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What are ABW files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ABW file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your ABW files.

What is an ABW file?

An .ABW file is an AbiWord Document file.

Files that contain the .abw file extension are most commonly associated with the AbiWord word processing software application. AbiWord is a free word processing software that has been created by the AbiSource software community.

The ABW file format is the default document format for the AbiWord word processing software, and the format is based on XML. The ABW file format allows for advanced document layouts, rich text formatting, lists, tables, images, and footnotes. ABW files are similar in nature to Microsoft Word DOC files; however, unlike Microsoft Word files, the AbiWord program can run on almost any computer operating system. AbiWord has the option to save documents in compressed form, too, in which case they use file extension ZABW.

How to open ABW files

We have identified one ABW opener that is compatible with this specific type of ABW file.

Programs that open AbiWord Document files


Last updated: July 31, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of ABW files. Remember, different programs may use ABW files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

TinyWordTinyWordUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
JJWordJJWordUser submitted
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