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Is it possible to run LibreOffice and OpenOffice side by side?

asked 2021-02-21 15:29:27 +0200

Bobm gravatar image

Hi, I've been using OpenOffice pretty much since it came out but I need to supply stuff in Word format so I think I need to switch to LibreOffice. Is it possible to have both installed during the transition process or would I risk corrupting files?


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No corruption will arise. You only need to know that the two would "compete" for file associations for ODF files; that is only a cosmetic issue, that after every update of either suite, ODT/ODS/etc. will be associated with the just updated program (so double-clcking such file in file manager would open it in this program).

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2021-02-21 15:41:59 +0200 )edit

Many thanks Mike, apologies for not mentioning I've got 64-bit Windows 10, so nothing exotic. I see that OO hasn't been updated since 2017 (!) so competition unlikely. However I've disabled automatic updates just in case.

Bobm gravatar imageBobm ( 2021-02-21 16:24:54 +0200 )edit

Apache OpenOffice got an update a week or two ago. Just for your information.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2021-02-21 17:27:09 +0200 )edit

oh! that's curious because I had automatic updates selected and got the year from help/about.

Bobm gravatar imageBobm ( 2021-02-22 11:32:27 +0200 )edit

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answered 2021-02-21 15:41:50 +0200

keme gravatar image

Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice can be installed side by side on MacOS and MS Windows. Changing and mixing default file handler for the odf extensions between the two suites is also no problem, should that ever be necessary. I do it on all computers I regularly do my work on.

I have not tried on Linux, nor on the latest (Big Sur) MacOS incarnation.

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I have the both office suits and even run them simultaneously sometimes. No problem.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2021-02-21 17:30:43 +0200 )edit

Provided you don't open the same file simultaneously (or at least don't try to update it in both apps at the same time): one app is read-only, the other one is allowed to write.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2021-02-21 17:38:45 +0200 )edit

@ajlittoz: So you are saying that file locking methods for the two suites are not compatible, is that right? I wasn't aware. Thanks!

keme gravatar imagekeme ( 2021-02-21 18:53:54 +0200 )edit

@keme: not at all because I have no idea about the technology used. It is a wisdom rule: whenever you have multiple views on a document, only one view can be in write mode, otherwise it is a catastrophe with document destruction guaranteed.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2021-02-21 19:09:58 +0200 )edit

Quite right! I will proceed with due caution, as will (I am sure) Bobm. :-)

keme gravatar imagekeme ( 2021-02-21 19:15:10 +0200 )edit

I will indeed. Caution is my middle name! Thanks one and all!!

Bobm gravatar imageBobm ( 2021-02-22 11:33:15 +0200 )edit
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