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Flexible cross-platform word processor.

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abiword — flexible cross-platform word processor


abiword [OPTIONS] [FILENAME...]


AbiWord is a full-featured, efficient word processing application suitable for a wide range of word processing tasks, and extensible with a variety of plugins. It integrates with enchant(1) to provide spell-checking.


-g WxH[+X+Y], --geometry=WxH[+X+Y] Specifies window geometry at startup. -E PLUGIN, --plugin=PLUGIN Execute the specified plugin instead of the main application. --import-extension=EXT Import the given file as if it had extension EXT, overriding automatic file type detection. -u PROFILE, --userprofile=PROFILE Use PROFILE to read and store settings instead of the default XDG_CONFIG_HOME/abi‐ word/profile. -t DEST, --to=DEST Convert the given file to another format, writing the result to DEST. The format of DEST is determined by its extension. See also --to=FORMAT and --to-name. -t FORMAT, --to=FORMAT Convert the given files(s) to the given format. Unless explicitly specified with --to-name, the original filename will be used (with a different extension, if nec‐ essary). See also EXAMPLES. The more popular values for FORMAT include: abw Abiword XML format (zabw for gzip, bzabw for bzip2 compression) dbk DocBook XML doc Microsoft Word binary format docx Office Open XML (newer Microsoft Word versions) html Hypertext Markup Language kwd KWord odt OpenDocument Text pdf Portable Document Format rtf Rich Text Format sxw Writer 1.0 txt Plain text --to-name=DEST Only useful in conjunction with --to=FORMAT. Specifies where the converted docu‐ ment shall be written to. --verbose=LEVEL Set level of verbosity [0-2], 2 giving the most detailed output. -h, --help Display a short help message and exit. --version Report the version of AbiWord.


HOME Defines the user's home directory. XDG_CONFIG_HOME Defines the base directory relative to which user specific configuration files should be stored. (See the XDG Base Directory Specification for details.)


XDG_CONFIG_HOME/abiword/profile The default user profile file. (If XDG_CONFIG_HOME is either not set or empty, a default equal to HOME/.config will be used.)


To convert the document example.abw to RTF: abiword --to=rtf example.abw The resulting file will be named example.rtf. To print a document: abiword --to=ps --to-name=fd://1 FILENAME | lp


Report bugs to the Bugzilla bug tracking system at <>.




AbiWord was started in 1998 by AbiSource Inc., a company founded by SourceGear corpora‐ tion. The initial plan was to build a free office suite named AbiSuite, encompassing word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. As they didn't have a usable prod‐ uct when their venture capital was up, the code already developed (namely AbiWord) was made open source. AbiWord development was subsequently taken over by volunteers and is driven by the community to date.
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