tab of "Format Cells" dialog
  • Freeze Rows and Columns button became a split button and added "Freeze First Row" and "Freeze first Column" options in that button
  • Extensive function tooltips
  • Quick access to slide and page properties in a new 'Slide' and 'Page' content panel in the 'Properties' sidebar tab
  • Exporting to PDF only notes pages
  • Better import of DOCX and RTF linked graphic into LibreOffice Writer
  • Microsoft Word for DOS files can be imported
  • Print to File available within the list of printers in Print dialog
  • Video clips, charts and OLE objects will resize proportionately by default
  • Improved resizing behavior for images, videos and OLE objects
  • Simplification of Character spacing
  • "Save as Template" is now available in the Save toolbar button dropdown
  • Added Find Previous button
  • Added Icon View and buttons for switching between modes at Remote Files dialog, as well as supporting Google Drive's Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
  • New user interface for Template Manager
  • New dialog for quickly jump to another page
  • Implement table styles
  • New drawing tools for arrows
  • A toolbar button for small capitals
  • New drawing tools for arrows
  • Improve saving WEEKNUM field behavior to ODF
  • New options for fraction number formats
  • Median is added to functions available in pivot tables
  • New option for merging non empty cells
  • Images inserted via Photo Album can be linked in the document
  • Slide properties content panel in sidebar for master slide mode
  • Opening Template Selector at startup
  • New arrow endings, including Crow's foot notation's ones.
  • Upgrade Firebird to version 3.0.0
Text Layout:
  • New cross-platform text layout engine that uses HarfBuzz for consistent text layout on all platforms, also improved text layout on macOS and Windows.
  • Improved and consistent calculation of inter-line spacing across platforms
  • Enable vertical "left to right" block direction for traditional Mongolian and Manchu
  • Multiple improvements in OpenXML, PDF and DOC filters
  • StarOffice StarWriter, StarCalc and StarDraw/StarImpress files can again be imported
  • Revamped the Extension Manager dialog
  • Redesign of the Colors, Gradients, Hatching and Bitmap tabs and the addition of a Pattern tab
  • Introduction of the Page Deck in the sidebar in Writer
  • Added "Import Bitmap" functionality to the Area Content Panel found in the Properties deck
  • Added Styles Preview checkbox functionality to the Styles & Formatting Sidebar Deck
  • Introduction of the new "Media Playback Panel" found in Properties deck when Media is selected
  • Introduction of the "Default Shapes Panel" in the new Shapes Deck for Draw
  • First source code release of LibreOffice Online
Experimental features:
  • Added four toolbar modes to make it easy for users to switch the visible toolbars|
o |5.4}} DATE=28 JULY 2017, 30 July 2017, WORK=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION WIKI ACCESSDATE=30 JULY 2017, Writer:
  • Importing AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates
  • Preserving full structure of numbered and bulleted lists while exporting or pasting them as plain text
  • Creating custom watermarks via Format menu
  • New context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles
  • Adding support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables. When the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well.
  • Menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments
  • Priority of conditional formatting rules can be changed with new up/down buttons
  • Extra sheet protection options have been added, to optionally allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns
  • CSV export settings are now remembered
Impress & Draw:
  • Allowing specify fractional angles while duplicating an object
  • A new standard colour palette has been included, based on the RYB colour model
  • Support OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents on Linux
  • Added support for ECDSA keys on Linux and macOS
  • Signature status showing with colored infobars
  • File format compatibility has been improved with better support for EMF vector images
  • Using PDFium to render imported PDF files
  • Responsive design and read-only mode for the document iframe added
  • Performance and rendering improvements
This was the last version to support the Windows XP and Vista operating system.WEB,weblink LibreOffice 6.0: Release Notes, January 31, 2018, April 13, 2018, |
  • Add Form menu in menubar
  • Input field behavior improves
  • Implement rotation of images to any angle
  • Use ODT and XLSX files as mail merge data source
  • New default table style
  • "Grammar By" spell checking
  • Expert cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) to PNG or JPG
  • The text/plain Unformatted text format results in unquoted/unescaped content as expected for external pastes
  • Added "Paste unformatted text" command
  • New command to select unprotected cells on protected or unprotected sheet
  • Lock symbol to mark protected sheet
  • Added three new ODFF1.2 compliant functions
  • English syntax keywords for number format
  • "Styles" entry in the main menu
  • Better UI for handling layer attributes
  • Added 10 new Impress templates
  • Slide format defaulting to 16:9 screen
Core and filters:
  • Addition of Noto fonts and some additional Arabic and Hebrew fonts
  • Cross platform support for OpenPGP document signing and encryption
  • TSCP-based classification for ODF and OOXML formats
  • Option to save images modified in place
  • Visualization of borders for tables
  • New filters to import from QuarkXPress 3–4 and expert to EPUB
  • Various improvements to OOXML, EMF+, ODF, XHTML, Adobe Freehand, Pagemaker, publisher, Visio, FictionBook, Abiword, Apple Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Quattro Pro filters
  • Insert Special Characters button become drop-down list, Special characters dialog was also reworked
  • Added elementary icon theme
  • Reworked Customize dialog
  • Added Groupedbar Full and Tabbed Compact interfaces|
o |6.1}}DATE=8 AUGUST 2018, 9 August 2018, PUBLISHER=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION'S WIKI, 9 August 2018, Writer:
  • Multiple improves for Ruby characters
  • Support generating signature line via Insert menu
  • Add localized settings for tab scopes and caption order
  • Multiple improves to EPUB export
  • Sorting images anchored to Calc cells
  • Added New Page menu item
  • HSQLDB database engine is still used by default, but Firebird engine is used by default when experimental mode is turned on.
Core / General:
  • New default order for Traditional and Simplified Chinese fonts
  • Reworked Areafill backgrounds
  • New RYB Standard palette, based on Itten RYB color ring theory providing Red, Yellow, Blue primaries
  • New set of default gradients
  • New application icons
  • Colibre and Karasa Jaga icon themes added|
co |6.2}}DATE=7 FEBRUARY 2019, 26 February 2019, PUBLISHER=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION'S WIKI, 26 February 2019, Writer:
  • Copy and paste spreadsheet data directly in an existing table
  • UTF-8 and UTF-16 text file can be saved without byte order mark (BOM)
  • Support Signature Line in the spreadsheet
  • Data Validation supports custom formulas
  • Do multivariate regression analysis via regression tool
  • Add the REGEX function to match or replace text with regular expression
Impress and Draw:
  • Multiple improvements on animation
  • Add a couple of text related drawing styles
  • Add Table submenu to menu Format in Draw
  • Embedded Firebird database engine becomes available in public
  • Firebird Migration Assistant creates a backup copy of content for migration
  • MySQL C++ connector is replaced with MariaDB C connector
  • Add fully support for Firebird RDBMS
Core / General:
