Extension Manager

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The Extension Manager adds, removes, disables, enables, and updates LibreOffice extensions.

Choose Tools - Extension Manager

The following are examples of LibreOffice extensions:

  1. UNO components (compiled software modules)
  2. Configuration data (for menu commands)
  3. LibreOffice Basic libraries
  4. LibreOffice dialog libraries
  5. Extension files (*.oxt files containing one or more extensions of the above listed types)

Extension Scope

Users with administrator or root privileges will see a dialog where they can choose to install extensions "for all users" or "only for me". Normal users without those privileges can install, remove, or modify extensions only for their own use.

  1. A user with root or administrator privileges can install an extension as a shared extension that is available to all users. After selecting an extension, a dialog opens and asks whether to install for the current user or all users.
  2. A user without root privileges can only install an extension for own usage. This is called a user extension.

To install an extension

An extension is available as a file with the file extension .oxt.

You can find a collection of extensions on the Web. Click the "Get more extensions here" link in the Extension Manager to open your Web browser and see the http://extensions.libreoffice.org/ page.

To install a user extension

Do any of the following:

  1. Double-click the .oxt file in your system's file browser.
  2. On a web page, click a hyperlink to an *.oxt file (if your web browser can be configured to start the Extension Manager for this file type).
  3. Choose Tools - Extension Manager and click Add.

To install a shared extension in text mode (for system administrators)

  1. As an administrator, open a terminal or command shell.
  2. Change to the /program folder in your installation.
  3. Enter the following command, using the path and file name of your extension:
    unopkg add --shared path_filename.oxt

Select the extension that you want to remove, enable, or disable. For some extensions, you can also open an Options dialog.

Add

Click Add to add an extension.

A file dialog opens where you can select the extension that you want to add. To copy and to register the selected extension, click Open.

An extension can show a license dialog. Read the license. Click the Scroll Down button to scroll down if necessary. Click Accept to continue the installation of the extension.

Remove

Select the extension that you want to remove, and then click Remove.

Enable

Select the extension that you want to enable, and then click Enable.

Disable

Select the extension that you want to disable, and then click Disable.

Update

Click to check for online updates of all installed extensions. To check for updates of the selected extension only, choose the Update command from the context menu. The check for availability of updates starts immediately. You will see the Extension Update dialog.

Options

Select an installed extension, then click to open the Options dialog for the extension.

Some additional commands can appear in the context menu of an extension in the Extension Manager window, depending on the selected extension. You can choose to show the license text again. You can choose to exclude the extension from checking for updates or to include an excluded extension.