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This is a collection of utility programs written in Python to manipulate OpenDocument 1.2 files.

How to proceed: Each application has its own directory. In there, look at the manual pages. The Python-based tools need the odf library. Just make a symbolic link like this: ln -s ../odf odf ... or type: make

For your own use of the odf library, see api-for-odfpy.odt


First you get the package.

$ git clone

Then you can build and install the library for Python2 and Python3:

$ python build
$ python3 build
$ su
# python install
# python3 install

The library is incompatible with PyXML.


Install tox via pip when running the tests for the first time:

$ pip install tox

Run the tests for all supported python versions:

$ tox


This project, with the exception of the OpenDocument schemas, are Copyright (C) 2006-2014, Daniel Carrera, Alex Hudson, Søren Roug, Thomas Zander, Roman Fordinal, Michael Howitz and Georges Khaznadar.

It is distributed under both GNU General Public License v.2 or (at your option) any later version or APACHE License v.2. See GPL-LICENSE-2.txt and APACHE-LICENSE-2.0.txt.

The OpenDocument RelaxNG Schemas are Copyright © OASIS Open 2005. See the schema files for their copyright notice.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


  • html2odf Alex Hudson has been contracted to produce a command-line html2odf converter. It should include support for images, tables, CSS, etc. He will provide a C# version first, and later a C version.

  • odf2pdf A valuable tool, but one that is hard to do. PDF is an immensely popular format, but it's tricky to make PDFs. With an odf2pdf tool available, many developers would use ODF purely for the purpose of generating a PDF later. The latest idea is to hire KOffice developers and get them to trim down KOffice into a converter.

  • pdf2odf This conversion is less likely to produce good results, but it might be worth a shot. Poppler is a pdf library that can convert PDF into XML. Maybe we can convert that XML to ODF.

  • odfclean A command-line program that removes unused automatic styles, metadata and track-changes. Some companies might like to send all out-going files through odfclean to remove any information they don't want others to see.

  • odf2xliff Create XLIFF extraction and merge application. XLIFF is a OASIS file for translations. You extract the text strings, send them to the translator and then import them. It allows you to work on the document in the meantime and only retranslate the changed parts.

  • odfdiff A program that can generate a diff between two ODF files. Useful for SVN commit messages. This is very difficult to do. But see:

  • odfsign Sign and verify the signature(s) of an ODF document.

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