  • Signing Signature Lines with an image of handwritten signature
  • Add Source Serif Pro font
  • Add support for exporting OOXML gradient, bitmap and pattern properties for chart
  • Implement OOXML agile encryption
  • Notebookbar becomes available in public
  • Add three SVG based icons styles
  • Added Minimum and Maximum labels for some conditions in Conditional formatting dialog
  • Add a dialog to switch font feature|
c |6.3}}DATE=8 AUGUST 2019, 10 August 2019, PUBLISHER=THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION'S WIKI, 10 August 2019, Writer:
  • AutoCorrect exception list function has been extended to avoid auto-capitalization in words like mRNA, iPhone, fMRI
  • Add "Send Outline to Clipboard" button to Navigator → Context Menu
  • New bottom-to-top, left-to-right writing direction in table cells and text frames
  • Support importing charts from DOCX drawingML group shapes
  • New interface add Word form controls
  • New UNO API to let cell anchored graphics resize with the cell
  • New Russian ruble currency symbol (₽) to currency formats
  • New drop-down widget into formula bar instead old tool Sum
  • New checkbox to trim input range to the actual data content
  • Add With replacement and Keep order checkboxes for Sampling
  • FOURIER() function to computes discrete Fourier transform [DFT] of an input array
Impress and Draw:
  • Various improves for importing SmartArt from PPTX files
  • Firebird Migration Assistant is enabled by default
  • Add palette selection to options charts default colors
  • Introduce attributes harpoon and wideharpoon for an alternative representation of vectors
Core / General:
  • LibreOffice TWAIN module can works on both 32-bit and 64-bit on Windows
  • New UNO command to insert narrow no-break space via keyboard shortcut
  • Tip-Of-The-Day dialog shows useful information once per day on startup
  • What's-New infobar pointing to the release notes after update
  • Sentence selection (triple click) is available for keyboard customization
  • Support redacting documents
  • Various improves on EMF+, PDF and OOXML filters
  • Tabbed Compact UI is available in public
  • Contextual Single UI is available in public|
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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).WEB
, Simon Phipps
, LibreOffice Gets Fresh and Stable
, ComputerworldUK
, 13 March 2014
, 2 April 2014
, The versions are designated to signal their appropriateness for differing user requirements.WEB, Release Notes,weblink The Document Foundation, 16 February 2018, Releases are designated by three numbers separated by dots. The first two numbers represent the major version (branch) number, and the final number indicates the bugfix releases made in that series. LibreOffice designates the two release versions as:
  • "Fresh" – the most recent major version (branch), which contains the latest enhancements but which may have introduced bugs not present in the "still" release.
  • "Still" (formerly "Stable") – the previous 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.

Release schedule

LibreOffice uses a time-based release schedule for predictability, rather than a "when it's ready" schedule. New major versions are released around every six months, in January or February and July or August of each year. The initial intention was to release in March and September, to align with the schedule of other free software projects.WEB
, Release Plan
, The Document Foundation Wiki
, 25 March 2011
, Minor bugfix versions of the "fresh" and "still" release branches are released frequently.

Users and deployments

(File:LibreOffice weekly downloads.svg|thumb|LibreOffice weekly downloads since 2010.){{Graph:Chart|width=400|height=200|type=rect|x=2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018|y=25, 75, 100, 120, 200|showValues=offset:4}}The figure shows the wordwide number of LibreOffice users from 2011 to 2018 in millions. References are in the text. 2011: The Document Foundation estimated in September 2011, that there were 10 million users worldwide who had obtained LibreOffice via downloads or CD-ROMs. Over 90% of those were on Windows, with another 5% on OS X. LibreOffice is the default office suite for most Linux distributions, and is installed when the operating system is installed or updated. 