Feature Comparison: LibreOffice - Microsoft Office

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Introduction

This page compares the features of LibreOffice 6.3.3 (download) and Microsoft Office 2019 / 365. It separates major and minor feature differences and also includes notes on LibreOffice extensions. The comparison highlights differences and therefore does not display any features which are present in both office suites.

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The feature comparison table is continuously being updated and is work in progress.
It is a compilation by users and not an official document by the Document Foundation.
Please feel free to improve this page. Last update to this table was made at 14.11.2019

General office suite: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 6.3 MS Office 2019 / 365
Cross-platform availability (desktop) Yes. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Haiku. (based on the same code base). Partial. Windows and macOS. Windows and macOS versions have some document format compatibility problems, somewhat different feature sets and differences in the user interface; macOS version does not include the database application MS Access, does not include MS Publisher, and also lacks a number of other features (see below).

Feature inconsistencies/differences in Windows versions, between "MS Office 2019" sales version and the "Office 365" rental version: some features are being subsequently included only in the rental version (newly added features also differ between macOS and MS Windows) leading to inconsistencies in the feature set (see below).

Supported versions of MS Windows Yes. Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2008, Server 2012, Server 2016. ([1]). Versions until LibreOffice 5.4 still also support Windows XP SP3, Vista. Yes. MS Office 2019 sales version: Windows 10; Server 2019. MS Office 365 rental version: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2016 ([2]).
Supported versions of macOS Yes. 10.9+ (Mavericks). ([3]). Yes. MacOS sales version: 10.12+ (Sierra). MacOS Office 365 rental version: 10.11+ (El Capitan) ([4])
Portable version that runs on USB flash disks (without installation) Yes (download) No
Open Source Yes, licensed under MPLv2 and others. No, proprietary and closed-source
Full integration of all office components Yes. From within each office component, files of all other components can be opened and be newly created. Central StartCenter with access to office modules, recently used files and templates. No
Availability free of charge Yes (download, donate) No, proprietary software to purchase or rent. When subscription for the rental version ends, applications enter read-only mode (view or print) and no new documents can be created. The purchase-version is a perpetual license. One-month trial version available for the rental version (but not for the one-time purchase version).
Extension availability Yes. Complex ecosystem of extensions (over 385 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org), including automatic updates. Partial. Partly, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [5] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
Localization Yes. 116 languages (detailed list of languages supported by LibreOffice) Partial. 91 languages in Windows version, 27 languages in macOS version (display language for (some) office applications)[6], [7], [8]
Support of Right-to-left⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) languages (e.g. Arabic) and other complex scripts Yes. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzz⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library Yes. Supported on Windows, mobile and online versions and macOS.
Additional writing aids Yes. Extended support (spell-check dictionaries, hyphenation patterns, thesaurus and grammar check, specialized dictionaries as extensions ([9], [10]). Detailed list of LibreOffice writing aids for over 150 languages. Partial. More limited, "proofing tools" for 92 languages in Windows version, 58 in macOS version [11], [12],[13]
Language technology Yes. Comprehensive support, based on the most popular spellchecking library Hunspell

LibreOffice Language Technology – News & Best practices, YouTube, Hunspell 1.7, LibreOffice vs MS Office, Better coverage: words, Unicode, morphology, 3 false alarms in Word, zero in Writer

