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To learn LibreOffice Base are there introductions or tutorials?

asked 2016-11-03 01:09:30 +0200

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How is the best way to quickly and comprehensively learn to use LibreOffice Base?

This might seem like an obvious question that needs no answer here. A web search turns up many pages. There are the official help pages. But even they are not complete, nor that useful.

(Please do NOT close this question. I think it would be best to leave questions like this open so it can be extended and answers voted on, to make it an even better resource for students.)

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answered 2016-11-03 01:10:57 +0200

EasyTrieve gravatar image

updated 2018-10-13 20:32:58 +0200


LO 6.1 help.


  • I think this video tutorial is an excellent and comprehensive way to learn base! For those of us who already know how to use MS Access or the like, it may seem a little slow, but it does a great job of thoroughly covering all of the minor details that are so necessary to know if you really want to use Base.



When starting from, the documentation was a bit hard to find. Look here.

Because browsing is a little slow you might want to download pdf manuals, but there's a trick: Select the page you want, then click PDF (but you won't get the manual yet). Then click on Download as PDF in the left pane under Print/export. Once rendering is finished click Download to get the pdf file. (a fork of OpenOffice)

LibreOffice Basic Help

Base Handbook 4.0 (database) - 259 pages overall.

The newer documentation is found at the LibreOffice Document Foundation wiki site, and includes:


Andrew Pitonyak



1) HyperSQLdb aka HSQLDB (the default "Embedded database" in LibreOffice/OpenOffice). Abbreviated HSQL. (Not to be confused with HeidiSQL).

Note! Even thought it doesn't say it here, the installed version in LO is currently the older HSQL 1.8, not 2.3!

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New 2.3 features can only be used if you split your database (i.e. use a connector to V2.3), and not use the "Embedded database".

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2) Firebird - The new, upcoming default embedded data base to someday take over in place of HSQLDB.

3) MariaDB ... (more)

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answered 2017-05-01 12:07:03 +0200

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Go to and click GET HELP and then select DOCUMENTATION. You arrive at the LO Documentation page.

AOO has manuals - see AOO Documentation

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