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. This gave a total estimated user base of 25 million users in 2011.WEB, The Document Foundation celebrates its first anniversary, The Document Foundation Blog, 28 September 2011,weblink 28 September 2011, In 2011, the Document Foundation set a target of 200 million users worldwide before the end of 2020.2013: In September 2013, after two years, the estimated number of LibreOffice users was 75 million.WEB, Watch out Microsoft, Collabora is bringing value added LibreOffice, Muktware, September 2013,weblink 4 January 2014, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 29 July 2014, A million new unique IP addresses check for downloads each week.WEB, Meeks, Michael, The spreadsheet is dead. Long live the spreadsheet!,weblink Hexus, 7 May 2014, 2015: In 2015, LibreOffice was used by 100 million users and 18 governments.WEB, Updated LibreOffice growth infographic (2015) – Collabora Productivity, Collabora Productivity,weblink 2016-02-21, en-US, 2016: In August 2016, the number of LibreOffice users was estimated at 120 million.WEB, LibreOffice 5.2 includes classified documents and a streamlined interface,weblink PCWorld, 1 March 2017, 2018: The Document Foundation estimated in 2018 that there are 200 million active LibreOffice users worldwide. About 25% of them are students and 10% Linux users (who automatically receive LibreOffice through their distribution).WEB, LibreOffice: A history of document freedom,weblink 2019-03-03, 25 Sep 2018 Don WatkinsFeed 87up 7 comments, en, In comparison, Microsoft Office was used in 2018 by 1.2 billion users.WEB, There are now 1.2 billion Office users and 60 million Office 365 commercial customers,weblink 2019-03-03, 2016-03-31, en,

Mass deployments

LibreOffice has seen various mass deployments since its inception:2003–2010
  • 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.WEB, de Lima, Francival Rodrigues, Histórico do no SERPRO, Portuguese, PDF,,weblink 26 July 2013,
  • In 2005, the French Gendarmerie announced its migration to, Guillemin, Christophe, La gendarmerie nationale passe à OpenOffice, French, ZDNet France,weblink 3 May 2014, It planned to migrate 72,000 desktop machines to a customised version of Ubuntu with LibreOffice by 2015.NEWS, Finley, Klint, French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux, Wired, September 2013,weblink 3 May 2014,
  • 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.WEB, Limerick city council increasingly turning to open source, European Union, 19 March 2012,weblink 12 February 2013,
  • The administrative authority of the ÃŽle-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.NEWS,weblink 9 May 2012, ZDNet, LibreOffice expands users and reach, Stephen, Shankland, 18 October 2011,
  • It was announced that thirteen hospitals of the Copenhagen region would gradually switch to LibreOffice, affecting "almost all of the 25,000 workers".WEB,weblink 12 February 2013, European Union, DK: 25,000 hospital staff Copenhagen region to use open source office suite, 18 August 2011,
  • 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.WEB,weblink 12 February 2013, European Union, Greek municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis migrating to LibreOffice, 30 April 2012,
  • In July, the Spanish city of Las Palmas switched its 1,200 PCs to using LibreOffice, citing cost savings of €400,000.WEB,weblink 12 February 2013, European Union, Spain's Las Palmas' moves 1200 PCs to LibreOffice, 20 July 2012,
  • The administration of Umbria, Italy, started a project to migrate an initial group of 5,000 civil workers to LibreOffice.WEB,weblink Administration of the Italian region Umbria moving to LibreOffice, 2 October 2012, Joinup, European Union, 12 February 2013,
  • The city of Largo, Florida, US has been a long-time userWEB,weblink City of Largo, Florida - Infrastructure Division,, 27 February 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 15 March 2012, yes, dmy-all, of open-source software using Linux thin clients. Originally using, the city of Largo switched to LibreOffice in 2013.WEB,weblink LibreOffice Office Suite: Microsoft Losing International Ground To Open Source Migrations,, 24 November 2012, 27 February 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 21 February 2013, dmy-all,
  • 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.NEWS,weblink South Tyrol government to standardise on LibreOffice, 21 June 2013, 23 June 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 8 December 2013, Edward, Henning, The H Open, Heinz Heise,
