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This page compares the features of LibreOffice 6.3.2 (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.


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 13.10.2019

General office suite: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 6.3 MS Office 2019 / 365
Cross-platform availability (desktop) はい. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Haiku. (based on the same code base). 部分的. 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 はい. 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. はい. 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 はい. 10.9+ (Mavericks). ([3]). はい. 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) はい (download) いいえ
Open Source はい, licensed under MPLv2 and others. いいえ, proprietary and closed-source
Full integration of all office components はい. 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. いいえ
Availability free of charge はい (download, donate) いいえ, 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 はい. complex ecosystem of extensions (over 385 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org), including automatic updates. 部分的. partly, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [5] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
Localization はい. 116 languages (detailed list of languages supported by LibreOffice) 部分的. 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 はい. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzz⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library はい. supported on Windows, mobile and online versions and macOS.
Additional writing aids はい. 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. 部分的. more limited, "proofing tools" for 92 languages in Windows version, 58 in macOS version [11], [12],[13]
Language technology はい. 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

部分的. 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) 部分的. 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) 部分的. 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 部分的. limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export. tdf#108497 部分的. limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export.
Easy access to vector clip art はい 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) 部分的. selection of clip art more limited. Extended selection of "icons".
Macro scripting languages はい. 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). 部分的. 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 はい. support for Alfresco, Google GDrive, Nuxeo, MS SharePoint, MS OneDrive, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace, and OpenText ELS. (tdf#62437) 部分的. inbuilt support only for MS SharePoint and MS OneDrive
Support of ISO standards OpenDocument Format (ODF)⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg はい. advanced support, ODF v1.2 extended 部分的. 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 はい. 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. 部分的. 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 はい. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [28] and [29]. 部分的. no inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) はい はい. .svg files supported
Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) はい (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) いいえ. 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 はい ([33]) いいえ
Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) はい いいえ
Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) はい いいえ
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 はい いいえ
Import of MS Visio files はい. supported (Visio 2000-2013) いいえ (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) はい いいえ
Drawing and vector graphics software はい. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. 部分的. MS Powerpoint provides some features of a drawing software.
PIM and email software いいえ. 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.

はい. MS Outlook
Desktop publishing (DTP) software 部分的. 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. はい. MS Publisher
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set 部分的. 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). はい. 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 部分的. 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] はい. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
PDF Import 部分的, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). はい, into MS Word
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) 部分的. Ports for Android and iOS are 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: [35]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [36], [37].

iOS: LibreOffice for iPhone, iPad is in development: LibreOffice as an iOS app on the iPad; Collabora Office Preview; 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.

はい. 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 はい. Libreoffice Online 6.3.2 / 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. はい. 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 部分的. 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. 部分的. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts 部分的. 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. 部分的 MS OneDrive
Synchronous collaborative editing 部分的. 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. はい. 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 はい. 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). Firefox themes are available for LibreOffice via Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Personalization. 部分的. 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. いいえ (tdf#102015) 部分的. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite). いいえ. Only via help system. On Ubuntu Unity support for Head-Up-Display (HUD) system. (tdf#91874) はい. Tell Me search bar.
Accessibility checker いいえ. Extension for text documents: AccessODF はい [50].
Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) いいえ. はい. 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. いいえ. はい. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
Dictation / speech recognition いいえ はい 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 いいえ (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) はい 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 いいえ はい [52]
Support of math fonts いいえ (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [53] はい
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 はい いいえ
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 はい いいえ
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. はい いいえ
Drawing features: Arrow endings はい. substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation いいえ. less supported arrow endings
Document converter wizard はい いいえ
Euro currency converter wizard はい いいえ
Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI はい いいえ
Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) はい (note: tdf#92354) いいえ
Import MathML formula from clipboard はい いいえ
Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw 部分的. basic support いいえ
Digital signatures / Signature Line はい. 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. はい (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon はい. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) はい
Enhanced list of recent files and folders 部分的 (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter) はい (option to set recent files as permanent)
Custom colours in formula editor 部分的. Set of 16 colours (tdf#40436) はい
Third-party software dependencies 部分的. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. (tdf#34809) はい. not required
Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters いいえ (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X 部分的. limited support
Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources いいえ (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) 部分的 [54] Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Collaboration with @mentions in comments いいえ はい, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. Supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.[55]
Quick access to email attachments いいえ はい, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
Streaming of office applications/office on demand いいえ (possible via third party services) はい ([56])
Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) いいえ (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) はい. 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 いいえ はい. [57] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings いいえ はい. [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 いいえ (tdf#103424) はい. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
Live preview while formatting いいえ (tdf#37048) はい
Inserting a screenshot from within applications いいえ はい
Import of graphics formats: MEZ, EMZ, WMZ, PCZ いいえ (tdf#103954) はい
Export to XPS format⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg いいえ はい
Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro いいえ (tdf#105803) はい (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 はい. stable layout いいえ. layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) はい いいえ
Overlining of text はい いいえ. no, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts はい. Master documents and Master document templates supported いいえ. supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information はい. supported. Redaction tool. いいえ
Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) はい いいえ
Business card wizard はい (release notes) いいえ
Text auto completion of words already used before はい [59] いいえ
XForms documents creation はい いいえ
Mathematical calculations in tables はい. complex calculations いいえ. only basic arithmetic
DocBook import & export はい いいえ
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format はい いいえ
Export to XHTML はい いいえ
Export to EPUB⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) はい いいえ
Export document as image(s) はい. supported, image formats: .jpg, .png いいえ
Import of Apple Pages documents はい. support for Pages v1-5 [60] いいえ
Working with large documents はい. stable layout 部分的. some layout problems [61]
Extended label creation features (release notes) はい (generic database access, synchronise content) 部分的
Frames はい. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics 部分的. concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) はい はい. supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
Table styles はい (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). はい
PDF export of comments 部分的. 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)) 部分的. export only as comments inside margin
Grammar check 部分的. 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

