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odfmeta - Man Page

List or change the metadata of an ODF file


odfmeta [-l] [-v] [-V] [-c] [-d] [-x metafield...] [-X metafield...] [-a metafield...] [-A metafield...] [-I metafield...] [-o path] path


odfmeta is a program that will list or change the metadata in an OpenDocument file. This is useful for version control systems. You can change title, keywords, description etc.

“Path” is assumed to be an OpenDocument file of text, spreadsheet or presentation type.



List (extract) all known metadata fields.

-v or -V

Print the version number of the ODF document format. If you use -V it will print "version:" before the number for compatibility with -X. The version number can´t be modified.


Make field values continous by normalizing white space. Might be convenient when postprocessing with standard (line oriented) text utilities.


Update the modification date to the current date and time.

-x metafield

Extract the contents of this metafield from the file. Known field names are creation-date, creator, date, description, editing-cycles, editing-duration, generator, initial-creator, keyword, language, print-date, printed-by, subject, title, user-defined. All other names are assumed to be user defined.

-X metafield

Same as -x, but also preserves/includes the field name.

-a metafield

Append a custom metafield to the metadata; but only if a similar field does not exist yet.

-A metafield

Append a custom metafield to the metadata in any case.

-I metafield

Append a custom metafield to the metadata and remove any existing similar field.

-o path

Filename to write modified ODT file to. If no -o option is provided, the ODT file will be written to stdout.


odfmeta -l odf-file.odt
odfmeta -I "title:The Little Engine That Could" -A subject:I-think-I-can -o newfile.odt source.odt

See Also

formail(1), id3tag(1)


All known versions of OpenOffice.org keep only four <meta:user-defined> elements. If you add more than those, you´ll loose them next time you save with OpenOffice.org. KOffice keeps only one <meta:keyword> element.


Søren Roug

Original author


03/15/2009 odfpy User commands