Development/LibreOffice Online

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This page is all about the building and development of LibreOffice Online, the future, HTML5-based/cloud-based version of our office suite.

Is it Ready Yet?

LibreOffice Online is coming along. Collabora, a company that provides L3 support for LibreOffice and provides approximately a third of total commits to the source code has now release a development version of a cloud-based LibreOffice. This version is called Collabora Online Development Version, or CODE for short.

Also, please feel free to check out the code and start editing it yourself.

Current Status

Development

Linux is a must for LibreOffice Online. It doesn't compile/supported on any other platform. So, you need to compile it on Linux. You also need to compile LibreOffice core for development purposes. So, start at the developers page first.

After you are done with the core build, clone the Online repo from URLs mentioned here and start building. Building process for Online is described in detail here. It's worth checking other README files in the repo too as it contains helpful information from development point of view.

The mailing list and IRC channel is same for LibreOffice Online, so you can ask your general questions about LibreOffice Online on the same medium. Most of the things that applies to the core project applies for Online as well (eg: Gerrit review, etc.).

Easy Hacks

To get started with Online and get familiar with the workflow, you can find some Easy Hacks for Online. As the name suggests, they are ideal place for you to get started with development work. They have appropriate hints/code pointers guiding how to get started. Don't hesitate to ask questions on the bug report about clarification if something is not clear. Once you are done with your patch, you need to submit your patch on gerrit. You can check Gerrit here (and change the URL to online repo wherever necessary). To get it reviewed put the person who filed the easy hack in the list of reviewers.

Once you are done with your first easy hack, you can checkout bug reports here in bugzilla. It's possible that you will find more low-hanging fruits/bugs that you will be able to eat now (after having some development experience now). Feel free to start the discussion on the mailing list, IRC, or bug report itself if you are stuck.

GSoC

As with the tasks in the LibreOffice component, we require that you fix at least one easy hack in Online as well, if you are applying for a GSoC task that involves LibreOffice Online. Of course, the more, the merrier and greater your chances of getting selected.

Presentations

Learn from the authors of LibreOffice Online, check-out the slides and videos of presentations.

Builds

Follow the build instructions above, or grab a pre-built docker image from the CODE page to play with.

Reports from the Press

Date By Title and Link
October 10, 2011 ITProPortal LibreOffice ported to iOS, Android, web browsers
March 23, 2012 H-Online LibreOffice Cloud not coming next month
March 25, 2015 CBS Interactive ZDNet ​LibreOffice finally to go online
December 15, 2015 InfoWorld LibreOffice as a Service Offers Alternative to Google Docs and Office 365
November 3, 2016 iTWire New version of LibreOffice Online released
November 4, 2016 Softpedia Collabora Updates Its LibreOffice Online Solution with Collaborative Editing
December 7, 2016 Softpedia Collabora Online 2.0 Puts LibreOffice in the Cloud, Adds Collaborative Editing
June 23, 2016 Softpedia LibreOffice Online Is Now Ready for ownCloud Enterprise, Thanks to Collabora
August 3, 2016 PCWorld LibreOffice 5.2 includes classified documents and a streamlined interface
January 30, 2017 InfoWorld from IDG First look: LibreOffice 5.3 takes a cue from Microsoft Office’s ribbon
February 2, 2017 Silicon UK LibreOffice 5.3 Online Takes Aim At Office 365 With Cloud Document Collaboration