At the moment I have a large collection of .odt files and I want to batch convert them to .docx files. I am working on a windows 10 computer. There are several options recommended on the web, almost all from the period 2008-2010 and none seem to work.

Rest of the post is options I tried:

One option is using the commandline and libreoffice. Something like this should work:
soffice --headless --convert-to docx:"MS Word 2007 XML" test.docx
Or this:
start /wait "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 5\program\soffice.exe" --headless --convert-to docx --outdir D:\sourcePath\testFile.odt
However both commands and several variations I tried did nothing. No error, no new files, just nothing.

Another recommended option is BatchConv (http://oooconv.free.fr/batchconv/batchconv_en.html), in conjunction with open office. This also did nothing. I opened the file, accepted the macro's on start up, clicked the button, selected the files in the wizard, open office flickered for a while and in the end no files were converted and no error was shown.

Lastly an recommende option was mso2ooo, however this doesn't support docx (only doc).

1 Answer 1


This may not be the best

  • run scalc from Open Office.
  • File> Wizard > Document Converter
  • StarOffice - text documents > NEXT
  • disable templates unless used.
  • include subdirectories and select FROM , TO

then use MSOffice to convert DOC to Docx

  • Do you mean open office calc? (At this point I have gotten rather paranoid about what is a typo and what is me missing something). I tried this method in calc and it couldn't find any documents. 0 documents found, 0 converted.
    – dimpol
    Sep 16, 2016 at 14:51
  • yes OO calc is scalc.exe < Sorry I guess it is intended for other open text doc formats other than Open Doc *.odt Sep 16, 2016 at 15:53

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