Opening ODT files

Have a problem opening a .ODT file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what ODT files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .ODT file type?

The .odt extension belongs to the Open Document Document (ODF) format and is used to denote ODF word processor files (ODT, Open Document Text). ODF is a standardized open and free XML-based format, covering many documents types (spreadsheets, word processor files, databases, presentations etc.) for office productivity solutions.

An .odt file is a platform-independent word processor file that can be opened, edited and saved in a number of open-source and commercial office suites. ODT files are natively supported by OpenOffice, an open office suite backed by Apache Software Foundation (ASF), and its many derivatives.

Internally, an .odt file is a ZIP-compressed XML directory tree with images and other resources stored in respective sub-folders and readily extractable from the .odt container. All images inside .odt files are stored as .bmp bitmaps.

ODT files are not supported by Microsoft Office products. There is no default association for the .odt extension in Windows, unless OpenOffice or a similar suite is installed.

Software to open or convert ODT files

You can open ODT files with the following programs:
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office by Microsoft Corporation
LibreOffice by The Document Foundation

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