  • 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.WEB,weblink Valencia region government completes switch to LibreOffice, 22 August 2013, 4 January 2014, Gijs, Hillenius, Joinup,
  • 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.WEB,weblink Mayor of Munich: "EU laptops should have LibreOffice or OpenOffice" – Joinup, Europa (web portal), NEWS,weblink Munich shifts to LibreOffice, 17 October 2013, ITworld, 2 February 2014, The city of Munich is the second public administration to join the advisory board at the Document Foundation.WEB,weblink
Munich 2nd public administration in Libreoffice NGO, 13 January 2015, 15 February 2016, News appeared in 2014 that the Council is considering migrating back to Microsoft Windows & Microsoft OfficeNEWS,weblink After a 10-year Linux migration, Munich considers switching back to Windows and Office, 18 August 2014, ZDNet, 2 February 2017, but was later denied.NEWS,weblink Munich Linux councillor: 'We didn't propose a switch back to Windows', 28 August 2015, The Inquirer, 2 February 2017, Based on a study, the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, initiated the re-investigation of the scenario of migrating back to Microsoft systems.NEWS,weblink Externes IT Gutachten, Untersuchung der IT der Landeshauptstadt München (LHM), Accenture, 15 February 2017, The trustworthiness of the study is questionable because the company has been "Microsoft's Alliance Partner of the Year" for nine years.NEWS,weblink Accenture and Avanade Named Microsoft 2016 Alliance Partner of the Year, Accenture, 15 February 2017, Further details were issued by the Document Foundation.NEWS,weblink Statement by The Document Foundation about the upcoming discussion at the City of Munich to step back to Windows and MS Office, Vignoli, Italo, 14 February 2017, The Document Foundation, 2 May 2019, 2014
  • The French city of Toulouse announced it saved €1 million by migrating thousands of workstations to LibreOffice.WEB,weblink Toulouse saves 1 million euro with LibreOffice, Chausson, Cyrille, 23 July 2014, Joinup, European Union,weblink 6 October 2014, yes, 2 May 2019, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Moving to LibreOffice saves Toulouse 1 million, Hillenius, Gijs, 23 July 2014, Joinup, European Union,weblink 2 May 2019, no, 2 May 2019,
  • The Italian Ministry of Defence announced that it would install LibreOffice on 150,000 PCs.NEWS, Hillenius, Gijs, Italian military to switch to LibreOffice and ODF,weblink 15 September 2015, Joinup, European Open Source Observatory, 15 September 2015,
  • The Italian city of Bari replaced Microsoft Office with LibreOffice on its 1,700 PCs.NEWS, Innovating in a time of budget cuts: Why the city of Bari swapped Microsoft for open source,weblink 23 September 2015, ZDNet, 21 September 2015,
  • LibreOffice was officially made available for all UK Government agencies nationwide.WEB, LibreOffice officially made available for all UK Government agencies nationwide,weblink OCS-Mag, 28 October 2015, Annual cost saving on a subscription for 6,500 users compared to MS Office is approximately 900,000 GBP.WEB, Document interoperability expert: "Make ODF the default",weblink Joinup collaboration platform, 21 October 2017, European Commission, 18 October 2017,
  • 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.WEB, Nantes: "Change management key to switch to free software",weblink 15 February 2015,
  • 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.WEB, Free software group French ministries extends scope,weblink 15 February 2016, The MIMO working group was the first public administration to join the advisory board at the Document Foundation.WEB, The Document Foundation welcomes France's MIMO in the Advisory Board,weblink 15 February 2016,
  • The Taiwanese county of Yilan would purchase no more Microsoft Office licenses and turned to ODF and LibreOffice.WEB,weblink 確實執行訂立目標,宜蘭縣政府成功導入開源文書軟體,, 15 October 2017,
  • The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group switched all of its PCs (more than 15,000) to LibreOffice.NEWS, VNPT chuyển sang dùng phần mềm văn phòng nguồn mở LibreOffice, VNPT switched to LibreOffice open source office software,weblink 31 July 2017, 3 March 2016,
  • Lithuanian police switched to LibreOffice on over 8,000 workstations, citing cost savings of €1 million.WEB,weblink Lithuanian police switched to LibreOffice, Hillenius, Gijs, 11 August 2016, Joinup, European Union,weblink 19 January 2019, no, 2 May 2019,
