File Extension ODS

  • Full name
    OpenDocument Spreadsheet Format
  • Developer
    Oracle
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a ODS file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ODS file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ODS file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is ODS file?

The file extension ODS identifies spreadsheets of the OpenSource spreadsheet OpenOffice.Org Calc.

More info

This format is an Open Document for Office application, also known as OpenDocument. Originally developed by Sun Microsystems and based on XML, the standard was developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

OpenDocument is the native format of OpenOffice.Org Suite. Ods is the default version of the spreadsheet OpenOffice.Org Calc.

The files contain data in cells organized in columns and rows. They can also include macros and formulas.

Numerous free but also commercial programs support this format.

Microsoft Excel can read from version 2007 SP2 ODS, with older version the ODF plugin must be installed.

Programs which can open a ODS file

How to open file with ODS extension?

In order to open a file with ODS extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening ODS file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with ODS files, follow the instructions below.
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Install OpenOffice.org or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening ODS files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support ODS files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of ODS files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.


Set OpenOffice.org as the default program for opening ODS files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate ODS files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the OpenOffice.org applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where OpenOffice.org has been installed.

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Check the section that lists most common problems with ODS files

Sometimes problems with opening ODS files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • ODS files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open ODS files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • ODS file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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