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How to use Remote Service in LibreOffice 5.1?

asked 2016-01-26 03:23:31 +0200

hwtan gravatar image

updated 2016-03-10 13:44:37 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I am so glad that LO 5.1 supports Remote Service, that enable user to save a file in the cloud like Onedrive. However, there is no information about the setting of the remote servers. I have a Onedrive account which I like to work directly with LO. In the RC 2 of LO5.1 Under the Remote file, where can I find the information for :

host share user (ok this I know) Label (ok this probably the user can decide himself) Root

Could anyone help me up on this?

Thank you

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I tried various combination for Google Drive. I came up with the same message: 'Error saving the document Untitled1:The specified device is invalid' I am not certain why this feature has been touted in the press releases, but there is no information on how one actually can use it.

rhanksjr gravatar imagerhanksjr ( 2016-02-14 06:01:45 +0200 )edit

I have the same problem with Calc. I apparently open a remote file, but when I try to save it, it doesn't succeed and on the remote storage (Google Drive) there is no file, neither an error message: Is there some configuration to do before?

thank you roberto

rgull gravatar imagergull ( 2016-03-10 08:44:51 +0200 )edit

I get the device invalid when I try and save my credentials for google drive

chuck333 gravatar imagechuck333 ( 2016-05-06 20:50:03 +0200 )edit

I've tried using it to open documents from Google Drive, but regardless of whether I use my name with or without the "", I get a "general input/output error". I have never seen this function actually work. Of course, the other issue, if it ever works, will be to see if it can open "Google Docs" (the ones that don't exist as actual files on Google Drive), or are you limited to actual physical files (in which case the utility is not much use to me anyway).

jelabarre59 gravatar imagejelabarre59 ( 2016-07-29 16:51:22 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-06-05 01:30:29 +0200

Francewhoa gravatar image

updated 2017-12-23 21:06:50 +0200

Hi hwtan :)

host share user (ok this I know)

"Host" is the server URL. For example

Label (ok this probably the user can decide himself) Root

"Label" could be anything to your liking. For example Linode server 123456 LibreOffice 5.x

The "Label" is for you to give a name for this connection. This name will show in the Service listbox of the Open or Save remote files dialog.

Find the documentation and more examples about remote files at

Related to remote files, the cloud version of LibreOffice is called "LibreOffice Online"

The official wiki documentation about LibreOffice Online is at

That page contains links to information about setting up LibreOffice Online on remote servers

If you are a developer, for LibreOffice Online support requests, bug reports, new feature requests find that official Bugzilla tool at

To join the efforts and contribute go to
Then find the instructions under the "Development" section.

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Please don't add irrelevant comments based on the fact that a given question contains some selected word (like "cloud"), without trying to understand what is asked. Posting this way looks like a spam to asker who will get such irrelevant notification, especially when you post to an old question like this (asked 4 months ago), and will create a bad image of our forum.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-06-05 08:23:05 +0200 )edit

Thanks Mike :) I agree. I updated my reply accordingly.

Francewhoa gravatar imageFrancewhoa ( 2017-12-23 21:09:22 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-11-27 13:23:23 +0200

Stephen gravatar image

FWIW, I've just tried several times with this, using Windows 10. Got the ''The specified device is invalid'' and no information on this site about how to fix this problem.

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answered 2017-03-12 12:15:21 +0200

Lea gravatar image

Hello, I've the same problem on LibreOffice 5.2.5. Is there any solution?

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