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Copyright 1998-2004 AbiSource, Inc.
AbiWord and AbiSource are trademarks of
AbiWord is free software; you can redistribute it
and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the
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(The comments found at the beginning of the groff file "man1/abiword.1".)
abiword --- flexible cross-platform word processor
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
to provide spell-checking.
- -g WxH[+X+Y], --geometry=WxH[+X+Y]
Specifies window geometry at startup.
- -E PLUGIN, --plugin=PLUGIN
Execute the specified plugin instead of the main application.
Import the given file as if it had extension EXT, overriding automatic
file type detection.
- -u PROFILE, --userprofile=PROFILE
Use PROFILE to read and store settings instead of the default
- -t DEST, --to=DEST
Convert the given file to another format, writing the result to
The format of
is determined by its extension.
See also --to=FORMAT and --to-name.
- -t FORMAT, --to=FORMAT
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.
- The more popular values for FORMAT include:
Abiword XML format (zabw for gzip, bzabw for bzip2 compression)
|doc||Microsoft Word binary format|
Office Open XML (newer Microsoft Word versions)
|html||Hypertext Markup Language|
|pdf||Portable Document Format|
|rtf||Rich Text Format|
|sxw||OpenOffice.org Writer 1.0|
Only useful in conjunction with
Specifies where the converted document shall be written to.
Set level of verbosity [0-2], 2 giving the most detailed output.
- -h, --help
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
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
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
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