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

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .odt 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. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .odt file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .ODT file?

The file extension .ODT comes from OpenDocument Text Document. The development of this file was done by Apache Software Foundation. The format of this file is zip, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .odt file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .ODT file?

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

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

To open the .odt file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ODT 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 Writer software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ODT file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the OpenOffice Writer, LibreOffice, Planamesa NeoOffice and Apple TextEdit software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ODT file

2. In the second step 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 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the OpenOffice Writer 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 .ODT file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .odt file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ODT 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 Writer software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .ODT file on Android

There is easy way to open the .odt file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .ODT file 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: 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

To open the file, you will need to download the OpenDocument Reader software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Microsoft Word and OpenDocument Reader software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .ODT file on iOS

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

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Docs, Microsoft Word and OpenDocument Reader software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .ODT file in the Browser

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

Still cannot open the .ODT file?

If you are still unable to open the .ODT file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .ODT file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .odt – OriginLab, .odt – National Institute of Standards and Technology. 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 .ODT file with the OpenOffice Writer, LibreOffice programs on Windows, OpenOffice Writer, LibreOffice, Planamesa NeoOffice, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac, OpenOffice Writer, LibreOffice software on Linux, OpenDocument Reader, Microsoft Word software on Android, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, OpenDocument Reader software on iOS and Google Docs program in the Browser.