Understanding the differences between LibreOffice Online, CODE and Collabora Online

Collabora, happy to be a major contributor to LibreOffice technology, is also driving development in the world of free software for online productivity solutions.

What is the situation in 2021, how can you choose what best meets your needs? Read more about CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition), Collabora Online, and LibreOffice online!



CODE – Collabora Online Development Edition

  • CODE is the online version that is under constant development, so not in a stable state
    • It is perfect for home use/small teams
    • It is however not suitable for production environments
    • Builds are released on average once a month and announced on our news pages
  • CODE is built around the Collabora Office core
  • Documentation on getting CODE set up, is available at the CODE-page
  • It is available as a docker image
  • Getting involved with development is easy – and appreciated: goto collaboraonline at github.

Collabora Online

  • The production-ready and stable edition of Collabora Online
    • with Long Term Support, an SLA, and signed security updates
    • with access to our Customer and Partner portal; advanced technical documentation and support
    • Collabora also provides tailored solutions
  • Built around the Collabora Office core
  • Partners and customers receive frequent updates
  • Online trials in ownCloud, Nextcloud, and Seafile
  • Enterprises can get Collabora Online in their favorite file share and sync software via one of our partners
  • Cloud and Hosting providers can offer Collabora Online to their customers by becoming a partner
  • Getting involved with development is easy on collaboraonline at github.

libreoffice_tdfLibreOffice online

  • LibreOffice online development was set up at the LibreOffice project by Collabora in 2014
  • As a source code project, LibreOffice in the cloud aimed at growing wider contributions
  • This InfoGraph shows Collabora’s contributions to the development.
  • To ensure future investment Collabora moved the development to GitHub in 2020
    • More on this and other reasons in the FAQ
  • The source will still be mirrored at LibreOffice cgit.

Pricing, Education & NGO’s, Success stories

Background information

Collabora, a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community, is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud. Initial development started back in 2011 and four years later, in 2015, CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition) was created, allowing people to check out LibreOffice in the cloud for the very first time. Shortly after this, the first production-ready Collabora Online was released.

We encourage people to contribute. While Collabora has done more than 95% of code commits so far, we are glad that since the move of collaboraonline to github more people are getting involved. Maybe you can join too?

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New updates for Collabora Online and Collabora Office for iOS & Android – version 4.2.4

We are glad to announce a new update of our flagship products Collabora Online and Collabora Office for iOS & Android! Version 4.2.4 adds new features and improves the usability of our collaborative online office suite both on PCs and mobile devices. It is now possible to select multiple sides from the slide pan and duplicate or delete the complete selection. In text documents, it was already possible to add tab stops on the ruler. Now you can also delete these via the context menu on the PC or through a long click on your mobile device.

More new features do enhance the user experience on mobile devices. It is possible to search text in read-only documents. The word count functionality has been added to the upper left burger menu (≡), allowing you to count the content of selected text.

New features overview

  • Multiple slide selection on slide pane (delete or duplicate multiple slides)
  • Delete tab stop from ruler with context menu (PC) or long tap (tablet/phone)
  • New Insert Table dialog from menu Table in Writer and Impress (PC/tablet)
  • Word Count dialog can be started from the burger menu (≡) on phones
  • Search functionality added to read-only mode on phones
  • Log page on Admin Console where admins can view logs and set log level
  • Dropped dependency to locales-all package

Also more possibilities are offered when you are inserting tables. Therefore, start the Dialog Insert Table from the menu.

Most important improvements and fixes

  • Fixed zoom of drop-down list in Writer documents
  • Fixed missing text selection handles on formula bar
  • Fixed scrolling on multi line formula bar (mobile)
  • Fixed flickering during zoom in Writer
  • Don’t overwrite the copy of the document that we are editing on iOS (tdf#133278)
  • Do not import hidden text frames from HTML/Clipboard that Writer does not support
  • Fixed Chinese (Taiwan) localization of sidebar
  • Fixed: in Impress hyperlink were inserted as button instead of text object
  • Fixed a crash in Japanese Calc
  • Fixed ‘Insert – Image’ and ‘Create from Template’ features when the WOPI-like host has self-signed SSL certificate
  • Updated translations
  • and many more fixes

Read the full Collabora Online release notes for list of fixes .
Read the full Collabora Office for iOS and Android release notes for the complete list of fixes.



About Collabora Productivity

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud, providing Collabora Online and a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specializing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

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Collabora Online as default in Nextcloud Hub

London, June 3 2020 – Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind LibreOffice in the cloud, announces the immediate availability of Collabora Online as the default collaboration and office app in Nextcloud Hub starting from today’s released Nextcloud 19 featuring an easy installation for users with just a few clicks.

Easy to install for every user

Collabora Online will be shipped out of the box with the new Nextcloud 19 Hub. A special community server has been developed, that can easily be installed with a single click by every user, and so avoiding web server and docker containers installation and configuration.

Collabora Online has been available as integrated solution for many productivity use cases for more than three years. However, feedback from home users and the community showed an increasing need for a much easier way to setup LibreOffice online. Users found configuring separate certificates, ports, docker images, and so on too complex, so Collabora created a totally new way to deploy Collabora Online using an innovative PHP proxy and a new custom protocol. With the release of NC 19, this work is ready to use: the new app “Collabora Online: built-in CODE server” can be installed and activated with a single click.

The new app is the same fully functional productivity solution that people already know, with the same feature richness, easy collaboration and excellent interoperability as a normal CODE – Collabora Online Development Edition – installation. Naturally it has its limitations in performance and scalability that are provided by a normal server installation.
This makes it much easier for people to make the right choice, with an open standards based, solution built on fully open source code that respects their privacy. It has never been easier for users to work and collaborate on office documents online, on their own hardware.

