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Cross-platform LibreOffice document conversion and printing

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LibreOffice Utils

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Headless (command line) operations on Word, Excel, Powerpoint and most other formats LibreOffice can handle for:

  • Doc => PDF conversion (LibreOffice only)
  • printing (to the system default printer only)

from Python command line using LibreOffice or Microsoft Word

.doc / .docx to PDF conversion

Convert a directory of .doc / .docx to .pdf by:

doc2pdf ~/Documents



The script can print an unlimited number of pages to an unwanted printer, possibly causing great expense or violation of private documents to a public printer. Use great care with these scripts, preferably to a local non-networked printer you are sitting next to.

doc2print ~/mydocs

The -exe parameter allows selecting the printing program. The script does not check that the files can be printed appropriately, it just prints. Thus use the -s parameter to select only the suffixes wanted. For example to print all Markdown files in a directory with Notepad++:

doc2print ~/mydocs -s .md -exe notepad++



Since the command-line globbing of LibreOffice conversion is broken, this program provides a sane workaround for mass document conversion using LibreOffice. LibreOffice is not thread-safe, so documents are converted or printed one at a time.

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