Apache OpenOffice

free and open-source office suite

Apache OpenOffice is a free open source office suite that. It is one of the office suites that started from OpenOffice.org and was a close cousin of LibreOffice and NeoOffice in 2014. It is available for many different operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS. It is an alternative to similar office suites, like Microsoft Office.

Apache OpenOffice
Developer(s)Apache Software Foundation
Initial release8 May 2012 (2012-05-08)[1]
Written inC++ and Java
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
PlatformIA-32 and x86-64
Available incurrent version: 20 languages[2]
TypeOffice suite
LicenseApache License 2.0 (Apache OpenOffice 3.4 and later) and other weak copyleft licenses[3]



In January 2010, Oracle Corporation bought Sun Microsystems, which developed OpenOffice.org until that point. In September 2010, a large part of the developers created The Document Foundation and forked the project into the new LibreOffice project because, among other reasons, they were not certain if the development would be successful under Oracle management. In April 2011, Oracle stopped development of OpenOffice.org and laid off the remaining development team. A few months later, it donated the existing source code and trademarks to the Apache Foundation, which released the first version of Apache OpenOffice.

In the first years of the project, IBM had people working on the project. After IBM stopped the support in 2014,[4] it lacks people and has only released minor versions since then.[5] In 2016, the project discussed the option to discontinue the project, because of security issues that were not fixed in time.[6][7][8]

  Writer A word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages.
  Calc A spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.
  Impress A presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files, and the ability to read Microsoft PowerPoint's .ppt format. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.[9][10][11]
  Base A database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base may be used as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Native to the OpenOffice.org suite is an adaptation of HSQL. While ooBase can be a front-end for any of the databases listed, there is no need for any of them to be installed.
  Draw A vector graphics editor comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It features versatile "connectors" between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It has similar features to Desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.
  Math A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other OpenOffice.org documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF.


  1. ""The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache OpenOffice 3.4". Retrieved 16 August 2023.
  2. "Announcing Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1". Apache Foundation. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  3. "Licenses & Copyrights". Apache Software Foundation. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  4. Byfield, Bruce (30 September 2014). "LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and rumors of unification". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  5. Claburn, Thomas (10 October 2018). "Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside". The Register. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  6. "Contemplating the possible retirement of Apache OpenOffice". LWN.net. 2 September 2016.
  7. "Apache diskutiert über Ende von OpenOffice". Heise.de (in German). 2 September 2016.
  8. Bantle, Ulrich (2 September 2016). "Apache denkt über Ende von Openoffice nach » Linux-Magazin". Linux-Magazin (in German). Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  9. "Caludio's personal hideout: Templates for Openoffice Impress". Archived from the original on 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  10. Presentation templates at OpenOffice.org
  11. Impress Templates - User/Template

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