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


You can checkout bug reports here in bugzilla


Want to help out with LibreOffice Online development ? You're going to need to build and compile things under Linux, ideally a 64bit flavour.

First you'll need a compile of LibreOffice's core - so start at the developers page.

You'll need to get up to speed with the LibreOffice project and our development style:

  1. Get the code; build it
  2. Join dev list, introduce yourself
  3. Do a couple of Easy Hacks to get familiar with the workflow. This is also a good way to show people that you're committed to writing code for the project :-)
  4. Finally: Ask what's on the TODO list for the HTML5/online port.

When that is built and installed you'll want to checkout the 'online' piece:

Code for that LibreOffice Online is hosted here, and the two sets of build instructions are: loleaflet setup Web Services daemon compile and setup.


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


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