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The ODF Toolkit

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The ODF Toolkit 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.

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 (deprecated) - (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 the ODF Validator documentation for details.

  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.

People interested should follow the mail list to track progress.

Getting Started

The ODF Toolkit is based on Java (tested with JDK 11) and uses the Maven 3 build system. To build ODF Toolkit, use the following command in this directory:

mvn clean install

Recent Releases

  1. We have a release 0.12.0 using >=JDK 11 for ODF 1.2- Mainly maintenance updating the dependenciy versions
    RELEASE (0.12.0):

For more details see the release notes.
NOTE: The prior 0.11.0 release was doing a full refactoring of the ODFDOM code generation and containing updates to the new collaboration API.


Mailing Lists

Discussion about ODF Toolkit takes place on the following mailing lists:

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. There you can also find the latest information on known issues and recent bug fixes and enhancements.


The 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 file. Copyright ownership information can be found in NOTICE.