ODM File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ODM file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ODM files.

What is an ODM file?

Files that contain the .odm file extension are most commonly associated with the OpenOffice OpenDocument software application.

This freeware application was created to allow for the exchange of word processing documents across a variety of different word processing applications and computer platforms. It was also intended to be a free alternative to the more costly and "corporate" Microsoft Word word processing software.

The ODM documents that are used by this application contain global text documents that are saved in the XML file format.

The OverDrive Media Console has also been known to use the .odm file suffix. These ODM files contain the media control files that are used by the application.

How to open ODM files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ODM for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ODM openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension ODM

While we know of one file format using the .ODM file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .ODM file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
OpenOffice.org BaseOpenOffice.org BaseUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
OverDrive Media ConsoleOverDrive Media ConsoleUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordUser submitted
StarOfficeStarOfficeUser submitted
OverDriveOverDriveUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ODM-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with ODM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!