Understanding the differences between LibreOffice Online, CODE and Collabora Online

We welcome the first source release of LibreOffice Online, which has been released with LibreOffice 5.3. This is exciting news! Some people may wonder what the differences are between this new release and CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition) or Collabora Online, we’ll explain that below.

libreoffice_tdfLibreOffice Online:

  • LibreOffice Online 5.3 – source
    • LibreOffice Online while being fairly small has a very tight coupling to the underlying LibreOffice core version it works on, it requires that version.
    • TDF provide a source release that matches the LibreOffice 5.3 release branch suitable for packagers.
  • LibreOffice Online Docker Image
    • This is a convenient docker image at: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/.
    • This is a very regularly updated snapshot of the latest master build of both online and LibreOffice that has passed both the LibreOffice and online automated testing.
    • Great for home use as well as enjoying the latest translations and developments.

CODE-logoCODE (Collabora Online Development Edition):

Collabora-Online-logo-plainCollabora Online:

  • The production-ready edition of LibreOffice in the Cloud, with Long Term Support, a SLA and signed security updates.
  • Built around the Collabora Office core.
  • Partners and customers receive frequent updates.
  • Advanced technical documentation and support available.
  • Online trials in ownCloud, Nextcloud, Pydio and Seafile available.
  • Enterprises can get Collabora Online in their favourite file share and sync software via one of our partners. Collabora can also provide tailored solutions.
  • Cloud and Hosting providers can offer Collabora Online to their customers by becoming a partner.

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. Short after this, Collabora released the production-ready Collabora Online 1.0.

Recently, CODE 2.0 and Collabora Online 2.0 made collaborative editing available, and this functionality is making its first debut into the initial LibreOffice Online release.

We encourage people to contribute and get involved. While Collabora has done 99% of code commits so far – we would really love to have more people involved. Do send patches to gerrit or to the development-list to get in touch.

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CODE 2.0 updates

code-logoWe are happy to inform you of our newest Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0 update. This is a bugfix release with updated localizations, and some new features. The most important feature added in this update is the new responsive design.

New features and fixes

  • Responsive design, i.e. optimized user interface for small screen mobile devices
  • Updated translations
  • Fixed text input with Chrome Android and Firefox Android
  • User interface fixes
  • Stability fixes

Responsive design screenshots

Text documents:






How to update

To check out this latest version of CODE, simply update with:

docker pull collabora/code

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CODE 2.0 updates

code-logoWe start the year with a list of updates for Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0, including some cool new features, fixes and API improvements.


New features and fixes

  • Insert Special Characters feature (in menu and on toolbar)
  • Initial support for IME. Now it is, for example, possible to type in Chinese
  • Many stability fixes
  • Various UI fixes (toolbar, tooltips, retina display)
  • Fixed printing on MS Edge
  • A user with slow network connection cannot block the work of other users of the same document any more.
  • Updated localizations
  • Many more, small fixes



  • Use EnableOwnerTermination property for ownertermination
    Document owners (sessions with their WOPI UserId = OwnerId) can close the document (for all sessions), if EnableOwnerTermination property  is specified. Note that EnableOwnerTermination is an extension to WOPI, and not part of original WOPI standard.
  • DisablePrint, DisableExport, and DisableCopy WOPI properties
    These boolean properties, when passed with CheckFileInfo, disable printing, download and copy to/from clipboard respectively.


Important change in Apache2 reverse proxy config:

We had previously:

AllowEncodedSlashes On

Now we need:

AllowEncodedSlashes NoDecode

We had previously:

ProxyPassMatch "/lool/(.*)/ws$" wss://$1/ws

Now we need:

ProxyPassMatch "/lool/(.*)/ws$" wss://$1/ws nocanon

How to update

Simply update with:

docker pull collabora/code

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CODE 2.0 updates

code-logoWe’ve have released the first update of Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0. A lot happened under the hood, but there are also some nice new features!




  • Inclusion of Google Noto font family, which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel.
  • Fixed localization of the menu bar
  • Improved Writer’s Format menu, including page size and orientation.
  • New startup options for CODE (requested by user at https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=103724).
        -e 'username=admin' -e 'password=123456'

    in docker command line set the username and password environment variables in container, which will be used by the start-libreoffice.sh script and it sets the username and password for the admin console.

  • WOPI Postmessage API updates:
    • Session owners (sessions which have their OwnerId === UserId in their CheckFileInfo response) now have the ability to terminate other sessions opening the same document. You can use this only if you enable it by specifically adding a special field to WOPI’s CheckFileInfo.
    • You can hide the complete ‘File’ menu from the menu bar or ‘Save’, ‘Print’ and ‘Download as’ individually. Each of them have corresponding fields in CheckFileInfo response which must be turned on to hide them. If all are hidden and there is nothing for ‘File’ menu to show, ‘File’ is hidden.
    • Hosts now have the ability to ‘Save’, ‘Print’ and ‘Export’ using the PostMessageAPI. See more details at https://www.collaboraoffice.com/collabora-online-editor-api-reference/
  • Under the hood:
    • stability fixes
    • improved logging

For ownCloud and Nextcloud integrations, this release requires Collabora Online Connector 1.1.13, because UserCanWrite WOPI property must be boolean, not string. Other implementations should take this into account.


