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Apache ODF Toolkit
The Apache ODF Toolkit (incubating) is a set of Java modules that allow programmatic
creation, scanning and manipulation of Open Document Format (ISO/IEC 26300 == ODF)
documents. Unlike other approaches which rely on runtime manipulation of heavy-weight
editors via an automation interface, the ODF Toolkit is lightweight and ideal for
server use.
It's an incubator project of the Apache Software Foundation <>.
The ODF Toolkit consists of four subcomponents:
1. ODFDOM (odfdom-java-*.jar)
This is an Open Document Format (ODF) framework. Its purpose is to provide
an easy, common way to create, access and manipulate ODF files, without
requiring detailed knowledge of the ODF specification. It is designed to
provide the ODF developer community with an easy, lightweight programming API
portable to any object-oriented language.
2. Simple API (simple-odf-*.jar)
The Simple Java API for ODF is an easy-to-use, high-level Java API
for creating, modifying and extracting data from ODF 1.2 documents.
It is written in pure Java and does not require that you install any
document editor on your system. The Simple Java API for ODF is a high
level abstraction of the lower-level ODFDOM API
3. ODF Validator (odfvalidator-*.war)
This is a tool that validates Open Document Format (ODF) files and checks them
for conformance according to the ODF Standard. ODF Validator is available as an
online service and as a command line tool. This page primarily describes the
command line tool. Please visit web page:
for details regarding the online tool.
4. ODF XSLT Runner(xslt-runner-*.jar, xslt-runner-task-*.jar)
ODF XSLT Runner is a small Java application that allows you to apply XSLT
stylesheets to XML streams included in ODF packages without extracting them
from the package. It can be used from the command line. A driver to use it
within an Ant build file, ODF XSLT Runner Task, is also available.
Getting Started
The ODF Toolkit is based on Java 5 and uses the Maven 2 <>
build system. To build ODF Toolkit, use the following command in this directory:
mvn clean install
The simplest way to use these modules are just put the jars files in your classpath
directly. If you are not using maven you can see the versions of the major components for
your release in CHANGES.txt.
The Home Page for the ODF Toolkit:
ODFDOM Getting Start Guide:
Simple API Getting Start Guide:
Simple API Cookbook:
Simple API Demos:
Simple API Online JavaDoc:
ODF Validator Getting Start Guide:
ODF XSLT Runner Getting Start Guide:
License (see also LICENSE.txt)
Collective work: Copyright 2011-2014 The Apache Software Foundation.
Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one or more
contributor license agreements. See the NOTICE file distributed with
this work for additional information regarding copyright ownership.
The ASF licenses this file to You under the Apache License, Version 2.0
(the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with
the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.
Apache ODF Toolkit includes a number of subcomponents with separate copyright
notices and license terms. Your use of these subcomponents is subject to
the terms and conditions of the licenses listed in the LICENSE.txt file.
Mailing Lists
Discussion about ODF Toolkit takes place on the following mailing lists:
Development Mailing List
Post (after subscription):
(1) Markmail -
(2) Apache -
Users Mailing List
Post (after subscription):
Notification on all code changes are sent to the following mailing list:
The mailing lists are open to anyone and publicly archived.
Issue Tracker
If you encounter errors in ODF Toolkit or want to suggest an improvement or
a new feature, please visit the ODF Toolkit issue tracker at There you can also find the
latest information on known issues and recent bug fixes and enhancements.
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