.ODS File Extension

.ODS File Extension

File Type 1

OpenDocument Spreadsheet

Developer Oracle
3.6  |  197 Votes
Category Spreadsheet Files
Format Zip

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.

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Screenshot of a .ods file in Apache OpenOffice Calc 4
ODS file open in Apache OpenOffice Calc 4

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 with various spreadsheet applications, including: OpenOffice Calc (cross-platform), Microsoft Excel (cross-platform), LibreOffice (cross-platform), and 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.

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Programs that open or reference ODS files

Updated July 22, 2021
File Type 2

Outlook Express 5 Mailbox

Developer Microsoft
3.4  |  14 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format N/A

What is an ODS file?

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.

Programs that open or reference ODS files

Updated February 2, 2007

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