“Nextcloud Hub is a really valuable solution for teams and home office users, packed with great features.” says Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity “it is great to work together to make it much easier to deploy innovative, open source solutions that respect users’ privacy and freedom, and to delight our community and customers.”

“We are really pleased to be able to have Collabora Online as an integrated component of Nextcloud Hub” said Frank Karlitschek, CEO of Nextcloud GmbH.“being able to sell & support Collabora Online, the cloud version of LibreOffice, together lets us build a customer base that can sustain and accelerate the innovation and feature richness that delights our users.”

Try out the latest developments – The adventure continues

To make it possible to install Collabora Online as a single click app, without servers and docker containers, a completely new structure has been developed. We continue to work to build on accelerate, and further integrate this brand new PHP proxying functionality and we would love to hear your feedback.
Of course, Collabora’s focus on delivering support for the growing market of organizations, business, educations and administrations, that need a scalable, secure and reliable productivity solution, is unchanged – and we recommend a professional and supported installation with direct websocket connections for all these cases.

Collabora Online Lite

Together with the new Collabora Online single click install we are providing a new ‘Lite’ version of Collabora Online with limited deployment and support activities, and a different pricing model. More information can be found in our blog here: https://www.collaboraoffice.com/release-news/collabora-online-lite-version

About Collabora

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the cloud, providing Collabora Online and a range of other products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and Collabora Online provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term support. Collabora’s multi-platform policy is completed with Collabora Office for iOS and Android.
Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specializing in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries.

About Nextcloud

Nextcloud offers the industry-leading, fully open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining the easy user interface of consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data through mobile, desktop and web interfaces with next-generation, on-premise secure communication and collaboration features like real-time document editing, chat and video calls, putting them under direct control of IT and integrated with existing infrastructure.

Nextcloud’s easy and quick deployment, open, modular architecture and emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing file storage assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit nextcloud.com or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.


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Collabora Online Lite Version

More choice for customers and clarity in market space

June 3, 2020 – Today Collabora Productivity released Collabora Online Lite, a version that brings more choice and clarity into the market space – this is in addition to Collabora’s flagship, Collabora Online, known for its rich collaboration, unmatched security, excellent features, and interoperability.

With the new Collabora Online Lite, customers are given more choice in addition to Collabora Online, with its high standards, is added a new Lite product that has a lower level of support, limited installation supported, no high availability, and which is less easy to deploy. It also comes with a different cost structure, with pricing based on connections instead of users, meaning that every browser-tab with an open document, is counted.

Collabora Online Lite allows customers to make an easier side by side comparison with other inexpensive products. Collabora Online Lite is also available as a license for a single server and without support for our native app versions running on mobile devices.

To further simplify pricing, Collabora Online Lite comes in various standard packages, offering up to a certain amount of simultaneous connections and updates for one year.

“We have a super-rich product, with a high availability, that has low dependencies (needs no extra database, etc.), is extremely scalable, has a friendly, easy to count, user-based licensing, and is easy to buy at a great price, ” says Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity “However – we love to create products and licensing models that our customers ask for; this cut-down Lite version should help customers make richer like-for-like comparisons.”

Updated pricing will be communicated to our partners, and available on our website shortly.

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Collabora Online demo servers provide fast and easy user access

With interest in Collabora Online growing fast, more and more people want an easy way to play with the software before setting it up themselves at-home, on-premise or from a hosting partner. We expect some of hosting partners to use this too as an easy way to show-case their locally hosted server solutions.

We are always looking into ways to make setup easier, and we are now happy to announce the availability of demo servers from Nextcloud’s Collabora Online (richdocuments) App! We are grateful to work side by side with Nextcloud to deliver this to their users, and will be working with our other partners to integrate similar functionality in due course.

Users can now easily checkout the latest builds of Collabora Online Development Edition directly from their own Nextcloud installation, without the need to install a full Collabora Online server.


Demo user: choose a server and agree to experiment

Users of the demo servers must agree to the terms of service upon first use, as well as after each product update. Clearly these are not for production use – we recommend our hosting partners for real, hosted production use. We remind users that their documents are stored (temporarily, while open for editing) on the demo servers of Collabora or on those of one of our partners. This clearly contrasts with an on-premise solution where you can keep all of your documents on your own site as well as controlling performance and networking. Collabora Online really is the ideal solution for using your own servers for securely working on documents online.

With these demo servers, users may experience mixed performance, depending on the number of users using the service, but of course we can use that same usage-data in order to further optimize product performance. Users are not asked for any personal data (email address, etc.).

Sysadmins information

To activate the new demo-server feature, just two clicks of the sysadmin are enough to allow users to choose to connect to a server with a fully functional version of Collabora Online. This option is, of course, available on the administration page of the Collabora Online App.

Solving connection issues

We’ve seen reports of connection problems, caused by an incorrect/out of date configuration. The solution (in short): /hosting/capabilities/ endpoint should be readable (the reverse proxy setup in use is out of date)! You can find the necessary info on our pages for Setting up Nginx .. and Setting up Apache .. reverse proxy.

(Interested in discussion and background info? Pls read here.)

For partners, in cooperation with partners

We encourage our partners to help us provide demo servers in their local geography, and add them to our list to broadcast the benefits of their local provision of Collabora Online to a wider circle.

If you would like to integrate this with your solution – please checkout the server list (JSON). Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas.

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