Open Source Microsoft Word Alternatives

Popular open source Alternatives to Microsoft Word for Linux, Windows, Mac, Web, BSD and more. Explore 13 apps like Microsoft Word, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

Microsoft Word is a commercial word document processor for Windows. If you're looking for more info about Microsoft Word like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/17/2020 3:19:00 PM

Alternatives to Microsoft Word for all platforms with Open Source License

  • LibreOffice - Writer

    Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool. It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message, while Writer will make it look great.

    • It has virtually everything that MS Word does with exception of the most exotic functions - but it's 100% Open Source and 100% free. lharoldsJul 2019 • 12 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Well supported. Updated regularly, and best of all it's open source! Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is the same thing but open source, cross platform and not for profit. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice saved me through college. This world needs a solid open source alternative. emilycarlmrsApr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative! KuboFHromoslavMay 2017 • 27 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less! Guest • Dec 2016 • 35 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Offers pretty much everything Microsoft office does, but is free! FjjBJul 2019 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Definitely its good working piece of software. Made my CV in that. No need to use MS Word anymore. Guest • Jul 2019 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More straight-forward than Microsoft's product, and it's free! RemovedUserMay 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The closest I could find to a free MS Office alternative, does pretty much everything MS Word does. DanielPintoFeb 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • IT'S FREE. It' actively being developed, and its legit competition. Although, sometimes it turns text into gibberish. I don't know what that's about. Guest • Mar 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is better than Open Office. It could redraw the MS-Word-created diagrams which Open Office could not. Guest • May 2016 • 28 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is absolutely free and handles .docx and .doc files better than the other alternatives provided. Additionally, it supports more features than other alternatives like Google Docs. Guest • Jun 2017 • 11 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The newer Libre Office version (6.3.4) have less compatible than older version (6.2.8). The docx file when open is very wrong format that not acceptable. And saving file in docx file will make file read only that can't enable to editing. OpenOffice is better Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it is NOT from Microsoft. It is free Software without grabber etc. and it is in best form and quality. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Free, multiple platform, and probably the richest set of functionality, other than Microsoft Office Word. Word improved recently for the Mac, but is still not as good as on Windows, but LibreOffice is pretty much the same everywhere. Google Docs and IBM Docs are probably closest, otherwise, and have web forms. Apache OpenOffice seems to be losing momentum, would be nice if the code bases would merge, they'd focus on a combined effort. Guest • Jan 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is cross platform which is very useful when you need to edit a document in either windows, gnu/linux, and mac. Microsoft Office is not able to run on gnu/linux for now. 9y0xwefhpwApr 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Tries to provide a lot of useful tools. Opened a piece of artwork for me that nothing else would. Has a thesaurus (very,very, useful). The builder(s) deserve compensation for providing it. Guest • Dec 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice is the best free alternative to MS Office I have tried. It offers all I need in word processing software. It has a smart modern interface and does not require a steep learning curve if you are accustomed to MS Office. A truly great package. Guest • Apr 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't handle citations and referencing well. With Word you can use Endnote as an add-on. I can't see how to use citations and referencing built-in or add an add-on like Endnote. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's very easy to use, Small. I asked for a new feature. The team debugs fast. mohammadetemaddarNov 2016 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It handles large documents better than word does. Guest • Mar 2017 • 12 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lots of features, but still has compatibility issues with DOCX files. (Thanks to Microsoft) 3psilonMay 2018 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The worst UI and UX, easy to crash. rnicksonMar 2018 • 1 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Freedom. If you care about that go for LibreOffice. Also you've got pretty much the same common feature, which is quick enough for everyone. Word stay good if you really want to go deeper in some modificatio, but it's really not worth the price (alone without Office 365). Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Apache OpenOffice Writer

    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor. It supports the ISO standard Open Document Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office 97-2003 formats, Microsoft Office 2007 format (ability to "open" documents in version 3), among others.

    • No proper implementation of digital signatures. CentaroJan 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office. martintin_916Mar 2019 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Microsoft Office is costly and slow, but OpenOffice is free and fast. rose64bitApr 2018 • 3 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Poor features and quite complicated interface Guest • Jan 2017 • 8 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Will not use later than Word 97 documents Guest • Nov 2015 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    ONLYOFFICE is an opensource office and productivity suite that enables you to manage documents, projects (ONLYOFFICE Projects), team and customer relations in one place. ONLYOFFICE is delivered either as a SaaS solution or as an installation for deployment on a private network (Community Edition, for teams up to 20 users).

    • Its one of the best options to Microsoft Office, it has almost all tools. And is by far better then LibreOffice or OpenOffice. hudsonrb92Jun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Very similar layout to Microsoft Office so its the best alternative for people use to that. And especially for me, ecuations in google docs and libre office are ugly compare to Microsoft format which OnlyOffice use. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • It has a nice UI, and good support for microsoft document formats. RiseiFeb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Clean GUI and fast interface. Excellent for high dpi too. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • AbiWord

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.0 (through its Cygnix X11 engine), and other operating systems. Multilingual Portable version (15MB installed) from .

    • AbiWord is a great simple word processor. However it doesn't have many advanced features. Just a simple text document. And it's free! kaylinTechAUJan 2017 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Haiku GTK+ ... AmigaOS

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  • CryptPad

    CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys. CryptPad is a suite of zero knowledge, realtime collaborative editors and applications. Encryption carried out in your web browser protects the data from the server, the cloud, and the NSA.

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Self-Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS)

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  • Manuskript

    Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. Outliner Organize your thoughts and snippets in a hierarchical manner. Organize them as you wish, reorganize them on the go. Distraction-free mode Get rid of all distraction while writing. Set personal goal in word count or time before you can leave editor.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • LaTeX

    LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. The term LaTeX refers only to the language in which documents are written, not to the editor used to write those documents. In order to create a document in LaTeX, a .tex file must be created using some form of text editor. While most text editors can be used to create a LaTeX document, a number of editors have been created specifically for working with LaTeX.

    • The most powerful document preparation system, for the absolute best result ever. sbibauwApr 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • bibisco

    bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way. * bibisco is a desktop application available for Linux, MacOS and Windows in 13 languages: czech, dutch, french, german, english, italian, polish, portuguese (Brazil), portuguese (Portugal), russian, serbian, spanish, turkish. * All that you need - with bibisco you can organize chapters and scenes, manage revisions, export novel in pdf, docx., txt, epub.

    Freemium Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Node.JS

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  • Quoll Writer

    Quoll Writer's interface is focused on what matters, your words. Controls are where you would expect them to be. It employs a familiar tabbed interface to allow you to work on multiple chapters and assets at once. Just like the real world, the world you create is full of characters, locations and items, Quoll Writer lets you easily create and manage those assets.

    Free Open Source Windows

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