Extension Manager

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


For security reasons, the installation and removal of extensions are enabled and are controlled by settings in the Expert Configuration. To disable extensions installation or removal, search for the string ExtensionManager in the Expert Configuration search box and set properties DisableExtensionRemoval to true and/or DisableExtensionInstallation to true.

To access this command...

From the menu bar:

Choose Tools - Extensions.

From the tabbed interface:

On the Extension menu of the Extension tab, choose Extensions.

From the keyboard:

+ Alt + E

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 dialogue box in which 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 dialogue box 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 their own use. 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 online" link in the Extension Manager to open your Web browser and see the https://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 - Extensions 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 dialogue box.


Click Add to add an extension.

A file dialogue box opens in which 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 licence dialogue box. Read the licence. Click the Scroll Down button to scroll down if necessary. Click Accept to continue the installation of the extension.


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


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


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


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.


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

Display Extensions

You can filter the list of displayed extensions by their scope.

Bundled with LibreOffice

Bundled extensions are installed by the system administrator using the operating system specific installer packages. These can not be installed, updated or removed here.

Installed for all users

Filter extensions available for all users of this computer. These can be updated or removed only with administrator or root privileges.

Installed for current user

Filter extensions only available for the currently logged in user.

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 licence text again. You can choose to exclude the extension from checking for updates or to include an excluded extension.

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