Partial. Limited
Support of complex languages and special smart-font features (ligatures, true small caps, old style numbers, proportional or mono-spaced numbers, capital spacing, and true superscript/subscript) Partial. Full support of SIL Graphite font technology ([14],[15]) and full support of OpenType optional features ([16],[17],[18]) by syntax and UI (tdf#58941). See also LibreOffice Smart Font HowTo. Support for Apple Advanced Typography (AAT) available on all platforms. Interoperability: No support for optional OpenType features in OOXML, and ODF 1.2 doesn’t provide OpenType optional features support (support scheduled for ODF 1.3) Partial. Limited via OpenType supporting ligatures, stylistic sets, number spacing options, number forms, and contextual alternates. [19] Support for optional OpenType features in OOXML.
Support of font variation Partial. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export. tdf#108497 Partial. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export.
Easy access to vector clip art Yes via LO Gallery (clipart extensions ([20] or [21])). Extension for the integration of clipart from OpenClipart.org. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Partial. Selection of clip art more limited. Extended selection of "icons".
Macro scripting languages Yes. Multiple languages, support for wide variety of languages (LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell, and Python). Import and export of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), see ([22] and the release notes). Partial. Single language, support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Indirectly also Visual Basic or Visual C# by using automation.
CMIS protocol support to access Document Management Systems Yes. Support for Alfresco, Google GDrive, Nuxeo, MS SharePoint, MS OneDrive, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace, and OpenText ELS. (tdf#62437) Partial. Inbuilt support only for MS SharePoint and MS OneDrive
Support of ISO standards OpenDocument Format (ODF)⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Yes. Advanced support, ODF v1.2 extended Partial. Limited support in MS Windows version, and online version, ODF v1.2. Support of ODF in macOS version and mobile versions (Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile) are limited and require the use of an online file format conversion service. [23] [24] [25]
PDF export extended options Yes. Multiple options (Additional options: Tagged PDF, Time stamp protocol⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg, detailed image settings, Hybrid PDF, transition effects, extended security and permission options, PDF forms, initial view settings, extended handling of URLs, digital signatures, and PDF signatures according to PAdES⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg standard). Support for font embedding of all font types (incl. OpenType CFF fonts (.otf)). Support for PDF/A-2 standard. Partial. High or low quality PDF, page and markup to print in Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint [26]; pictures resolution and non-printing informations in Publisher. No support for font embedding of OpenType CFF fonts in PDF export [27].
Document classification Yes. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [28] and [29]. Partial. No inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) Yes Yes. .svg files supported
Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) Yes (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) No. Support for .eps images entirely removed in Office 2019 and rental version ([30]. In Office 2016 sales version, it was [31]) turned off by default due to security issues, but could be manually enabled via Windows registry. There were general rendering issues of .eps files in PDF export ([32]).
Insert PDF as an image into documents Yes ([33]) No
Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) Yes No
Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Yes No
Import from vector graphics / DTP software: CorelDraw (v1-X7), Corel Presentation Exchange, Adobe/Macromedia Freehand (v3-11), Adobe PageMaker, Zoner/Callisto Draw (.zmf), QuarkXPress 3.1 to 4.1 Yes No
Import of MS Visio files Yes. Supported (Visio 2000-2013) No (only via MS Visio which is not part of MS Office)
Import of video and audio formats FLAC Audio (.flac), Flash Video (.flv), Matroska Media (.mkv), OGG Audio, Ogg Video, Quicktime Video, WebM Video, Real Audio (.ra), Real Media (.rm), Digital Video (.dv), Audio Codec (.ac3), and Ogg Opus (.opus) Yes No
Drawing and vector graphics software Yes. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. Partial. MS Powerpoint provides some features of a drawing software.
PIM and email software No. Not part of LibreOffice, referring to alternative PIM software such as Mozilla Thunderbird. See the comparison on this wiki: Mozilla Thunderbird vs. Microsoft Outlook.

Mail Merge Wizard sends out emails directly from LibreOffice without email software. LibreOffice-wide access to address books via Base.

Yes. MS Outlook
Desktop publishing (DTP) software Partial. Writer supports many advanced DTP features (see section on Writer in this comparison table). Draw supports frame-based DTP features. Import of MS Publisher files (and from other DTP software) in Draw. Yes. MS Publisher
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set Partial. The BASIC Integrated Development Environment (IDE) does not have: 1. Refactoring facilities (Renaming affects dependencies/Extract Method/Extract interface etc.) (tdf#92251, tdf#94524, tdf#94526, tdf#94527, tdf#94528, tdf#94529, tdf#94530); 2. Intellisense (or any other code completion functionality) such as auto-code-completion and showing the properties and methods of an object (tdf#66185); 3. Error checking (the IDE actually knows its symbols). Yes. Supported with Visual Basic for Applications and/or additional purchase of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio (Windows-only). macOS version only supports a simplified Visual Basic Editor.
Import & Export of Microsoft OOXML files Partial. Good and extended support of real life OOXML files (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx), standardized (transitional) OOXML files, as well as import of OOXML-strict files. [34] Yes. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
PDF Import Partial, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). Yes, into MS Word
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) Partial. LibreOffice for iOS/iPadOS available; a port for Android is in development; viewer for Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts.