はい. 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) 部分的. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, tdf#90497) はい. supported ("document themes")
Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas いいえ. Extension: TexMaths はい. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page いいえ (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table はい
Picture styles & additional effects いいえ (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. はい
View changes in the right margin in "track changes" mode いいえ (tdf#34355) はい
Diagonal borders in tables いいえ (tdf#51665) はい
Extended reading mode of documents いいえ (tdf#55168) はい
Collapse and expand parts of a document いいえ (tdf#47746) はい
Instant messaging while collaborating on document いいえ はい ([62])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 6.3 MS Word 2019 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) はい いいえ
Open erroneous .doc files はい. better recovery mode ([63],[64]) いいえ. more frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates はい いいえ
Import & Export Unified Office Format text はい いいえ
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents はい. supported (requires Java) いいえ
Import of AbiWord files はい いいえ
Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) はい いいえ
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 はい いいえ
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 はい いいえ
Logo toolbar and interpreter はい. [65] いいえ
Format text of all comments in document はい いいえ
Conditional text はい ([66], [67](PDF) [68]) 部分的 ([69], [70])
Automatic replacement of Emojis はい. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) 部分的. manual creation of replacement lists
Number of columns per table in document はい. unlimited columns 部分的. limited to 63 columns
Multi-line headings for chapters はい. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Chapter Numbering dialog) 部分的. only via work-around [71]
Maximum page size はい. 300cm x 300cm 部分的. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features 部分的. basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, Bibus, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. はい. inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
Advanced find & replace / Special characters 部分的 (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer はい
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list 部分的. different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) はい
Default keyboard shortcuts 部分的. less default shortcuts ([72]) はい. more default shortcuts ([73])
Add watermarks to pages 部分的. support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. はい (text and picture watermarks)
Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) いいえ. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) はい
Document/text translation いいえ (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. はい ([74])
Decorative page borders いいえ (tdf#39270) はい
Horizontal split view of the same document いいえ (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. はい
Outline view いいえ (tdf#38262), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings はい
Draft view いいえ (tdf#67698) はい
Upload to blog servers いいえ, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher. はい (Sharepoint Blog, Wordpress, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, TypePad, MetaWebLog API)
Digital pen usage / ink gestures いいえ はい [75]. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Transform document into a Sway web page いいえ はい. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Line by line reading of text いいえ はい. 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) はい. 506 functions (27 functions unique to Calc) はい. 473 functions (19 functions unique to Excel)
Comparison of two spreadsheet files はい いいえ
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) はい いいえ
Hyphenation of text in cells はい いいえ
AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type はい いいえ ([76])
Export to XHTML はい いいえ
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) はい いいえ
OpenFormula standard はい. largely supported 部分的
Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) はい. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) 部分的 in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version.
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents はい. support for Numbers v1-3 [77], see also this comparison いいえ
Maximum number of columns per sheet 部分的. 1,024 (tdf#50916) はい. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
Table styles 部分的. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762,tdf#44763) はい
Record a macro 部分的. limited support [78] はい
Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer 部分的. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) はい
Statistical / Analysis toolkit 部分的. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression 部分的. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
Chart styles いいえ (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) 部分的. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Power Pivot⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg features いいえ はい
Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel いいえ (tdf#74665, tdf#81530,tdf#70361,tdf#72992, tdf#97832) はい.
Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table いいえ (work around: using function VLOOKUP) はい ([79])
Integration of external data sources いいえ. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. はい. 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 はい. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) はい. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
Import MS Access databases 部分的. via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) はい
Multi-Core Processing / multithreading 部分的. 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". はい. 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 いいえ はい
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 6.3 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Flexible CSV export はい. supported ([86], [87]) いいえ
Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters はい (List of Regular Expressions) いいえ
View clone of spreadsheet in new window はい. independent window いいえ. cannot be moved outside the application window
Median in PivotTable はい tdf#61700 いいえ [88]
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs はい いいえ
Use English function names はい. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English いいえ
Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet はい いいえ
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) はい いいえ
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) はい いいえ
Import & Export Pocket Excel はい. supported (requires Java) いいえ
Ability to rotate entire chart はい いいえ
PDF export of comments はい. export of comments according to PDF specification いいえ
Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) はい いいえ (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
Import from Gnumeric はい (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) いいえ
Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image はい いいえ
Export sheet/table as .png image はい いいえ
Formatting of cells はい. 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. 部分的. less features
Additional cell format types はい. 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. 部分的 Engineering notation via custom formats.
Support negative year date (BCE) はい. 部分的 Using work-arounds.
Conditional formatting: icon sets 部分的. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). 部分的. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format 部分的 (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) はい
Formulae with entire columns or entire rows 部分的 (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) はい
Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [89] 部分的. less default shortcuts ([90], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) はい. more default shortcuts ([91], [92], [93])
Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) 部分的. supported for select protected/unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. はい 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 いいえ はい [94]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point いいえ (only manually) はい
Chart type: xyz / surface charts いいえ, basic workaround [95] (tdf#51670) はい
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) いいえ (tdf#50934) はい
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool いいえ (via extension GeOOo) はい. Map charts and "3D Maps".
Different chart types for different data series いいえ (tdf#35629) はい
Printing of selected chart only いいえ, workarounds [96], [97] (tdf#45893) はい
Automatized analysis and visualization features いいえ はい 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 いいえ (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. はい
Chart recommendations いいえ はい
'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings いいえ はい
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) いいえ, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline はい
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines いいえ (tdf#36943) はい
Cell background options 部分的. background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells はい. background color, pattern, gradient
Copy only visible cells いいえ (tdf#36466), extension: Copy only visible cells はい

Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Major Feature Differences LO Impress 6.3 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Hyphenation support はい いいえ
Export to XHTML はい いいえ
Export to HTML はい いいえ (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to Flash format (SWF) はい いいえ
Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS はい いいえ
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets はい. for Android smartphones/tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. 部分的. for WindowsPhone 8 and Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
3D slide transitions はい. ​macOS, Linux, Windows 部分的. ​macOS, Windows
Edit embedded videos 部分的. via external programs はい. directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments 部分的 はい
Animated effects 部分的. supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/shake/vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) はい
Trim embedded video or audio いいえ はい. supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) いいえ (tdf#38263) はい. supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [100]
Slides editable during presentation いいえ (tdf#34965) はい
SmartArt diagrams いいえ (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension はい
Save highlights and drawings during presentation いいえ (tdf#51928) はい
Compare presentations いいえ はい
Broadcast presentation on the Internet いいえ. only via export to PDF or SWF はい. 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 いいえ はい
Record a slide show いいえ (tdf#34959) はい
Slide design suggestions いいえ はい via Powerpoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version in Windows and macOS)
Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen いいえ はい. 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 はい. 12 部分的. 9
Text background colour in text boxes はい いいえ
PDF export of comments はい. export of comments according to PDF specification いいえ
Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation はい いいえ
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM はい いいえ
Import of Apple Keynote files はい. support for Keynote v1-6 [101] いいえ
Embedding of fonts in presentation file はい 部分的. 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 はい. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) 部分的. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides 部分的. limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([103]). はい. powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts 部分的. less default shortcuts ([104]) はい. more default shortcuts ([105], [106])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations いいえ はい [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 いいえ はい. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
"Morph" transition type いいえ はい [108]
Creation of automatically starting presentations いいえ, extension: ImpressRunner はい
Export presentation to video formats いいえ (tdf#34959) はい. supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
Slide zoom and pan いいえ (tdf#38263) はい
Option to save as picture presentation いいえ (tdf#93589) はい

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 はい いいえ. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
SQL syntax highlighting はい いいえ
Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise はい. Plus MySQL as extension.[109] いいえ. no, via ODBC
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book はい いいえ
Native JDBC driver はい いいえ
Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format はい いいえ
Database engine はい. 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 部分的. Jet
Integration of MS Outlook address book 部分的. 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. はい
Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application 部分的. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([110]) (tdf#51872) はい
Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: 部分的. 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) はい
Edit MS Access files 部分的. 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. はい
Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server いいえ. no, via ODBC はい
Crosstab queries いいえ. not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) はい
"Linked tables" capability いいえ. not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) はい
Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format いいえ はい
Import data from XML, HTML いいえ はい
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 6.3 MS Access 2019 / 365
Native connector for: dBase databases はい いいえ. not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files はい いいえ
Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database はい いいえ
Native connector for: SharePoint lists いいえ はい
Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 いいえ はい
Web service data connection いいえ はい
Password protection of database いいえ (tdf#70638) はい
Calculations in database tables いいえ (tdf#72787) はい

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 of JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF format.
  • 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