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LibreOffice command line switches

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Usage: soffice [argument...]

       argument - switches, switch parameters and document URIs (filenames).   

Using without special arguments:                                               

Opens the start center, if it is used without any arguments.                   

   {file}              Tries to open the file (files) in the components        

                       suitable for them.                                      

   {file} {macro:///Library.Module.MacroName}                                  

                       Opens the file and runs specified macro from            

                       My Macros container.                                    

   {file} {macro://./Library.Module.MacroName}                                 

                       Opens the file and runs specified macro from            

                       the file.                                               

Getting help and information:                                                  

   --help | -h | -?    Shows this help and quits.                              

   --helpwriter        Opens built-in or online Help on Writer.                

   --helpcalc          Opens built-in or online Help on Calc.                  

   --helpdraw          Opens built-in or online Help on Draw.                  

   --helpimpress       Opens built-in or online Help on Impress.               

   --helpbase          Opens built-in or online Help on Base.                  

   --helpbasic         Opens built-in or online Help on Basic scripting        


   --helpmath          Opens built-in or online Help on Math.                  

   --version           Shows the version and quits.                            


                       (MacOS X sandbox only) Returns path of the temporary    

                       directory for the current user and exits. Overrides     

                       all other arguments.                                    

General arguments:                                                             

   --quickstart[=no]   Activates[Deactivates] the Quickstarter service.        

   --nolockcheck       Disables check for remote instances using one           


   --infilter={filter} Force an input filter type if possible. For example:    

                       --infilter="Calc Office Open XML"                     

                       --infilter="Text (encoded):UTF8,LF,,,"                

   --pidfile={file}    Store soffice.bin pid to {file}.                        

   --display {display} Sets the DISPLAY environment variable on UNIX-like      

                       platforms to the value {display} (only supported by a   

                       start script).                                          

User/programmatic interface control:                                           

   --nologo            Disables the splash screen at program start.            

   --minimized         Starts minimized. The splash screen is not displayed.   

   --nodefault         Starts without displaying anything except the splash    

                       screen (do not display initial window).                 

   --invisible         Starts in invisible mode. Neither the start-up logo nor 

                       the initial program window will be visible. Application 

                       can be controlled, and documents and dialogs can be     

                       controlled and opened via the API. Using the parameter, 

                       the process can only be ended using the taskmanager     

                       (Windows) or the kill command (UNIX-like systems). It   

                       cannot be used in conjunction with --quickstart.        

   --headless          Starts in "headless mode" which allows using the      

                       application without GUI. This special mode can be used  

                       when the application is controlled by external clients  

                       via the API.                                            

   --norestore         Disables restart and file recovery after a system crash.

   --safe-mode         Starts in a safe mode, i.e. starts temporarily with a   

                       fresh user profile and helps to restore a broken        


   --accept={connect-string}  Specifies a UNO connect-string to create a UNO   

                       acceptor through which other programs can connect to    

                       access the API. Note that API access allows execution   

                       of arbitrary commands.                                  

                       The syntax of the {connect-string} is:                  


                       e.g.  pipe,name={some name};urp                         

                         or  socket,host=localhost,port=54321;urp              

   --unaccept={connect-string}  Closes an acceptor that was created with       

                       --accept. Use --unaccept=all to close all acceptors.    

   --language={lang}   Uses specified language, if language is not selected    

                       yet for UI. The lang is a tag of the language in IETF   

                       language tag.                                           

Developer arguments:                                                           


                       Exit after initialization complete (no documents loaded)

   --eventtesting      Exit after loading documents.                           

New document creation arguments:                                               

The arguments create an empty document of specified kind. Only one of them may 

be used in one command line. If filenames are specified after an argument,     

then it tries to open those files in the specified component.                  

   --writer            Creates an empty Writer document.                       

   --calc              Creates an empty Calc document.                         

   --draw              Creates an empty Draw document.                         

   --impress           Creates an empty Impress document.                      

   --base              Creates a new database.                                 

   --global            Creates an empty Writer master (global) document.       

   --math              Creates an empty Math document (formula).               

   --web               Creates an empty HTML document.                         

File open arguments:                                                           

The arguments define how following filenames are treated. New treatment begins 

after the argument and ends at the next argument. The default treatment is to  

open documents for editing, and create new documents from document templates.  

   -n                  Treats following files as templates for creation of new 


   -o                  Opens following files for editing, regardless whether   

                       they are templates or not.                              

   --pt {Printername}  Prints following files to the printer {Printername},    

                       after which those files are closed. The splash screen   

                       does not appear. If used multiple times, only last      

                       {Printername} is effective for all documents of all     

                       --pt runs. Also, --printer-name argument of             

                       --print-to-file switch interferes with {Printername}.   

   -p                  Prints following files to the default printer, after    

                       which those files are closed. The splash screen does    

                       not appear. If the file name contains spaces, then it   

                       must be enclosed in quotation marks.                    

   --view              Opens following files in viewer mode (read-only).       

   --show              Opens and starts the following presentation documents   

                       of each immediately. Files are closed after the showing.

                       Files other than Impress documents are opened in        

                       default mode , regardless of previous mode.             

   --convert-to OutputFileExtension[:OutputFilterName] \                      

     [--outdir output_dir] [--convert-images-to]                               

                       Batch convert files (implies --headless). If --outdir   

                       isn't specified, then current working directory is used 

                       as output_dir. If --convert-images-to is given, its     

                       parameter is taken as the target filter format for *all*

                       images written to the output format. If --convert-to is 

                       used more than once, the last value of                  

                       OutputFileExtension[:OutputFilterName] is effective. If 

                       --outdir is used more than once, only its last value is 

                       effective. For example:                                 

                   --convert-to pdf *.odt                                      

                   --convert-to epub *.doc                                     

                   --convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export --outdir /home/user *.doc

                   --convert-to "html:XHTML Writer File:UTF8" \             

                                --convert-images-to "jpg" *.doc              

                   --convert-to "txt:Text (encoded):UTF8" *.doc              

   --print-to-file [--printer-name printer_name] [--outdir output_dir]         

                       Batch print files to file. If --outdir is not specified,

                       then current working directory is used as output_dir.   

                       If --printer-name or --outdir used multiple times, only 

                       last value of each is effective. Also, {Printername} of 

                       --pt switch interferes with --printer-name.             

   --cat               Dump text content of the following files to console     

                       (implies --headless). Cannot be used with --convert-to. 

   --script-cat        Dump text content of any scripts embedded in the files  

                       to console (implies --headless). Cannot be used with    


   -env:<VAR>[=<VALUE>] Set a bootstrap variable. For example: to set          

                       a non-default user profile path:                        


Ignored switches:                                                              

   -psn                Ignored (MacOS X only).                                 

   -Embedding          Ignored (COM+ related; Windows only).                   

   --nofirststartwizard Does nothing, accepted only for backward compatibility.

   --protector {arg1} {arg2}                                                   

                       Used only in unit tests and should have two arguments.  

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