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odt2txt — a simple converter from OpenDocument Text to plain text


odt2txt [Options] FILENAME


odt2txt is a command-line tool which extracts the text out of OpenDocument Texts, as produced by OpenOffice.org, KOffice, StarOffice and others.

odt2txt can also extract text from some file formats similar to OpenDocument Text, such as OpenOffice.org XML (*.sxw), which was used by OpenOffice.org version 1.x and older StarOffice versions. To a lesser extend, odt2txt may be useful to extract content from OpenDocument spreadsheets (*.ods) and OpenDocument presentations (*.odp).

The FILENAME argument is mandatory.



Wrap text lines after WIDTH characters. The default value is 65, which means that any words which would extend beyond column 65 are moved to a new line.

If WIDTH is set to -1 then no lines will be broken


Write output to FILE and not to standard output.


Select which non-ascii characters shall be replaced by ascii look-a-likes. Valid values for SUBST are all, some and none.

--subst=all Substitute all characters for which substitutions are known

--subst=some Substitute all characters which the output charset does not contain This is the default

--subst=none Substitute no characters


Do not try to autodetect the terminal encoding, but convert the document to encoding X unconditionally To find out, which terminal encoding will be used in automatic mode, use --encoding=show


Print raw XML


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2008-06-23 odt2txt 0.4 User Commands