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ABIWORD(1) General Commands Manual ABIWORD(1)


abiword — flexible cross-platform word processor


abiword [OPTIONS] [FILENAME...]


AbiWord is a full-featured, efficient word processing application suitable for a wide range of word processing tasks, and extensible with a variety of plugins. It integrates with enchant(1) to provide spell-checking.


Specifies window geometry at startup.
Execute the specified plugin instead of the main application.
Import the given file as if it had extension EXT, overriding automatic file type detection.
Use PROFILE to read and store settings instead of the default XDG_CONFIG_HOME/abiword/profile.
Convert the given file to another format, writing the result to DEST. The format of DEST is determined by its extension.
See also --to=FORMAT and --to-name.
Convert the given files(s) to the given format. Unless explicitly specified with --to-name, the original filename will be used (with a different extension, if necessary). See also EXAMPLES.
abw Abiword XML format (zabw for gzip, bzabw for bzip2 compression)
dbk DocBook XML
doc Microsoft Word binary format
docx Office Open XML (newer Microsoft Word versions)
html Hypertext Markup Language
kwd KWord
odt OpenDocument Text
pdf Portable Document Format
rtf Rich Text Format
sxw Writer 1.0
txt Plain text
Only useful in conjunction with --to=FORMAT. Specifies where the converted document shall be written to.
Set level of verbosity [0-2], 2 giving the most detailed output.
Display a short help message and exit.
Report the version of AbiWord.


Defines the user's home directory.
Defines the base directory relative to which user specific configuration files should be stored. (See the XDG Base Directory Specification for details.)


The default user profile file. (If XDG_CONFIG_HOME is either not set or empty, a default equal to HOME/.config will be used.)


To convert the document example.abw to RTF:
abiword --to=rtf example.abw
The resulting file will be named example.rtf.

To print a document:
abiword --to=ps --to-name=fd://1 FILENAME | lp


Report bugs to the Bugzilla bug tracking system at <>.




AbiWord was started in 1998 by AbiSource Inc., a company founded by SourceGear corporation. The initial plan was to build a free office suite named AbiSuite, encompassing word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. As they didn't have a usable product when their venture capital was up, the code already developed (namely AbiWord) was made open source. AbiWord development was subsequently taken over by volunteers and is driven by the community to date.

2012-04-26 AbiWord 2.9