AbiSource AbiWord

Version3(as of 3/16/2023)
LicenseOpen Source
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Rating:3.5  |  134 Votes

Main Features

  • Standard word processing features, such as text formatting and spell check
  • Support for common document formats, including DOCX and ODT
  • Collaboration capabilities with others through AbiCollab.net
  • Extensible through various plug-ins

Software Overview

Screenshot of AbiSource AbiWord 2.4
Screenshot of AbiSource AbiWord 2.4

AbiSource AbiWord is a word processor for Linux that provides various standard word-processing features and support for several document formats. The program was previously available for Windows and Mac but is only actively developed for Linux, beginning with version 3.

AbiWord enables you to perform many standard word processing functions, such as formatting text and spell check. In addition, you can insert images and tables into a document and collaborate with others. Its Collaborate feature allows you to work on the same document as another person simultaneously through AbiCollab.net.

The word processor allows you to save documents as .ABW documents and provides .AWT templates to replicate the style of documents. It also supports common formats, such as .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, .TXT, .ODT, and .HTML. If the original package does not have the functionality you are looking for, you can install one of its many plug-ins to extend the software's capabilities.


AbiWord is a serviceable choice for your word processing needs if you are a Linux user. It can handle some common document formats and make document collaboration easy. However, it does not offer the same functionality as other more polished and capable free word processors for Linux, such as LibreOffice Writer or Apache OpenOffice Writer.

Primary File Type

abw icon.ABWAbiWord Document

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ABWAbiWord Document
.AWTAbiWord Template
.DOCMMicrosoft Word Macro-enabled Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Document
.DOTMMicrosoft Word Macro-Enabled Document Template
.DOTXMicrosoft Word Template
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.ODTOpenDocument Text Document
.OTTOpenDocument Document Template
.RTFRich Text Format File
.SDWStarOffice Writer Text Document
.STWStarOffice Document Template
.SXWStarOffice Writer Document
.TXTPlain Text File
.WPWordPerfect Document
.WPDWordPerfect Document
.ZABWCompressed AbiWord Document

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ABIAbiWord Plug-in
.BAK~AbiWord Auto-Saved Document
.CRASHEDAbiWord Crash-Saved Document
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
.DOTMicrosoft Word Document Template (Legacy)
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.SO-ABICocoa AbiWord Plug-in
.TEXTPlain Text File
.WMLWireless Markup Language File
.XHTMLExtensible Hypertext Markup Language File
Updated 3/16/2023