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Plone ONLYOFFICE integration plugin

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Plone ONLYOFFICE integration plugin

This plugin allows users to edit office documents within Plone using ONLYOFFICE Document Server - Community or Integration Edition.


The plugin allows to:

  • Create and edit text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Share documents with other users.
  • Co-edit documents in real-time: use two co-editing modes (Fast and Strict), Track Changes, comments, and built-in chat.

Supported formats:

  • For viewing and editing: docx, xlsx, pptx.
  • For converting to OOXML formats (docx, xlsx, pptx): doc, docm, dot, dotx, epub, htm, html, odp, odt, pot, potm, potx, pps, ppsm, ppsx, ppt, pptm, rtf, xls, xlsm, xlsx, xlt, xltm, xltx.

Installing ONLYOFFICE Document Server

You will need an instance of ONLYOFFICE Document Server that is resolvable and connectable both from Plone and any end-clients. ONLYOFFICE Document Server must also be able to POST to Plone directly.

You can install free Community version of ONLYOFFICE Document Server or scalable enterprise-level Integration Edition.

To install free Community version, use Docker (recommended) or follow these instructions for Debian, Ubuntu, or derivatives.

To install Integration Edition, follow instructions here.

Community Edition vs Integration Edition comparison can be found here.

Installing Plone ONLYOFFICE integration plugin

Install plugin by adding it to your buildout.cfg:



eggs =

and then running bin/buildout

To enable plugin, go to Site Setup -> Add-onsand press the Install button.

Configuring Plone ONLYOFFICE integration plugin

To configure plugin go to Site Setup. Scroll down to Add-ons Configuration section and press the ONLYOFFICE Configuration button.

How it works

The ONLYOFFICE integration follows the API documented here:

  • User navigates to a document within Plone and selects the ONLYOFFICE Edit action.
  • Plone prepares a JSON object for the Document Server with the following properties:
    • url: the URL that ONLYOFFICE Document Server uses to download the document;
    • callbackUrl: the URL that ONLYOFFICE Document Server informs about status of the document editing;
    • key: the UUID+Modified Timestamp to instruct ONLYOFFICE Document Server whether to download the document again or not;
    • title: the document Title (name).
  • Plone constructs a page from a .pt template, filling in all of those values so that the client browser can load up the editor.
  • The client browser makes a request for the javascript library from ONLYOFFICE Document Server and sends ONLYOFFICE Document Server the docEditor configuration with the above properties.
  • Then ONLYOFFICE Document Server downloads the document from Plone and the user begins editing.
  • ONLYOFFICE Document Server sends a POST request to the callback URL to inform Plone that a user is editing the document.
  • When all users and client browsers are done with editing, they close the editing window.
  • After 10 seconds of inactivity, ONLYOFFICE Document Server sends a POST to the callback URL letting Plone know that the clients have finished editing the document and closed it.
  • Plone downloads the new version of the document, replacing the old one.

Developing Plone ONLYOFFICE plugin

  • Clone repository and change directory
git clone --branch deploy
cd onlyoffice-plone
  • Create a virtualenv in the package
  • Install requirements with pip
  • Run buildout
virtualenv --clear .
./bin/pip install -r requirements.txt
  • Start Plone in foreground
./bin/instance fg

Note that Plone is based on Zope server and will not run as root user. If you intend to run it as root user. You must supply effective-user directive. In order to do so add effective-user <username> line to ./parts/instance/etc/zope.conf.

ONLYOFFICE Document Server editions

ONLYOFFICE offers different versions of its online document editors that can be deployed on your own servers.

ONLYOFFICE Document Server:

  • Community Edition (onlyoffice-documentserver package)
  • Integration Edition (onlyoffice-documentserver-ie package)

The table below will help you make the right choice.

Pricing and licensing Community Edition Integration Edition
Get it now Start Free Trial
Cost FREE Go to the pricing page
Simultaneous connections up to 20 maximum As in chosen pricing plan
Number of users up to 20 recommended As in chosen pricing plan
License GNU AGPL v.3 Proprietary
Support Community Edition Integration Edition
Documentation Help Center Help Center
Standard support GitHub or paid One year support included
Premium support Buy Now Buy Now
Services Community Edition Integration Edition
Conversion Service + +
Document Builder Service + +
Interface Community Edition Integration Edition
Tabbed interface + +
White Label - -
Integrated test example (node.js) - +
Plugins & Macros Community Edition Integration Edition
Plugins + +
Macros + +
Collaborative capabilities Community Edition Integration Edition
Two co-editing modes + +
Comments + +
Built-in chat + +
Review and tracking changes + +
Display modes of tracking changes + +
Version history + +
Document Editor features Community Edition Integration Edition
Font and paragraph formatting + +
Object insertion + +
Content control + +
Layout tools + +
Table of contents + +
Navigation panel + +
Mail Merge + +
Spreadsheet Editor features Community Edition Integration Edition
Font and paragraph formatting + +
Object insertion + +
Functions, formulas, equations + +
Table templates + +
Pivot tables +* +*
Presentation Editor features Community Edition Integration Edition
Font and paragraph formatting + +
Object insertion + +
Animations + +
Presenter mode + +
Notes + +
Get it now Start Free Trial

*Changing style and deleting (Full support coming soon)


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  • Edit option for DOCX, XLSX, PPTX.
  • View template for documents
  • Configuration page

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