.ODS File Extension
File Type 1OpenDocument Spreadsheet
What is an ODS file?
An ODS file is a spreadsheet created by Calc, a spreadsheet program included in the Apache OpenOffice suite. It stores data in cells that are organized into rows and columns, and it may also contain charts, mathematical functions, and formatting. ODS files are similar to .XLSX files.
Apache OpenOffice is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office. To save money yet still produce Office-compatible documents, some students and professionals use OpenOffice in place of Microsoft Office.
Calc is OpenOffice's equivalent to Microsoft Excel. It allows users to create spreadsheets that can be used as project trackers, budgets, to-do lists, and other data catalogs. Calc saves users' spreadsheets in ODS files, which are similar to Excel's XLSX files.
ODS files are formatted using the OASIS OpenDocument XML-based standard. This standard is used by OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and other variants, all of which save spreadsheets as ODS files.
NOTE: Apache OpenOffice was previously known as OpenOffice.org.
How do I open an ODS file?
You can open an ODS file in a variety of spreadsheet programs, including:
- OpenOffice Calc (cross-platform)
- Microsoft Excel (cross-platform)
- LibreOffice (cross-platform)
- Google Sheets (Web, iOS, Android, Chrome OS)
In all of those programs, you can also convert your ODS file to an XLSX file. Note that you may lose some formatting when you open an ODS file in a program other than OpenOffice or LibreOffice or convert an ODS file to another spreadsheet format.
Programs that open ODS files
File Type 2Outlook Express 5 Mailbox
.ODS File Association 2
Mailbox or "message store" for e-mail messages created or saved in Outlook Express 5; similar to a .DBX file used by other versions of Outlook Express.