ODT (OpenDocument Text Document)

The ODT Document file format

ODT is XML-based and is used to create and manage spreadsheets, charts, presentations, and word documents. The purpose of this document file extension is to provide an open, XML based format specification for documents. ODT files are part of the Open Office program created by Sun Microsystems. It is used as an alternative to Microsoft Office due to the free download with no licensing fees. When saved correctly, files in Open Office can be opened in Microsoft Word or converted easily into DOC and DOCX files. Open Office can open Microsoft Office documents. Open Office is free to the public, royalty free, and can run on various Operating Systems.

Technical details of ODT files

The OpenDocument text file format used both in free software and proprietary software, including both stand alone and web based office suites, was developed by a Technical Committee (TC) under the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards industry consortium. ODT files are built on many components, including scalable vector graphics and synchronized multimedia integration language. They have all undergone the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative processes.

More information about the ODT file format

File extension .odt
File category Document
Example file Download example.odt file (711.42 KiB)
Download example_multipage.odt file (711.77 KiB)
Download example_multipage_large.odt file (6.8 MiB)
Associated programs Microsoft Office 2007
Microsoft Office 2010
OpenOffice Writer
Useful links More information on ODT
File conversion Convert a file to ODT
Developer Sun Microsystems