Microsoft Word Alternatives for Linux

Microsoft Word is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The most popular Linux alternative is Small LibreOffice - Writer iconLibreOffice - Writer, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Word and 18 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Microsoft Word are Small WPS Writer iconWPS Writer (Freemium), Small Apache OpenOffice Writer iconApache OpenOffice Writer (Free, Open Source), Small ONLYOFFICE iconONLYOFFICE (Freemium, Open Source) and Small WPS Office iconWPS Office (Freemium).

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 Linux with any 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 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
    • If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative! KuboFHromoslavMay 2017 • 31 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 16 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less! Guest • Dec 2016 • 38 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Offers pretty much everything Microsoft office does, but is free! FjjBJul 2019 • 8 agrees and 3 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
    • Best Word Processor, Fast and Lightweight geralt73 days ago 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
    • 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 • 2 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 • 5 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 8 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 7 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

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS

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  • WPS Writer

    WPS Writer, part of WPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Microsoft Word , and can read and edit DOC and DOCX formats. This allows you to freely transfer your office documents between Microsoft Word and WPS Writer.

    • it is absolutely one of the best alternatives to microsoft Word but the only thing that it does not have is the equation editor: it is present only in the windows version of the application but not on the linux version. Guest • Mar 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • VERY GOOD PROGRAM BUT IT IS NOT OPEN SOURCE so keep that in mind. I, personally, did not use it. but, a friend of mine uses it and spoke greatly about it. He said it deserves 10 out of 10 in every term (Easiness , Responsiveness , Stability , etc.) Guest • Aug 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very friendly UI Has almost any thing you might need Guest • Apr 2020 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cross platform, local not cloud, freemium office package Guest • Jan 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This software GUI is similar to that of microsoft word and work in same fashion and free for use. Guest • Jan 2020 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Has many many features similar to Microsoft Word, and some that it doesn't it. Much more lightweight to run than Microsoft Word. The Spell Check needs some major help. Guest • Feb 2020 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has a similar design to word and has all the features that word has and even more. Moreover, it's cross-platform and is very stable. tokita1230Sep 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very poor multi language / proofing support. Guest • May 2019 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has everything word has. Annoying ads in the corner but overall its a good alternative. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Interface is very similar to Microsoft product Guest • Mar 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • WPS is a more stable alternative to word for low-end PCs running on old CPUs like Celeron or Pentium. it also contains more features then other alternatives like Liberoffice and Openoffice. Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Keeps taking me all over the document. Not cool! Making my life much harder! Guest • Sep 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very nice ribbon interface, often better DOCX compatibility than LibreOffice. 3psilonMay 2018 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • WPS have a good compatibility with docx and its UI is almost similar with office Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is absolutely free. It also has some incredible features like pdf to word and much more. WPS Office gives all necessary components of MS-Office i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point. The best part is that it is cross-platform. SuperMindsJul 2017 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I think WPS Office is the closest you can get to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). It handels .docx witch was my main problem. The WPS Writer may be in a early stage but I see alot of potential of it becomming better, more easy to use, beautiful and more stable. Guest • Jan 2017 • 11 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • WPS Writer has a very similar layout to MS Word Guest • Aug 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has Microsoft-alike interface and has much features Guest • Jan 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fully Functional with .docx and various formats that are compatible with Microsoft office word. The Features and layout are also very similar and shouldn't take long to learn the program :) Guest • Sep 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office. martintin_916Mar 2019 • 5 agrees and 4 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

    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 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has a nice UI, and good support for microsoft document formats. RiseiFeb 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clean GUI and fast interface. Excellent for high dpi too. Guest • Oct 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloudron

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  • WPS Office

    WPS Office provides you three powerful applications known as WRITER, SPREADSHEETS, PRESENTATIONriter and PDF tool. It is highly compatible with MS Office while unique Sponsored Access design on Windows PC (Win10, Win7, Win8.1, WinVista). Available on Windows English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Russian.

    • WPWPS Office is an alternative to MS Office. WPS Writer is an alternative to MS Office Word. And it's already listed. cothApr 2016 • 14 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • wps office contains wps writer (no individual install possible afaik) which is a word alternative Guest • Feb 2016 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • TextMaker

    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice. It's available for free included in the FreeOffice suite. It runs lean (using around 12MB of RAM on my system) and is surprisingly feature rich. The furiously fast word processor that is as well-suited for your daily correspondence as it is for designing brochures and flyers, and that masters everything from short letters to scientific papers.

    • If you are like me: one who only needs the necessary to fulfill your needs, and really like when the response of the software comes quickly (think that the MS Office in general certainly does not). This is the right solution. It is fully compatible with outputs formats from MS Word; it is fast; and it does everything you need to white a nice and organized document, whatever that is. Guest • Sep 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Powerful features with a very intuitive interface. Outputs in MS Word formats plus ODT, PDF, HTML and ePub, among many others. Reads most common formats, including MS Word. Fully customizable interface. Fast and compact. Excellent documentation. The best word processor for personal use, period. DiegoAzetaOct 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Really fast, really compatible with Microsoft Office. Guest • May 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 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 http://portableapps.com/apps/office/abiword_portable .

    • 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 PortableApps.com Haiku GTK+ ... AmigaOS

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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.

    • Manuskript is an app for planning and writing books. It is not a word processor, or an appropriate alternative to MS Word. Guest • Aug 2020 Disagree   Agree

    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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