What is a .ODF File And How To Open It – Apache Software Foundation (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .odf extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .odf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .ODF file?

The .ODF file extension is from OpenDocument Formula. The creator of this file extension is Apache Software Foundation. This file belongs to the zip format and it is a miscellaneous file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .odf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .ODF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .ODF file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .ODF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .odf file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the OpenOffice Math and LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ODF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the OpenOffice Math software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ODF file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .odf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the OpenOffice Math, Planamesa NeoOffice and LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ODF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the OpenOffice Math software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .ODF file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .odf file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the OpenOffice Math and LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ODF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the OpenOffice Math software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .ODF file?

If you are still unable to open the .ODF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ODF file.odf – Activision, .odf – OASIS. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ODF file with the OpenOffice Math, LibreOffice programs on Windows, OpenOffice Math, Planamesa NeoOffice, LibreOffice programs on Mac and OpenOffice Math, LibreOffice software on Linux.