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Langue: en

Version: 09/01/2007 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


unoconv - convert any document from and to any OpenOffice supported format


unoconv [options] file [file2 ..]

unoconv --listener [--server SRV] [--port PRT] [--connections CON]


unoconv is a command line utility that can convert any file format that OpenOffice can import, to any file format that OpenOffice is capable of exporting.

unoconv uses the OpenOffice's UNO bindings for non-interactive conversion of documents and therefor needs an OpenOffice instance to communicate with. Therefore if it cannot find one, it will start its own instance for temporary usage. If desired, one can start a "listener" instance to use for subsequent connections or even for remote connections.


-c, --connection
UNO connection string to be used by the client to connect to an OpenOffice instance, or used by the listener to make OpenOffice listen.
 Default connection string is "socket,host=localhost,port=2002;urp;StarOffice.ComponentContext"
-d, --doctype
Specify the OpenOffice document type of the backend format. Possible document types are: document, graphics, presentation, spreadsheet.
 Default document type is 'document'.
-f, --format
Specify the output format for the document. You can get a list of possible output formats per document type by using the --list option.
 Default document type is 'pdf'.
-l, --listener
Start unoconv as listener for unoconv clients to connect to.
-p, --port
Port to listen on (as listener) or to connect to (as client).
 Default port is '2002'.
-s, --server
Server (address) to listen on (as listener) or to connect to (as client).
 Default server is 'localhost'.
List the possible output formats to be used with -f.
Print converted output file to stdout.
-v, --verbose
Be more and more and more verbose.


You can provide one or more files as arguments to convert each of them to the specified output format.


You can use unoconv in standalone mode, this means that in absence of an OpenOffice listener, it will starts its own:
 unoconv -f pdf some-document.odt
One can use unoconv as a listener (by default localhost:2002) to let other unoconv instances connect to it:
 unoconv --listener &
 unoconv -f pdf some-document.odt
 unoconv -f doc other-document.odt
 unoconv -f jpg some-image.png
 unoconv -f xsl some-spreadsheet.csv
 kill -15 %-
This also works on a remote host:
 unoconv --listener --server --port 4567
and then connect another system to convert documents:
 unoconv --server --port 4567


unoconv uses the UNO bindings to connect to OpenOffice, in absence of a usable socket, it will start its own OpenOffice instance with the correct parameters. However, OpenOffice requires a working DISPLAY (even with -headless option) and therefor you cannot run it in a true console, you need X.

Note Please see the TODO file for known bugs and future plans.


 convert(1), file(1), odt2txt


unoconv is very useful together with the following tools:


Written by Dag Wieers, <[1]>


Main web site: [2]


Copyright (C) 2007 Dag Wieers. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).


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