How to open ODT files

Did your computer fail to open an ODT file? We explain what ODT files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is an ODT file?

The .odt file extension is given to office document text files that have been created in the OpenOffice and StarOffice word processing applications. These applications use the the OASIS OpenDocument XML standard, which allows users to use documents across multiple operating systems and applications.

The OpenOffice and StarOffice applications are freeware alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite. The programs were actually created with the intention of reducing Microsoft's market share and to provide the public with a free alternative to the costly Microsoft applications. Files with the .odt extension may contain word processing documents like Microsoft Word docs or spreadsheet documents that are comparable to the spreadsheets produced in Excel.

Software that will open, convert or fix ODT files

These apps are known to open certain types of ODT files. Since many different programs may use ODT files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific ODT file.

We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with ODT-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with ODT-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!