Free Word Processors and Office Suites
Free wordprocessors, spreadsheet, database, presentation manager, office productivity suites
Free Word Processors and Office Suites
This page lists free office suites and standalone word processors. Office suites are taken here to mean software packages that include one or more of the following: a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager (that is, something that works like PowerPoint), a database program, and a drawing program. Some of the software packages here are compatible to a greater or lesser extent with the equivalent programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) in Microsoft Office.
Note that the packages listed here are those that you download and install on your own computer. The free online versions, where you work on your documents using a browser, can be found on the Free Online Office Suites: WordProcessors, Spreadsheets, Presentation page.
If you are looking for specialized editors to create websites, you should check out the Free HTML Editors and WYSIWYG Web Editors page instead. Other specialized editors that have their own pages include the Free Simple Text Editors, ASCII Text Editors and Programming Editors and Free Disassemblers, Decompilers, Binary / Hex Editors and Viewers (that allow you to edit binary files).
Free Wordprocessors, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentation Managers, Office Productivity Suites
- LibreOffice Productivity Suite (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
LibreOffice is a spin-off (or, in computer lingo, a "fork") of the OpenOffice.org office suite by many of the contributors to the OpenOffice.org project. As such, it includes the same components as the OpenOffice.org suite, namely, a wordprocessor, a spreadsheet, presentation software, drawing tools, database, etc. It's my understanding that the developers plan to integrate the improvements made in the other forks of OpenOffice.org (such as the Go-ooo suite mentioned elsewhere on this page) and allow the software to be developed at a more rapid rate than what is currently taking place with OpenOffice.org.
- Bean: An OS X Word Processor (Mac OS X)
Bean is an open source (and free) word processor for Mac OS X that is "fully Cocoa". It supports a live word count, in-depth statistics about your document, date-stamped backups, a zoom-slider to change the view scale, a page layout mode, auto-saving, alternate colours (for those who don't like the default appearance of black words on a white background), a search (find) facility that supports regular expressions, dictionary, word completion, etc. It natively reads and writes .rtf, .rtfd (rich text with graphics), .bean, .txt, .html, and .webarchive (Apple archive format). It can also import and export to the Word formats (.doc, .docx, .xml) and OpenDocument (.odt) as well as export your document in the PDF format.
- Go-oo Office Suite (Windows, Linux)
Go-oo is yet another repackaged version of the open source OpenOffice.org software. What distinguishes it from the original package is that it includes import filters for the OpenXML format (meaning that it can open native Office 2007/2010 document formats) and WordPerfect graphics, as well as improved support for Excel macros and embedded Visio diagrams. There are also other smaller changes, including a claimed reduced startup time, built-in multimedia integration for Linux, better support for a variety of languages, etc. Like its original, it includes a word processor, presentation software, spreadsheet, database, drawing software, has built-in PDF support, and so on. Versions for Windows and Linux are available.
- OxygenOffice Professional (Windows, Linux)
OxygenOffice Professional is basically a repackaged version of the OpenOffice.org software, that contains additional templates, clipart, fonts, samples and even VBA support. The suite includes a wordprocessor, presentation software, spreadsheet, database, drawing software, web editor, equation editor and so on. It tracks the OpenOffice.org releases fairly closely, so you should be able to get a version that includes the current version of OpenOffice.org. Pre-compiled binaries are available for Windows and Linux.
- IBM Lotus Symphony (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
IBM Lotus Symphony is a free office suite, based on an earlier version of OpenOffice.org, that includes a wordprocessor (Lotus Symphony Documents), presentation software (Lotus Symphony Presentations) and spreadsheet (Lotus Symphony Spreadsheet). It supports a number of file formats, including the Open Document Format (ODF), Microsoft file formats (eg, .doc, .ppt, .xls, .dot, etc), Lotus SmartSuite formats, etc. The software works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.
- OpenOffice.org (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris)
OpenOffice.org probably needs no introduction. It's the free, open source version of the commercial Star Office, and has not only a word processor, but also presentation software (ie, like Powerpoint), spreadsheet, database, drawing software, web editor, formula editor, etc. It can handle numerous Microsoft Word formats, the RTF format, its own compressed format, etc. The software is available on numerous platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. You can also export your file in the PDF format.
- Abi Word (Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, etc)
Abi Word is a free word processor that supports Microsoft Word documents, OpenOffice documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents, HTML web pages, etc. Supported platforms include Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and QNX. A Mac OS X port appears to be in the works.
- Jarte Word Processor (Windows)
The free version of the Jarte wordprocessor handles Microsoft Word 95, 97, 2000 documents, rich text format (RTF) documents, and plain text (ASCII) documents. It is designed to be a superset of Windows Wordpad (which comes free with Windows). It works on Windows only.
- KOffice (Linux, etc)
KOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, flowcharting application, image manipulation program, business report generation tool, formula editor, graph and charting program) for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It runs on systems that are supported by KDE (like Linux).
- NeoOffice, NeoOffice/J (Mac OS X)
NeoOffice, or Neolithic Office, is a port of OpenOffice.org designed to run natively on Mac OS X. This office suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, vector drawing, and a database program.
- Portable OpenOffice.org (Windows)
Portable OpenOffice.org is a package of OpenOffice.org (see elsewhere on this page) that runs off a USB key drive (or thumb drive), allowing you to run the software on systems that do not have OpenOffice.org installed. It is particularly useful if you do not want to or cannot install OpenOffice.org on a system (such as when you do not have administrator's rights).
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