  • 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.WEB, Majority of towns in Wallonia now use open source,weblink Joinup collaboration platform, 21 October 2017, European Commission, 5 May 2017,
  • 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.NEWS, Galicia continues promotion of free software,weblink 5 August 2017, 23 May 2017,
  • 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.WEB, City of Rome is getting ready for open source,weblink Joinup collaboration platform, 21 October 2017, European Commission, 6 October 2017,


Starting in 2011, The Document Foundation has organized the annual LibreOffice Conference, as follows:
  • 2011 â€“ Paris, France â€“ 12–15 OctoberWEB,weblink LibreOffice conference - Open Document,, 20 September 2012,
  • 2012 â€“ Berlin, Germany â€“ 17–19 OctoberWEB,weblink Welcome â€“ LibreOffice Conference,, 4 August 2013,
  • 2013 â€“ Milano, Italy â€“ 24–27 SeptemberWEB,weblink Welcome â€“ LibreOffice Conference,, 4 August 2013,
  • 2014 â€“ Bern, Switzerland â€“ 3–5 SeptemberWEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2014 Call for Paper, The Document Foundation, 5 March 2014, 8 March 2014, WEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2014 in Bern, Switzerland, The Document Foundation, 10 March 2017,
  • 2015 â€“ Aarhus, Denmark â€“ 23–25 SeptemberWEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, from September 23 to September 25, 2015, The Document Foundation, 17 October 2014, 2 November 2014, WEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, The Document Foundation, 10 March 2017,
  • 2016 â€“ Brno, Czech Republic â€“ 7–9 SeptemberWEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2016 in Brno (Czech Republic), The Document Foundation, 12 October 2015, 11 October 2016, WEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2016 in Brno, Czech Republic, The Document Foundation, 10 March 2017,
  • 2017 â€“ Rome, Italy â€“ 11–13 OctoberWEB,weblink LibreOffice Conference 2017 in Rome – register now!, The Document Foundation, 12 July 2017, 31 July 2017, WEB,weblinkweblink yes, 14 July 2018, LibreOffice Conference 2017, Rome Italy, The Document Foundation, 31 July 2017,
  • 2018 â€“ Tirana, Albania â€“ 26–28 SeptemberWEB,weblink LibOCon 2019 Call for Location, The Document Foundation, 5 March 2018, 5 March 2018,
  • 2019 â€“ Almería, Spain â€“ 11–13 SeptemberWEB,weblink Announcing the dates of LibOCon Almeria, The Document Foundation, 13 February 2019, 17 February 2019,


  • Collabora supplies branded and customised LibreOffice versions LibreOffice Vanilla for Mac,WEB, Tuke, Sam, LibreOffice Vanilla: Fresh from the community to your Mac,weblink Collabora Productivity, Collabora Productivity, 15 January 2016, GovOffice, Collabora Office, Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE)WEB, Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE), Collabora,weblink 5 February 2017, and Collabora Online.WEB, Collabora Online, Collabora,weblink 5 February 2017,
  • EuroOffice is a derivative of LibreOffice with free and non-free extensions developed by Hungarian-based MultiRacio Ltd.WEB,weblink Két magyar egyetemen is elérhetÅ‘ az EuroOffice, EuroOffice available in two Hungarian universities, Dajkó, Pál, 28 May 2015, 14 October 2015, ITcafé, WEB,weblink EuroOffice homepage, MultiRacio Ltd., 4 May 2019,
  • "LibreOffice powered by CIB" is a branded and customized version of LibreOffice developed by Germany-based CIB software GmbH.WEB, LibreOffice Powered by CIB,weblink 9 July 2017, WEB, CIB-sponsored LibreOffice developer meeting,weblink 22 October 2015, 9 July 2017,
  • "NDC ODF Application Tools" is a derivative of LibreOffice provided by the Taiwan National Development Council (NDC) and used by public agencies in Taiwan.WEB,weblink Taiwanese government standardises on true ODF document format, Joinup collaboration platform, European Commission, 28 October 2018, 2 August 2019,
  • NeoOffice 2017 and later versions are based on LibreOffice.WEB,weblink NeoOffice 2017 Beta Professional Edition released, 2 May 2017, Pluby,, 10 May 2017, Previous versions included stability fixes from LibreOffice.WEB,weblink Mac App Store complaints, 7 November 2013, pluby,, 25 December 2013,
  • OxOffice is a derivative of LibreOffice (originally a derivative of OpenOffice.orgWEB,weblink Openoffice.org與OxOffice, and OxOffice, iT邦, 15 October 2010, 14 October 2015, ) with enhanced support for the Chinese language.WEB,weblink OSSII OxOffice Community Edition download, SourceForge, 4 May 2019,

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