LibreOffice Introduction

SyncOffice is an office suite application forked from LibreOffice.

To understand SyncOffice, you need to know LibreOffice in advance. In this section, some basics of LibreOffice are introduced.

LibreOffice Introduction

A sample screenshot shows an instance of LibreOffice starts up.


LibreOffice is a free and open-source office productivity software suite, a project of The Document Foundation (TDF). It was forked in 2010 from, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice.

The LibreOffice suite consists of programs for word processing, creating and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formulae. It is available in 115 languages.

As its native file format to save documents for all of its applications, LibreOffice uses the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF), or OpenDocument, an international standard developed jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). LibreOffice also supports the file formats of most other major office suites, including Microsoft Office, through a variety of import and export filters.

LibreOffice is available for a variety of computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chromebook. It is also available as an online office suite called LibreOffice Online, which includes the applications Writer, Calc and Impress. LibreOffice is the default office suite of most popular Linux distributions. It is the most actively developed free and open-source office suite, with approximately 50 times the development activity of Apache OpenOffice, the other major descendant of

LibreOffice is offered in a free and open source "Community" version officially intended for personal use. This is the full suite, not a cut-down version. Enterprise-supported versions of LibreOffice can also be obtained from TDF's corporate partners.

The LibreOffice project was announced and a beta released on 28 September 2010. Between January 2011 (the first stable release) and October 2011, LibreOffice was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times. The project claims 120 million unique downloading addresses from May 2011 to May 2015, excluding Linux distributions, with 55 million of those being from May 2014 to May 2015.

LibreOffice Applications

LibreOffice contains six office applications and a central organizing one that work equally well on just about every desktop operating system.

These office applications can be launched from their standalone application binary/icon, or launched from LibreOffice suite's StartCenter.

  • StartCenter: This application contains the most recently opened documents, as well makes it easy to create a new blank document or one based on a template. It is launched when the all-white icon is clicked.
  • Writer: The flexible application can create just about any type of document, simple letters to complex books. It also has the ability to open Word documents and many that are in legacy formats.
  • Calc: Tools for laying out data and crunching numbers make this application versatile. Wizards and other features assist you in analyzing data. It has several chart choices for displaying data. Macros can be written in Python and JavaScript.
  • Impress: Impress users can create presentations with images, artwork, and videos. Slide transitions can be three-dimensional. Presentations can be exported to PDF, SVG, and other standard formats.
  • Draw: The application can easily augment a report, book, presentation, or other type of document with vector graphics. The graphics can easily be inserted in non-LibreOffice documents as well.
  • Base: Base is used as a GUI front-end for some of the most powerful platforms, including MySQL/MariaDB, Adabas D, MS Access and PostgreSQL. It also has drivers to connect to just about any other type of database.
  • Math: This helps you to develop well-formatted formulas to insert into another document. The application can stand alone, but it is integrated with the other applications.

These LibreOffice applications are integrated, and they share many menus and items in those menus.

Many of the menus that the applications have in common have unique items for each application and items that are applied differently from app to app.

LibreOffice has rich and well authored documentations, covering from basic tutorials to professional development technical documents. We suggest you to get and study those LibreOffice documents directly from their sources.

LibreOffice Document

You can get LibreOffice documents directly from LibreOffice document site.

You can download the Getting Started Guide from this URL :

You can also buy a printed copy of the document following the site guide.

Some of the following information is from LibreOffice's Wikipedia page, and from site.

LibreOffice Wikipedia page provides good background information for LibreOffice and its evolution.