abiword — flexible cross-platform word processor
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],
- Specifies window geometry at startup.
- -E PLUGIN,
- Execute the specified plugin instead of the main
- Import the given file as if it had extension EXT,
overriding automatic file type detection.
- -u PROFILE,
- Use PROFILE to read and store settings instead of
the default XDG_CONFIG_HOME/abiword/profile.
- -t DEST,
- Convert the given file to another format, writing the
result to DEST. The format of DEST is determined by its
See also --to=FORMAT and --to-name.
- -t 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 necessary). See also
- The more popular values for FORMAT include:
||Abiword XML format (zabw for gzip, bzabw for bzip2
||Microsoft Word binary format
||Office Open XML (newer Microsoft Word versions)
||Hypertext Markup Language
||Portable Document Format
||Rich Text Format
||OpenOffice.org Writer 1.0
- Only useful in conjunction with
--to=FORMAT. Specifies where the converted document
shall be written to.
- Set level of verbosity [0-2], 2 giving the most detailed
- -h, --help
- Display a short help message and exit.
- Report the version of AbiWord.
- Defines the user's home directory.
- Defines the base directory relative to which user specific
configuration files should be stored. (See the XDG Base Directory
Specification for details.)
- The default user profile file. (If XDG_CONFIG_HOME
is either not set or empty, a default equal to HOME/.config will be
To convert the document example.abw
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
Report bugs to the Bugzilla bug tracking system at
AbiWord was started in 1998 by AbiSource Inc., a company founded by SourceGear
corporation. 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 product 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