Open MS Word 2007 .docx documents in Ubuntu Linux!

I had an instructor upload a document in the new Microsoft Word 2007 .docx format and was in a panic to open it until I found this import filter for A quick web search produced this page from mypapit. To make the magic work, you simply download this file to your desktop.

  1. Double-click the odf_filter.tar.bz2 on your desktop, then click Extract.
  2. This will place the files in a folder titled “files” on your desktop.
  3. Click Applications, then Accessories, then Terminal.
  4. In the terminal, type the following commands:
  5. cd Desktop/
  6. cd files/
  7. sudo cp OdfConverter /usr/lib/openoffice/program/
    ***** The next line in the included instructions is wrong, so be sure to add the /(slash) before usr.
  8. sudo cp MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/
  9. sudo cp MOOXTypeDetection.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types/
  10. Click Applications > Office > OpenOffice Word Processor.
  11. Click open and select Microsoft Word 2007 document as the file type.
  12. Realize this could be avoided if Microsoft would just adhere to the open document format (ODF) accepted by the ISO as the standard for document formats. Check out my previous blog about this
  13. Realize as well that if this is an archival document – someone in the future may NOT be able to access it because it is in a proprietary format (claiming to be open) like the one used in Microsoft Office 2007.

Here’s an interesting piece from eWeek about MS Office Alternatives:

Believe it or not, there are many choices available to IT managers considering switching from Microsoft Office to an alternative office productivity suite. A simple Google search will prove just how many competing suites are in the marketplace. StarOffice 8,, ThinkFree Office, Corel WordPerfect Office X3, NeoOffice, Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and Apple’s iWork are a handful of options available.


32 responses to “Open MS Word 2007 .docx documents in Ubuntu Linux!

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  3. Mac and P.C. users that do not own Microsoft Office but still want to convert, open and use Word 2007 DOCX or Excel 2007 XLSX files on their own computer, can use “docxconverter 2.0”. See:

  4. Thanks! It was a very useful post for me. It worked perfectly! 🙂

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  6. thanks it worked, though it messed up some formats but i was able to read the docx at least, I think there’s a typo on step 9 at the end

  7. Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. It works like a charm!

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  9. very interesting. i’m adding in RSS Reader

  10. Bummer. It says the document is corrupted and it can’t repair it.

    Thanks anyway!


  11. It claims that the file is corrupt and can’t repair it (same as anja) 😦

    Thank you for great guide though!

  12. I am getting the same corrupt document issue…and I can’t repair it. Thanks! Keep us up to date.

  13. Thanks for the info., it worked perfect for me.

  14. Thnx dude this link helped me out.

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  16. I got the corrupt issue but I just ran the executable and could open the resulting odt file. Here is the command, with the utility from the above archive: ./OdfConverter /I .docx

  17. How about installing Office 2007 in Ubuntu in a very convenient way. Here is a tutorial

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my Ubuntu heart!

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  20. Worked great! Thanks!

  21. Thank you for posting this, it’s helped me out.

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  27. thanks man, just made my day!:)

  28. This post was a LIFESAVER. Thanks so much for this. I had the same experience with a professor posting in 2k7 format.

  29. Wow! You really are life saver . You advice surely worked and saved me from trouble.

  30. Thanks for the guide. I can now open the .docx files although the EndNote references are missing. These will show up OK if I convert the document to Word 97 format then open in OpenOffice.

  31. Hey great blog…
    nice contents..
    keep it up!!

  32. Hi:

    I found a different solution.

    I use Ubuntu 9.04 and Ooo3.0.1, the one that comes into synaptic. Dont try with a newer version becouse it doesnt work.

    I uninstalled the last version i had (3.2) and installed it from synaptic.

    I downloaded this file:

    installed and i got it.

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