Android: LibreOffice Viewer for Android available, with basic and experimental editing features; current version v14/v15 (April 2018) on Google Play is rated as buggy and unstable. New LibreOffice Android app is in development and available in the Android Beta channel: [35]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [36], [37].

iOS/iPadOS: LibreOffice for iPhone and iPad available: Collabora Office in the Apple AppStore. More information: Collabora press release, Adfinis press release, LibreOffice as an iOS app on the iPad; Announcement for iOS; Commits: [38], [39].

Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts: The Document Viewer is powered by LibreOfficeKit (LibreOffice 5) and supports viewing most file types supported by LibreOffice.

Yes. Android, iOS and Windows Mobile. Mobile versions for smartphones and tablets with Android and iOS with restricted features set, for 'Windows 10 Mobile' smartphones with heavily restricted feature set. Professional users as well as users on tablets >10.1 inch are required to have an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee. Private users are allowed to view and print documents without registration private users, basic editing functionality requires registration. More comprehensive features require an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee.
Online/cloud version of office suite Yes. Libreoffice Online 6.3.3 / Collabora Online 4.0 with full document support and rendering fidelity, as well as collaborative editing. Advanced but reduced editing functionality compared to the desktop version. Online version supports Vereign compatible authentication & document signing. [40], [41], [42], [43], [44], [45]. See also: LibreOffice Online port development. Yes. Office web apps, with advanced features, but reduced functionality compared to the desktop version. ([46])
Integration of online office suite into (third-party) collaboration software and groupware / content management systems Partial. Integration of LibreOffice Online in: OwnCloud and Nextcloud, Kolab,Pydio, Seafile,IceWarp, AG-I Solutions, Alinto, VNCLagoon, EGroupware, Univention App Center, Kopano Documents, LibreOffice Online powered by CIB, Collabora Online, Corteza Community Server, Alfresco, Roove, Zimbra ([47]). See also this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Partial. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts Partial. Variety of available service providers: UrBerri, eqipe, New Access, Arawa, Artistanbul, TransfertPro, Extensys,Rono-IT, SecuredStore, StudioStorti,united hoster, Option Service Télécom, AggreCost, Webo.hosting, FileCloud, Retention Range, Workman.net.au, OffiDocs, CiviHosting, ETES, Sunjun, opendsi, GMS, OpenLogic, SwissStash, iOffice Cloud, cloudplan, EGroupware, ZenTao, SwissVON, CQ Net, Mijncloudoffice, mentorITe, PowerFolder, GMX Online Office, Mail.com Online Office, Web.de Online Office, hostiso.com, Kolab Now, Crest Tech. See also this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Partial MS OneDrive
Synchronous collaborative editing Partial. Collaborative editing in LibreOffice online version (Writer, Calc and Impress). Not available in the desktop applications (tdf#73831), see development information: Collaborative Editing and Track changes. Yes. Supported in online versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Partial support in desktop applications via OneDrive or MS Sharepoint. Support in desktop applications varies: "Real-time typing" in MS Word, Powerpoint, "Co-authoring" in MS Excel (not supported in MS Powerpoint and MS Excel in MS Office 2019 sales version; MS Powerpoint 2019 sales version only allows for co-authoring (syncing after saving file). Simplified "sharing" of office documents in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint via OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint. AutoSave feature, which automatically saves every few seconds, is supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint, if files are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online (Not available in MS Office 2019 sales versions on macOS and Windows. Real-time collaboration for MS Word supported in MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows).
User Interface approach Yes. Highly customizable UI concept "MUFFIN" [48],[49]: Available user interfaces: (1) Classic UI with multiple toolbars mode, and Sidebar panel. (2) Single Toolbar mode, and Sidebar panel. (3) Notebookbar Tabbed UI. (4) Notebookbar Grouped Compact UI. (5) Notebookbar Tabbed Compact UI. (6) Notebookbar Contextual Single UI (Writer and Draw). Customization possible: Several icon themes available (Karasa Jaga, Breeze, Breeze Dark, Colibre, Elementary, Sifr, Sifr Dark, Tango). Partial. Ribbon UI; Colour themes (on MS Windows: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White. On macOS: Colorful, Classic; Dark mode (not supported in Office 2019 sales version on macOS))
