ODS File - opening and understanding

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

What is an ODS file?

ODS stands for Open Document Spreadsheet. Files that contain the .ods file extension are normally created by the OpenOffice and StarOffice spreadsheet or "calculator" applications.

The OpenOffice and StarOffice applications are open-source office suite products that were created as a free alternative to the costly Microsoft Excel product. These programs allow the interchange of spreadsheet files between different software applications. For example, if a user creates a spreadsheet in Excel, a user running OpenOffice can open that spreadsheet without having to have Excel installed on his or her system.

ODS files are created using the XML-based standard. They contain spreadsheets which contain columns, rows and text that are similar to the files created by the Microsoft Excel application.

How to open ODS 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 ODS for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension ODS

While we know of one file format using the .ODS 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 .ODS file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
Hancom Office HancellHancom Office HancellUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice CalcLibreOffice CalcUser submitted
StarOffice CalcStarOffice CalcUser submitted
Microsoft ExcelMicrosoft ExcelUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
OOo4Kids CalcOOo4Kids CalcUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ODS-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 ODS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!