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Python library for OpenDocument Format

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Python library for OpenDocument format (ODF)


odfdo is a Python3 library implementing the ISO/IEC 26300 OpenDocument Format standard.



License: Apache License, Version 2.0

odfdo is a derivative work of the former lpod-python project.


Installation from Pypi (recommended):

pip install odfdo

Installation from sources (requiring setuptools):

pip install .

After installation from sources, you can check everything is working (some requirements: pytest, Pillow, ...):


The tests should run for a few seconds or minutes and issue no error.


from odfdo import Document, Paragraph

doc = Document('text')
doc.body.append(Paragraph("Hello world!"))"hello.odt")


'Intended Audience :: Developers'


There is no detailed documentation or tutorial, but:

  • the recipes folder contains more than 50 working sample scripts,
  • the doc folder contains an auto generated documentation.

When installing odfdo, 5 scripts are installed:

  • odfdo-diff: show a diff between two .odt document.
  • odfdo-folder: convert standard ODF file to folder and files, and reverse.
  • odfdo-show: dump text from an ODF file to the standard output, and optionally styles and meta informations.
  • odfdo-styles: command line interface tool to manipulate styles of ODF files.
  • odfdo-replace: find a pattern (regex) in an ODF file and replace by some string.
  • odfdo-highlight: highlight the text matching a pattern (regex) in an ODF file.

About styles: the best way to apply style is by merging styles from a template document into your generated document (See odfdo-styles script). Styles are a complex matter in ODF, so trying to generate styles programmatically is not recommended.


odfdo is intended to facilitate the generation of ODF documents, nevertheless a basic knowledge of the ODF format is necessary.

ODF document rendering can vary greatly from software to software. Especially the "styles" of the document allow an adaptation of the rendering for a particular software.

The best (only ?) way to apply style is by merging styles from a template document into your generated document.

Related project

I you work on .ods files (spreadsheet), you may be interested by these scripts that use this library to parse/generate .ods files: and

Changes from former lpod library

lpod-python was written in 2009-2010 as a Python 2.x library, see:

odfdo is an adaptation of this former project. odfdo main changes from lpod:

  • odfdo requires Python version 3.9 to 3.12. For Python 3.6 to 3.8 see previous releases.
  • API change: more pythonic.
  • include recipes.
  • use Apache 2.0 license.

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