What are the 5.x Writer Import/Export Filters?

We see continual questions such as “Will LO import Wordperfect files?”. Import + export are done via Filters, and there are reported to be hundreds of them available. However, nowhere within the documentation has anybody thought to say what these filters are, nor which files they refer to, nor what programs they support, nor to provide a method to easily export the information. That makes life damn difficult for humble LO supporters trying to answer questions.

So, what filters are available for Writer files?

In fact, my calculation is 167 filters available within

5.x Calc filters

5.x Graphic filters

5.x Math + Base filters

5.x Impress filters

5.x Draw filters

LO-6.x Writer filters

Thank you for asking that question, Alex.

filters.odt (Writer version of filter.writer)

filters.ods (Calc version of filter.writer) (added 2015-11-18)

(filter.writer is hand-extracted from writer.xcd)

:~$ /opt/libreoffice5.0/program/soffice.bin --version
LibreOffice 437e4abdf9e72fd0a6e6f8697a0e659bc77f9b10
:~$ cat filter.writer | wc -l

Obtained from /opt/libreoffice5.0/share/registry/writer.xcd; Debian 6.0:

:~$ cat filter.writer | sort
"AbiWord Document" application/x-abiword Extensions:abw zabw
"Acta Mac v1-2 Document" Extensions:-
"Apple Pages 4" application/x-iwork-pages-sffpages Extensions:pages
"BeagleWorks/WordPerfect Works v1 Text Document" Extensions:-
"BroadBand eBook" application/x-sony-bbeb Extensions:lrf
"ClarisWorks/AppleWorks Text Document" application/clarisworks Extensions:cwk
"DOCMaker (v4) Document" Extensions:hqx zip
"eDOC (v2) Document" Extensions:hqx zip
"eReader eBook" application/vnd.palm Extensions:pdb
"FictionBook 2.0" application/x-fictionbook+xml Extensions:fb2 zip
"FullWrite Professional Document" Extensions:-
"GreatWorks Text Document" Extensions:-
"HanMac Word-J Document" Extensions:-
"HanMac Word-K Document" Extensions:-
"HTML Document" text/html Extensions:html htm
"LightWayText for Mac v4.5" Extensions:hqx zip
"Lotus WordPro Document" application/vnd.lotus-wordpro Extensions:lwp
"MacDoc v1 Document" Extensions:hqx zip
"MacWrite Document" application/macwriteii Extensions:mw mcw
"MacWriteII or MacWritePro Document" application/macwriteii Extensions:mw mcw
"Mariner Write Mac Classic v1.6 - v3.5" Extensions:mwd
"Microsoft Excel 4.0" application/vnd.ms-excel Extensions:xls xlw xlc xlm
"Microsoft Excel 5.0" application/vnd.ms-excel Extensions:xls xlc xlm xlw
"Microsoft Excel 95" application/vnd.ms-excel Extensions:xls xlc xlm xlw
"Microsoft WinWord 1/2/5" application/msword Extensions:doc
"Microsoft Word 2007-2013 XML" application/msword Extensions:docx docm
"Microsoft Word 2007-2013 XML Template" application/msword Extensions:dotx dotm
"Microsoft Word 6.0" application/msword Extensions:doc
"Microsoft Word 95" application/msword Extensions:doc
"Microsoft Word 95 Vorlage Template" application/msword Extensions:dot
"Microsoft Word 97-2003" application/msword Extensions:doc
"Microsoft Word 97-2003 Vorlage Template" application/msword Extensions:dot
"Microsoft Word for Mac (v1 - v5)" application/msword Extensions:doc
"Microsoft Works Document" application/vnd.ms-works Extensions:wps
"Microsoft Works for Mac Text Document (v1 - v4)" application/vnd.ms-works Extensions:wps
"MindWrite Document" Extensions:-
"MIZI Hangul WP 97" application/x-hwp Extensions:hwp
"More Mac v2-3 Document" Extensions:-
"Nisus Writer Mac Classic v3.4 - 6.5" Extensions:hqx zip
"Office Open XML Text Document" application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document Extensions:docx docm
"Office Open XML Text Template" application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template Extensions:dotx dotm
"OpenDocument Text Flat XML" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-flat-xml Extensions:fodt odt xml
"OpenOffice.org 1.0 Master Document" application/vnd.sun.xml.writer.global Extensions:sxg
"PalmDoc eBook" application/x-aportisdoc Extensions:pdb
"PDF - Portable Document Format" application/pdf Extensions:pdf
"Plucker eBook" application/prs.plucker Extensions:pdb
"RagTime Mac v2-3 Document" Extensions:-
"Rich Text Format" application/rtf Extensions:rtf
"StarOffice XML (Writer 6.0) (OpenOffice.org 1.0 Text Document)" application/vnd.sun.xml.writer Extensions:sxw
"StarOffice XML (Writer 6.0) Template (OpenOffice.org 1.0 Text Template)" application/vnd.sun.xml.writer.template Extensions:stw
"StarOffice XML (Writer 6.0) Web Template (OpenOffice.org 1.0 HTML Template)" application/vnd.sun.xml.writer.web Extensions:stw
"StarOffice XML (Writer/Global 6.0)" application/vnd.sun.xml.writer.global Extensions:sxg
"T602 Document" application/x-t602 Extensions:602 txt
"TeachText/SimpleText v1 Document" Extensions:hqx zip
"TealDoc eBook" application/vnd.palm Extensions:pdb
"Tex-Edit v2 Document" Extensions:hqx zip
"Text - Choose Encoding (Master Document)" text/plain Extensions:csv tsv tab txt
"Text (Writer/Web 8 Template)" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-web Extensions:oth
"WordPerfect Document" application/vnd.wordperfect Extensions:wpd
"WriteNow Document" Extensions:wn nx^d
"Writer 8 Document" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text Extensions:odt
"Writer 8 Document Template" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-template Extensions:ott
"Writer 8 Master Document Template (Writer/Global 8 Template)" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-master-template Extensions:otm
"Writer 8 Master Document (Writer/Global 8)" application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text-master Extensions:odm
"Writer Layout Dump" Extensions:xml
"WriterPlus Document" Extensions:-
"Writer Web HTML Help content" Extensions:-
"zTXT eBook" application/vnd.palm Extensions:pdb
"Z-Write 1.3 Document" Extensions:hqx zip

My calculation is:

  • Base: 1 filter
  • Calc: 40 filters
  • Graphics: 31 filters
  • Impress: 21 filters
  • Math: 5 filters
  • Writer: 69 filters

Thus, 167 filters in total

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