When libreoffice5.2 --help is issued the help does not indicate how to run libreoffice in a webbrowser.


The aim is to run libreoffice in a webbrowser so that it could be accessed by navigating to http://localhost:8080 for example.


This Q&A was found, but this seems not to be applicable anymore for later versions.


You can't. That's not a feature which LibreOffice supports.

Software which can run either as a desktop application or in a browser is rare -- in most cases, applications will only support one of the two environments. If you want a word processor which can run in a browser, your best bet will be to look for one that specifically supports that.

(There are some complicated ways you could access an instance of LibreOffice in a browser -- for instance, running it in a VNC session and using a browser-based VNC client to view that -- but they are probably more trouble than they're worth.)


I would refer you to this link which says LibreOffice Online source code has been released and pre-built Docker images are available here.

However, actually using it is not staightforward, and you might be better off using Collabora either on its own or (even easier) within OwnCloud or NextCloud; look on the respective websites for a how-to or see here and here.

Sorry for posting a link-only answer but the LibreOffice Online setup is complex and you might want to document yourself before going that route. On the other hand, Collabora already has some good tutorials available and I wouldn't be adding much.

  • I'm not sure how the Docker image is supposed to help here -- Docker images do not run in a browser. – duskwuff Feb 25 '17 at 9:14
  • Well, needless to say, the Docker image is to be deployed on the server where you install the web server, LibreOffice and possibly OwnCloud/NextCloud. – simlev Feb 27 '17 at 23:43

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