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This package adds support for exporting of Orgmode files to OpenDocumentText.

The latest version of this document is available at

Web page

Compatibility with Official Orgmode

:PROPERTIES: :CUSTOM_ID: compatibility :END:

This release is is as good as org-20110613 (git commit c4737ae)* with *only the following changes left out.

| git commit | Description | |------------+------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2f50b1 | add an alternate for inline images | | 49e6bc | Fix for html & docbook export of desc list items | | a201b1 | Fix HTML export of footnotes with lists, tables, quotes. | | 9f57b8 | Mixed export of numbered and unnumbered sections in HTML | | 438536 | Revert "Change underscores to hyphens in section labels" | | 33bae1 | Revert "Fix markup problems when using references in source fragments" | | fa12fe | Revert "org-html.el: Fix export of table.el tables." | | f72541 | Revert "HTML export -- Allow to change the name of the global DIV" |

Implementation Details

    This package enhances Orgmode in the following manner:
  1. A new line-oriented generic exporter
  2. All new html exporter re-implemented as a plugin to (1).
  3. A odt backend as a plugin to (1).

Feature (1) is provided by org-lparse.el. Feture (2) is provided by lisp/org-html.el. Feature (3) is provided by lisp/org-odt.el.

The new html exporter is feature-compatible with the official html exporter.

Notes for Reviewers and Fellow Developers

org-lparse is the entry point for the generic exporter and drives html and odt backends.

org-do-lparse is the genericized version of the original org-export-as-html routine.

C-h v org-lparse-native-backends is a good starting point for exploring the generic exporter.

Package Layout

  • odt/README.org
  • odt/lisp/
  • org-lparse.el
    Generic line-oriented exporter
    All new XHTML exporter
    The OpenDocumentText backend
  • contrib/odt/tests
  • org-mode-unicorn.png
    Sample files for validating the exporter
  • contrib/odt/styles
  • OrgOdtAutomaticStyles.xml
    The default styles.xml file used by
    the OpenDocumentText exporter.
    Automatic styles inserted in to content.xml
  • odt/BasicODConverter/
  • BasicODConverter-0.8.0.oxt
    OpenOffice extension for
    converting between various file formats supported by OpenOffice. A poor clone of unoconv.
    StarBasic files that contribute to the above
  • odt/OASIS
  • OpenDocument-v1.2-cs01-schema.rng
    Copy of
    Copy of
    Copy of
  • odt/etc/schema
  • od-schema-v1.1.rnc
    rnc files for above rng
    files. Generated using [[http://www.thaiopensource.com/relaxng/trang.html][trang]].
schema location file for auto validating the XML
files that form part of an OpenDocument file. Refer =C-h f rng-set-schema-file-and-validate= FILENAME and =C-h f rng-what-schema=.

All the above files have been submitted for inclusing in Emacs proper. See http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2011-06/msg00671.html

Obtaining OpenDocumentExporter

The OpenDocumentExporter could be downloaded by one of the following methods:

git checkout

Checkout URL

Conventional tar

Download URL

ELPA Tarball

Archive URL

The tarball is distributed as an org-odt package (for example org-odt-20110519.tar).

You need to have an Org build >= org-20110626 for the exporter to function properly.

The most hassle-free way to download and install org-odt is through ELPA.

More help on all the above methods are available at http://orgmode.org/worg/org-faq.html.

Test driving the Exporter

Once the package is installed in to your load-path, use C-u M-x org-odt-unit-test to visit an example org file bundled with this package.

  1. Use C-c C-e O to export the buffer to OpenDocumentText.
  2. Use M-x org-lparse or M-x org-lparse-and-open for
  3. exporting to MS doc format.
  4. Use M-x org-export-convert on a buffer visiting odt file.

Steps 2 and 3 require that a converter be installed on the system. See this FAQ entry for more information on this.

Misc. Info
This package re-implements HTML exporter as
well. You will see the following warning message *"Exporting to HTML using org-lparse..."* while you are exporting using new HTML exporter.
If you are using BasicODConverter, you can use steps 2 and
3 for exporting an Org outline to presentation formats like OpenOffice Impress (odp) and Microsoft Powerpoint (ppt)
Know Issues
If you have dvipng installed it is possible that
the exported odt file has embedded images clobbered. This is *not* a bug in the exporter but seems like a bug in the package installer. See http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-emacs/2011-06/msg00445.html.

Bug Reports and Feature Requests

Send in your bug report and feature requests to emacs-orgmode@gnu.org or to kjambunathan at gmail dot com.

Please search the Mailing List Archive - http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/ for =org-odt= before posting a question or a request either to me or the mailing list.

Posting to mailing list is preferable. It is possible that your post helps another user out there.

Possible Feature Enhacmentes

TODO Support for fontification of babel blocks

May require enhancements to htmlfontify or htmlize packages.

TODO Enhance table.el to support Odt format

TODO Add support for exporting to odp

Use OpenOffice's File->Send->{Outline to Presentation | AutoAbstract to Presentation}. Also see


TODO Support for generating MathML for LaTeX fragments

See http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-03/msg01755.html

Frequently Asked Questions

What features does the OpenDocumentExporter support?

At the moment, the exporter supports the following most commonly used features of Org

  • Various Character Styles
  • Various Paragraph Styles (including Source Blocks)
  • Embedded ODT
  • Embedded MathML
  • Numbered, Bulleted and Description lists
  • Embedding and Resizing of Images including embedding of LaTeX fragments
  • Fuzzy, Dedicated and Radio Targets and Links
  • Tables
  • Footnotes
  • Outline Numbering and Table Of Contents
  • Special markups for elements like TODOs, Timestamps and Tags

The exporter is quite usable and stable.

Is OpenDocumentExporter part of Orgmode or Emacs?

Not yet. I have expressed my willingness to merge this package in to official Orgmode and thus to Emacs. The current maintainer of Orgmode - Bastien Guerry bzg at gnu.org - has agreed to consider the package for integration. If you are interested in having this package merged with Orgmode send your requests to the maintainer.

For the sake of record, I am the sole author of the changes included in this package and I am consenting to have this work or derivative works make it's way into Emacs proper. My FSF copyright assignment number is #618390.

How does it compare with official Orgmode

For information about the latest release see this. For general information refer http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-05/msg00751.html.

How can I export via command line?

See the following post http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-04/msg00952.html.

How can I export to doc or docx format?

:PROPERTIES: :CUSTOM_ID: converter :END: Here are the steps.

Install the converter program.

There are numerous converters that are available: unoconv, PyODConverter, JODConverter etc etc.

org-odt is distributed with it's own converter BasicODConverter. It is Basic not only because it is implemented in StarBasic but is a a very basic clone of unoconv.


Install BasicODConverter as a OpenOffice Extension.


If you prefer using unoconv as the converter add the following snippet to your =.emacs=.

;; not tested with unoconv (require 'org-html) (setq org-export-convert-process '("unoconv" "-f" "%f" "-o" "%d" "%i"))

Convert using new interactive functions

Export an Org buffer

Use M-x org-lparse or M-x org-lparse-and-open and follow the prompts. Use TAB for completion if you are not already using ido.

Additional Note
  1. If you are using BasicODConverter you can export an Org file
  2. to =odp= or =ppt= formats.
  3. You can convert csv files to xls format
  4. OpenOffice doesn't ship with mediawiki or docbook export
  5. filters by default. So make sure that these extensions are installed before trying out these converters.

Export an existing file

Use M-x org-export-convert to convert an existing file.

How can I apply custom styles?

See this thread: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-03/msg01460.html