How to update

Simply update with:

docker pull collabora/code

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Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0 released

CODE 2.0 (Collabora Online Development Edition) now includes collaborative editing


Cambridge, United Kingdom – November 2, 2016 – Collabora Productivity, the developers behind LibreOffice Online, announced the release of CODE 2.0, including the latest and most requested feature from customers: collaborative editing. Developers and home users are encouraged to update, try this out and get involved with the latest developments – however for enterprise production users are recommended to wait for Collabora Online 2.0 – due soon.

code_v2_calc_detailCODE is the LibreOffice Online solution with the latest developments, perfect for home users that want to integrate their own online Office Suite with their preferred File Share and Sync solution. It allows editing of richly formatted documents directly from a web browser, with excellent support for all popular office file formats, including text documents (docx, doc, odt,…), spreadsheets (xlsx, xls, ods,…) and presentations (pptx, ppt, odp,…). For enterprises that look for a scalable, commercially supported version with Long Term Support, signed security updates and a SLA, Collabora Productivity provides Collabora Online.

Collabora Productivity shows with this release that they’ve done some amazing worksaid Holger Dyroff, Managing Director at ownCloud.The Collaborative Editing functionality was urgently requested by our enterprise users and the ownCloud Community! Thanks to Collabora’s commitment to Open Source, we now have an online office suite inside ownCloud that includes full collaboration – easy to use. With Collabora Online for ownCloud Enterprise you can access your office documents online, author new content, share your work and collaboratively work on the same document with others, while others can see changes in real time and take over editing.

More info about Collabora Online in ownCloud

Collaborative file editing is something our community and customers are really interested in and Collabora Productivity has delivered thissaid Frank Karlitschek, Managing Director at Nextcloud.We’re proud to be partner with Collabora, the creators of LibreOffice Online, to deliver scalable, secure enterprise solutions to customers together.

More info about Collabora Online in Nextcloud

We have just released Pydio 7 with LibreOffice Online functionality with CODE for home users and Collabora Online for enterprisessaid Charles du Jeu, CEO of Pydio.Collabora Productivity has shown LibreOffice Online solves real user problems and is here to stay.

More info about Collabora Online in Pydio

Last year, in December, after a lot of work, Collabora Productivity released the first edition of CODE, bringing easy to integrate LibreOffice Online to the community for the very first time. The response of the community to this milestone was amazing and over the year interest in the project increased continuously, while Collabora Productivity continued to release frequent updates. Now, another huge milestone has been reached with the release of CODE 2.0, including the much requested collaborative editing on CODE.

We want to thank our outstanding partners for making LibreOffice Online available to their community and customers, and helping our goal of Collabore Online on every cloud, everywhere” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “This latest development release, with collaborative editing, is a huge step in this exciting journey and we are looking forward to grow this project even more.

code_v2_impress_detailThe goal of CODE is to get as many people as possible to try it out and get back control of their own online documents. Visit https://www.collaboraoffice.com/code/ to read how to set up CODE in your preferred File Share and Sync solution, or to learn about how to participate in this great project.



Collaborative editing on a text document in CODE, with comments and replies to comments.


Collaborative editing in a spreadsheet in CODE.


Collaborative editing in a presentation in CODE, selecting text and elements.

Try it out

  • Developers & home users:
    Visit https://www.collaboraoffice.com/code/ to read how to set up CODE in your preferred File Share and Sync solution, or to learn about how to participate in this great project.
  • Enterprises:
    Enterprise production users are recommended to wait for Collabora Online 2.0 – due soon. In the meanwhile, try out the online demos of Collabora Online 1.0 in Nextcloud, ownCloud, Seafile and Pydio.

Want to offer Collabora Online to your clients?

Add LibreOffice Online functionality to your products! Simply fill out the “Become a partner” form and learn how you can do this.

About Collabora Productivity:

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing 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, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

About ownCloud:

Organizations that must share confidential data internally and externally rely on ownCloud’s on-premises enterprise Universal File Access platform. Only ownCloud gives IT the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data, preserve business processes and integrate with existing compliant infrastructures while offering users the modern collaboration experience they demand. This is made possible through ownCloud’s open, modular architecture, extreme extensibility and unique federated cloud sharing capabilities. Company headquarters are in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, visit: http://www.owncloud.com.

About Nextcloud:

Nextcloud offers a unique-in-the-industry fully open source solution for on-premise data handling and communication with a uncompromising focus on security and privacy. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data with next-generation secure communication and collaboration capabilities under direct control of IT and integrated with existing compliant infrastructure. Nextcloud’s open, modular architecture, emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit https://nextcloud.com or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.

About Pydio:

Pydio is the world’s largest Open Source file sharing and synchronization focused project for the enterprise. Pydio is a founder owned company. The Pydio Project delivers a sustainable balance between enterprise customers needs and Open-Source collaborative spirit. Sold in 25 countries, from Cupertino to Singapore, Pydio is used by leading brands such as Nikon, Ion Geophysical, and Guitar Center. Pydio also serves education and government clients such as Cambridge University (UK) and ADEME (France). It currently has over one million downloads.

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