User interface improved to enable use on touch screen devices on desktop operating systems. No (tdf#102015) Partial. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite). No. Only via help system. On Ubuntu Unity support for Head-Up-Display (HUD) system. (tdf#91874) Yes. Tell Me search bar.
Accessibility checker No. Extension for text documents: AccessODF Yes [50].
Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) No. Yes. In-app chat with co-authors for shared files on SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business. Not supported for OneDrive Consumer or any other storage location. Non-persistent chat (history not preserved; new users see only newly incoming messages). (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; not supported on Android and iOS). [51].
Integration of instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. No. Yes. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
Dictation / speech recognition No Yes in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook. Voice audio is sent to Microsoft cloud servers and returned as text. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows and macOS)
Inserting and editing 3D models No (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) Yes in Powerpoint, Word, and Excel. Insert animated 3D graphics in Powerpoint, Word, and Excel (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
Support of color fonts No Yes [52]
Support of math fonts No (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [53] Yes
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 6.3 MS Office 2019 / 365
Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM Yes No
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy vector and bitmap graphics formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, GreatWorks, MacPaint, MacWorks, SuperPaint, MacDraw, MacDraw II, RagTime for Mac 2-3, ClarisDraw, MacDraft Yes No
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. Yes No
Drawing features: Arrow endings Yes. Substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation No. Less supported arrow endings
Document converter wizard Yes No
Euro currency converter wizard Yes No
Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI Yes No
Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) Yes (note: tdf#92354) No
Import MathML formula from clipboard Yes No
Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw Partial. Basic support No
Digital signatures / Signature Line Yes. Multiple signatures, including OOXML signatures. Round-trip with MS Office problematic (tdf#58442, tdf#58476). Import/export of PDF signatures. Support of XAdES⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg standard (XML Advanced Electronic Signatures) and OpenPGP keys. Additional support of ECDSA keys (on Linux and macOS). Additional (experimental) support for OpenPGP-based document encryption. Yes (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon Yes. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) Yes
Enhanced list of recent files and folders Partial (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter) Yes (option to set recent files as permanent)
Custom colours in formula editor Partial. Set of 16 colours (tdf#40436) Yes
Third-party software dependencies Partial. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. (tdf#34809) Yes. Not required
Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters No (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X Partial. Limited support
Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources No (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) Partial [54] Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Collaboration with @mentions in comments No Yes, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. Supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.[55]
Quick access to email attachments No Yes, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
Streaming of office applications/office on demand No (possible via third party services) Yes ([56])
Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) No (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) Yes. Several pens, highlighters, colors and color effects, and pencils for inking to draw/annotate/highlight. Lasso Select (free-form tool for selecting ink). Ink replay feature (Not supported in macOS version)
Recognition of shapes from ink drawings No Yes. [57] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings No Yes. [58] Conversion of ink to shapes in MS Powerpoint and MS Word (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version)
Automatic background removal of a picture No (tdf#103424) Yes. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
Live preview while formatting No (tdf#37048) Yes
Inserting a screenshot from within applications No Yes
Import of graphics formats: MEZ, EMZ, WMZ, PCZ No (tdf#103954) Yes
Export to XPS format⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg No Yes
Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro No (tdf#105803) Yes (macOS only)

Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Major Feature Differences LO Writer 6.3 MS Word 2019 / 365
Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes Yes. Stable layout No. Layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) Yes No
Overlining of text Yes No. No, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts Yes. Master documents and Master document templates supported No. Supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information Yes. Supported. Redaction tool. No
Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) Yes No
Business card wizard Yes (release notes) No
Text auto completion of words already used before Yes [59] No
XForms documents creation Yes No
Mathematical calculations in tables Yes. Complex calculations No. Only basic arithmetic
DocBook import & export Yes No
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format Yes No
Export to XHTML Yes No
Export to EPUB⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) Yes No
Export document as image(s) Yes. Supported, image formats: .jpg, .png No
Import of Apple Pages documents Yes. Support for Pages v1-5 [60] No
Working with large documents Yes. Stable layout Partial. Some layout problems [61]
Extended label creation features (release notes) Yes (generic database access, synchronise content) Partial
Frames Yes. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics Partial. Concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) Yes Yes. Supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
Table styles Yes (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). Yes
PDF export of comments Partial. Export of comments according to PDF specification (via "File" > "Export as PDF"). PDF export of comments: inside the margin, at end of page, at end of document (activation complicated, only via: "Tools" > "Options" > "LibreOffice Writer" > "Print" (tdf#77650)) Partial. Export only as comments inside margin
Grammar check Partial. out of the box only 4 languages (English, Russian, Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese)

extensions: e.g. Languagetool for 28 languages plus 14 language variants (level of language support varies; 7 languages with more than 1000 rules), Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese

Yes. 21 languages (plus 1 language variant) were supported in MS Office 2013 with additional costs) ; no information on supported languages in MS Office 2016. Grammar check on macOS version limited to few languages.
Style sets (for paragraph styles) Partial. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, tdf#90497) Yes. Supported ("document themes")
Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas No. Extension: TexMaths Yes. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page No (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table Yes
Picture styles & additional effects No (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. Yes
View changes in the right margin in "track changes" mode No (tdf#34355) Yes
Diagonal borders in tables No (tdf#51665) Yes
Extended reading mode of documents No (tdf#55168) Yes
Collapse and expand parts of a document No (tdf#47746) Yes
Instant messaging while collaborating on document No Yes ([62])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 6.3 MS Word 2019 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Yes No
Open erroneous .doc files Yes. Better recovery mode ([63],[64]) No. More frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates Yes No
Import & Export Unified Office Format text Yes No
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents Yes. Supported (requires Java) No
Import of AbiWord files Yes No
Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) Yes No
Import of legacy Mac OS word processing documents: MS Word for Mac (1-5.1), MS Works for Mac (1-4), ClarisWorks/AppleWorks, Write Now, MacWriteII/MacWritePro, DOCMaker 4, FullWrite Professional, HanMac Word-K/J, LightWayText for Mac 4.5, Mariner Write Mac Classic 1.6-3.5, MindWrite Document, Nisus Writer Mac Classic 3.4-6.5, TeachText/SimpleText 1, Tex-Edit 2, WriterPlus, Z-Write 1.3, eDOC 2, Acta Mac Classic, BeagleWorks/WordPerfect Works 1, GreatWorks, MacDoc 1, MoreMac 2-3, RagTime for Mac 2-3 Yes No
Import of DOS/Windows legacy word processing documents: Microsoft Word for DOS, Microsoft WinWord 5, Microsoft Word 6.0 / 95, Microsoft Write, Hangul WP97, Text 602 (T602), Lotus WordPro Yes No
Logo toolbar and interpreter Yes. [65] No
Format text of all comments in document Yes No
Conditional text Yes ([66], [67](PDF) [68]) Partial ([69], [70])
Automatic replacement of Emojis Yes. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Partial. Manual creation of replacement lists
Number of columns per table in document Yes. Unlimited columns Partial. Limited to 63 columns
Multi-line headings for chapters Yes. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Chapter Numbering dialog) Partial. Only via work-around [71]
Maximum page size Yes. 300cm x 300cm Partial. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features Partial. Basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, Bibus, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. Yes. Inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
Advanced find & replace / Special characters Partial (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer Yes
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list Partial. Different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) Yes
Default keyboard shortcuts Partial. Less default shortcuts ([72]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([73])
Add watermarks to pages Partial. Support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. Yes (text and picture watermarks)
Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) No. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) Yes
Document/text translation No (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. Yes ([74])
Decorative page borders No (tdf#39270) Yes
Horizontal split view of the same document No (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. Yes
Outline view No (tdf#38262), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings Yes
Draft view No (tdf#67698) Yes
Upload to blog servers No, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher. Yes (Sharepoint Blog, Wordpress, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, TypePad, MetaWebLog API)
Digital pen usage / ink gestures No Yes [75]. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Transform document into a Sway web page No Yes. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Line by line reading of text No Yes. Line Focus (removes removes distractions) feature in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)

Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Major Feature Differences LO Calc 6.3 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Spreadsheet functions (for details see Functions comparison of LibreOffice Calc and Excel) Yes. 506 functions (27 functions unique to Calc) Yes. 473 functions (19 functions unique to Excel)
Unique Spreadsheet functions Yes. CURRENT, DDE, MONTHS, OPT_BARRIER, OPT_PROB_HIT, OPT_PROB_INMONEY, OPT_TOUCH, STYLE, EASTERSUNDAY, YEARS, DAYSINMONTH, DAYSINYEAR, GOALSEEK, ISLEAPYEAR, MULTIPLE.OPERATIONS, MULTIRANGE, MVALUE, NEG, ROT13, WEEKS, WEEKSINYEAR, FORECAST.ETS.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.PI.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.STAT.MULT, RAWSUBTRACT, REGEX, ROUNDSIG, FOURIER. Extension: Kanji to Phonetic provides PHONETIC function. Yes. CUBEKPIMEMBER, CUBEMEMBER, CUBEMEMBERPROPERTY, CUBERANKEDMEMBER, CUBESET, CUBESETCOUNT, CUBEVALUE, RTD, DBCS, CALL, REGISTER.ID, PHONETIC, YEN, FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE, RANDARRAY (tdf#126573).
Comparison of two spreadsheet files Yes No
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) Yes No
Hyphenation of text in cells Yes No
AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type Yes No ([76])
Export to XHTML Yes No
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) Yes No
OpenFormula standard Yes. Largely supported Partial
Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) Yes. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) Partial in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version.
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Yes. Support for Numbers v1-3 [77], see also this comparison No
Maximum number of columns per sheet Partial. 1,024 (tdf#50916) Yes. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
Table styles Partial. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762,tdf#44763) Yes
Record a macro Partial. Limited support [78] Yes
Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer Partial. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) Yes
Statistical / Analysis toolkit Partial. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression Partial. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
Chart styles No (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) Partial. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Power Pivot⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg features No Yes
Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel No (tdf#74665, tdf#81530,tdf#70361,tdf#72992, tdf#97832) Yes.
Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table No (work around: using function VLOOKUP) Yes ([79])
Integration of external data sources No. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. Yes. Queries and data sources via "Power Query" and "Power BI" [80]. (SQL.REQUEST removed in favor of Power Query since MS Excel 2010)
Forecasting data to predict future trends Yes. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) Yes. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
Import MS Access databases Partial. Via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) Yes
Multi-Core Processing / multithreading Partial. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([81],[82]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [83], Presentation "Making Calc Calculate in Parallel". Yes. Starting in Excel 2010, the following features use multi-core processors: saving a file, opening a file, refreshing a PivotTable (for external data sources, except OLAP and SharePoint), sorting a cell table, sorting a PivotTable, and auto-sizing a column.

