Collabora Online Development Edition
Get your own online Office Suite up and running at home with CODE!
Getting set up the Collabora Online Development Edition
The easiest way to install CODE for a quick tryout is to download it as a virtual appliance from the Univention App Center.This appliance contains the Collabora Online Development Edition, and the additional software you need to get you up and running in minutes. You can choose between two types of integration, CODE + Nextcloud or CODE + ownCloud. Each appliance is available in four formats: KVM, VirtualBox, VMware Workstation and VMware ESXi.
The collabora/code Docker image can be installed to any x86-64 host (e.g. on Linux and Windows 10), and it is fully configurable. For more information about setup and configuration for deployment, please read the CODE Docker page. If you want to try it out quickly, you can set up CODE docker image with file sharing integration in less than 5 minutes in a very basic way, following these instructions: quick tryout with ownCloud or quick tryout with Nextcloud.
Setting up a reverse proxy and SSL
It is highly recommended to set up a reverse proxy in front of CODE, either you run CODE from Docker, or you use native packages. It is easy, and this way CODE can be reached on standard HTTP or HTTPS ports. We provide sample configuration files for Apache2 and Nginx. If you want SSL, we recommend certificates from Let’s Encrypt.
https://collabora.example.comas the WOPI URL in your preferred File Sync and Share solution. See below for specific examples.
For more detailed and pretty instructions on integrating with various partner solutions please see (in alphabetical order):
What next ?
That’s it – once you’ve integrated CODE with your preferred File Sync and Share (FSS), or started up your VM you should be setup to share and collaborate on your own documents, with friends, from the comfort of your own home.
So now you’re all happy and secure, why not participate in the project?
Participate in the project
Checking out the source code to build it yourself is easy; http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/online has the latest commits, and build instructions. After compiling ‘online’ just do a $make run and follow the link to tweak things live. The API is visible here: https://www.collaboraoffice.com/collabora-online-editor-api-reference/ and LibreOffice Online API.To send patches, and collaborate with other developers working on the code please do join in at #libreoffice-dev on irc.freenode.org, or join the Mailing List. If you want to help update the documentation please do help out in the Wiki, to file bugs please head to Bugzilla and as you file a bug – please do take the time to confirm at least one other un-confirmed bug if there are any. Help fixing bugs, and patches that arrive via gerrit are most easy for us to merge.
What is CODE, LibreOffice Online, Collabora Online & snapshot?
- CODE is perfect for home users that want to start to run their own online Office Suite, but will warn you when it starts to look like it is being used in an enterprise – ie. more than twenty documents or ten users.
- CODE builds on the other hand, are released on average once a month and announced on this website. For certain periods in development, we might also release daily snapshots.
- If you are looking for a scalable, commercially supported version with Long Term Support, signed security updates and a SLA, your best bet is to check out our Collabora Online page.
For more details on enterprise support from various partner solutions please see: Nextcloud, ownCloud, Kolab, VNC Lagoon, Arawa, FileCloud, AG-I Solutions, SecuredStore, Alinto, Studio Storti, Rono IT, equipe, New Access, United Hoster, Urberri, Webo.hosting, Artistanbul, PC HELP, Retention Range, Workman.net.au, DAASI International GmbHCheck out the page Understanding the differences between LibreOffice Online, CODE and Collabora Online for more details about the differences or download the white paper “8 Million Reasons to Choose Collabora Online”
Download the White Paper
“8 Million Reasons to Choose Collabora Online”
Partners and clients get access to the partner portal. How does it look like and what do you get?
With links to tickets, preferences,…
See what Collabora is doing and at what upcoming events we’ll be present.
Add and manage your customers. You can add customer companies, and users for those customer companies. You can also report issues on
behalf of your customers, if you sell L3 support packages to them.
Visible to Collabora Online partners and customers. All relevant documents that you need to set up Collabora Online. Partner can find extra documents here, to help them market and sell Collabora Online.
Visible to Collabora Office resellers and customers. All relevant Collabora Office documents and the complete list of downloads.
Where can I find out more about the technical architecture?
Clearly the code provides the canonical version of everything. However – here is some basic overview. The code splits into four pieces:
This is the API that allows the re-use of the bulk of the existing LibreOffice code. It exposes a simple abstract API to allow loading, saving, and rendering documents to image tiles, and also exposes an event based editing core. This piece lives in the main core.git module of LibreOffice.
Web Services daemon
This manages incoming session traffic, services cached document tiles, and spawns LibreOfficeKit client instances, setting up heavily locked down chroot jails for them. The code for this piece lives in loolwsd/ inside online.git.
Clearly on its own CODE is not terribly useful – so make sure you integrate it with your preferred FSS cf. above. The FSS implements a protocol such as WOPI to serve your document data, and integrate with its existing authentication mechanism.
Why didn’t you fix my bug yet for free?
Please feel free to join our efforts in making this the best Online Office Suite. We’re working hard to make CODE better, but more help is always welcome. Learn more in “Participate in the project”.
Is this all Free Software / Open Source?
Yes, of course. That was easy wasn’t it: Open First.
Where is the roadmap?
The development edition, aimed at home users, contains the latest and greatest developments and things are moving fast, but there is no published roadmap. If you want features delivered to your schedule then you’re looking for the commercial edition of Collabora Online.
Can I re-use your screenshots & content for my blog / article?
Yes naturally, please use this page’s content under some CC0 license / Public Domain as long as you respect our trademark, we love to get the message out.
Who did the work?
CODE is built on top of a huge volume of work from both LibreOffice (credits), however the Online functionality was created primarily by Collabora (as announced in 2015) – read more about the story of that here. And thanks to Lukas Reschke for help with the docker image.
The first integration for ownCloud (and later for Nextcloud) was built on top of Documents plugin (based on work of Frank Karlitschek and Victor Dubiniuk) that was renamed to RichDocuments. Currently we have many more integrations written by either by Collabora or by Collabora Partners.
What are the latest updates?
Changes and improvements
If you have any suggestions for changes or have ideas for improvements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.