What is a .ODS File And How To Open It – Oracle (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .ods extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .ods file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .ODS file?

The .ODS file extension stands for OpenDocument Spreadsheet. The development of this file was done by Oracle. The format of this spreadsheet related file is zip.

What to know

There are currently 6 software that can open the .ods file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .ODS file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .ODS file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the OpenOffice Calc and LibreOffice software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ODS file

2. The second step is locating 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the OpenOffice Calc software that 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 .ODS file on Mac

The .ods file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ODS 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the OpenOffice Calc software that 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 .ODS file on Linux

The .ods file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ODS 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: 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 Calc software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .ODS file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .ods file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .ODS file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Microsoft Excel software and install it. The other software that opens the .ods file on Android is OpenDocument Reader, Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .ODS file on iOS

There is easy way to open the .ods file on iOS.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Microsoft Excel in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the OpenDocument Reader, Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel software. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .ODS file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Sheets. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .ODS file?

If you cannot open the .ODS file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ODS file.ods – Microsoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ODS file with the OpenOffice Calc, LibreOffice programs on Windows, OpenOffice Calc, Planamesa NeoOffice, LibreOffice programs on Mac, OpenOffice Calc, LibreOffice software on Linux, Microsoft Excel, OpenDocument Reader, Google Sheets software on Android, Microsoft Excel, OpenDocument Reader, Google Sheets software on iOS and Google Sheets program in the Browser.