For operations that involve reading and loading or writing data, such as opening a file, saving a file or refreshing data, splitting the operation into two processes increases performance speed. The first process gets the data, and the second process loads the data into the appropriate structure in memory or writes the data to a file. In this way, as soon as the first process begins reading a portion of data, the second process can immediately start loading or writing that data, while the first process continues to read the next portion of data. Previously, the first process had to finish reading all the data in a certain section before the second process could load that section of the data into memory or write the data to a file. ([84], [85])

Export generic XML No Yes
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 6.3 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Flexible CSV export Yes. Supported ([86], [87]) No
Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters Yes (List of Regular Expressions) No
View clone of spreadsheet in new window Yes. Independent window No. Cannot be moved outside the application window
Median in PivotTable Yes tdf#61700 No [88]
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs Yes No
Use English function names Yes. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English No
Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet Yes No
Import of DOS/Windows legacy spreadsheet formats: Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro (v1-5.5 DOS; v1.0-6.0 Windows), Microsoft Works spreadsheet, Microsoft Multiplan (v1-3 DOS) Yes No
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) Yes No
Import & Export Pocket Excel Yes. Supported (requires Java) No
Ability to rotate entire chart Yes No
PDF export of comments Yes. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) Yes No (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
Import from Gnumeric Yes (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) No
Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image Yes No
Export sheet/table as .png image Yes No
Formatting of cells Yes. More detailed: Number formats: more flexible use of "Format Code" for custom adjustments, leading zeroes, language setting, percentages without percentage sign, thousands separator for percentages; Font: overligning of text, relief (embossed, engraved), outline, shadow, underline of individual words, spacing settings, kerning; Borders: shadow, spacing to contents; Protection: hide cells when printing. Partial. Less features
Additional cell format types Yes. Number format "Boolean value". Engineering notation. Natural language number format (spelling out numbers in various languages. Easy work around for missing US zip code and US phone number formats. Partial Engineering notation via custom formats.
Support negative year date (BCE) Yes. Partial Using work-arounds.
Conditional formatting: icon sets Partial. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). Partial. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format Partial (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) Yes
Formulae with entire columns or entire rows Partial (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Yes
Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [89] Partial. Less default shortcuts ([90], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Yes. More default shortcuts ([91], [92], [93])
Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) Partial. Supported for select protected/unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. Yes for select protected/unprotected cells, insert/delete rows/columns, format cells/columns/rows, insert hyperlinks, sort, use AutoFilter/Pivot Table reports, edit objects/scenarios.
Timeline filter in PivotTable No Yes [94]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point No (only manually) Yes
Chart type: xyz / surface charts No, basic workaround [95] (tdf#51670) Yes
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) No (tdf#50934) Yes
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool No (via extension GeOOo) Yes. Map charts and "3D Maps".
Different chart types for different data series No (tdf#35629) Yes
Printing of selected chart only No, workarounds [96], [97] (tdf#45893) Yes
Automatized analysis and visualization features No Yes Quick analysis feature and visual summaries, trends, and patterns. [98], [99]. Some of these features ("Ideas in Excel") supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; quick analysis feature not supported on macOS.
Flash fill No (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. Yes
Chart recommendations No Yes
'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings No Yes
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) No, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline Yes
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines No (tdf#36943) Yes
Cell background options Partial. Background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells Yes. Background color, pattern, gradient
Copy only visible cells No (tdf#36466), extension: Copy only visible cells Yes

Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Major Feature Differences LO Impress 6.3 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Hyphenation support Yes No
Export to XHTML Yes No
Export to HTML Yes No (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to Flash format (SWF) Yes No
Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS Yes No
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets Yes. For Android smartphones/tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. Partial. For WindowsPhone 8 and Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
3D slide transitions Yes. ​macOS, Linux, Windows Partial. ​macOS, Windows
Edit embedded videos Partial. Via external programs Yes. Directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments Partial Yes
Animated effects Partial. Supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/shake/vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) Yes
Trim embedded video or audio No Yes. Supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) No (tdf#38263) Yes. Supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [100]
Slides editable during presentation No (tdf#34965) Yes
SmartArt diagrams No (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension Yes
Save highlights and drawings during presentation No (tdf#51928) Yes
Compare presentations No Yes
Broadcast presentation on the Internet No. Only via export to PDF or SWF Yes. Additional support to publish to Microsoft Stream video-sharing site (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Animated diagrams No Yes
Record a slide show No (tdf#34959) Yes
Slide design suggestions No Yes via Powerpoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version in Windows and macOS)
Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen No Yes. Supported with Bluetooth pen or Surface pen. Using digital pen as a slide-show clicker (Not supported in macOS version)
Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 6.3 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Number of slide layouts Yes. 12 Partial. 9
Text background colour in text boxes Yes No
PDF export of comments Yes. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation Yes No
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM Yes No
Import of Apple Keynote files Yes. Support for Keynote v1-6 [101] No
Embedding of fonts in presentation file Yes Partial. Supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in PowerPoint on macOS, although displayed. No support for embedding OpenType CFF fonts. [102]
Maximum page size Yes. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) Partial. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides Partial. Limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([103]). Yes. Powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts Partial. Less default shortcuts ([104]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([105], [106])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations No Yes [107] Conversion of ink to shapes/diagrams in MS Powerpoint ; Ink equations (conversion of drawing to equation) in Powerpoint. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version).
Automatically suggesting presentation outline from online sources by entering subject No Yes. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
"Morph" transition type No Yes [108]
Creation of automatically starting presentations No, extension: ImpressRunner Yes
Export presentation to video formats No (tdf#34959) Yes. Supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
Slide zoom and pan No (tdf#38263) Yes
Option to save as picture presentation No (tdf#93589) Yes

Database program: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

Major Feature Differences LO Base 6.3 MS Access 2019 / 365
Available on all operating systems supported by the office suite Yes No. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
SQL syntax highlighting Yes No
Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise Yes. Plus MySQL as extension.[109] No. No, via ODBC
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book Yes No
Native JDBC driver Yes No
Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format Yes No
Database engine Yes. FirebirdSQL 3.0; HSQLDB 1.8.x (deprecated). In LibreOffice 6.2 FirebirdSQL is the default for new databases. Firebird Migration Assistant converts HSQLDB databases to FirebirdSQL Partial. Jet
Integration of MS Outlook address book Partial. Supported only on MS Windows. No support for Outlook (tdf#56903) and Outlook Express (tdf#56905) address book access in the native 64-bit Windows builds of LibreOffice. Yes
Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application Partial. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([110]) (tdf#51872) Yes
Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: Partial. Only via drag&drop to LibreOffice Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the writable data source being open. ([111]) (tdf#73798) Yes
Edit MS Access files Partial. Limited older driver "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" works fine for read/write, while "Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" driver only reads; (tdf#43187). Driver only works on Windows. Yes
Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server No. No, via ODBC Yes
Crosstab queries No. Not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) Yes
"Linked tables" capability No. Not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) Yes
Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format No Yes
Import data from XML, HTML No Yes
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 6.3 MS Access 2019 / 365
Native connector for: dBase databases Yes No. Not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files Yes No
Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database Yes No
Native connector for: SharePoint lists No Yes
Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 No Yes
Web service data connection No Yes
Password protection of database No (tdf#70638) Yes
Calculations in database tables No (tdf#72787) Yes

Most important LibreOffice extensions

LibreOffice has a complex eco-system of extensions (over 385 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org). Additionally to the extensions already mentioned in above comparison table, here is a selection of some extensions adding valuable features to LibreOffice:

LibreOffice Extensions
General office suite: LibreOffice
LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice Calc
LibreOffice Impress
  • Export as Images allows to export all the Impress slides or Draw pages as images in JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF formats.
  • OpenCards is a free award-winning flashcard learning software.
LibreOffice Draw
LibreOffice Base
  • Access2Base VBA for MSAccess emulator. (installed by default in LibreOffice 6.2; available for download for older versions than 6.1)
  • BaseDocumenter fully document a LibreOffice Base application.
Accessibility extensions
  • odt2daisy, converts OpenDocument Text (ODT) to digital talking books in the DAISY format (DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3.0 XML and Full DAISY 3.0) for speech synthesis.
  • Read Text, it uses an external program or a web service to read text. Read the selection with Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer and Writer.
  • AccessODF, helps authors evaluate and repair accessibility issues in OpenDocument Text and other word processing formats supported by Writer.
  • odt2braille, enables authors to print documents to a Braille embosser and to export documents as Braille files. The Braille output is well-formatted and highly customizable.

See also