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AbiWord 3.0.4 for Linux/ AbiWord 2.9.4 for Windows

AbiWord 3.0.4 for Linux/ AbiWord 2.9.4 for Windows

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It has lots of features useful for your daily work, personal needs, or for just some good old typing fun. Suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, etc.

AbiWord is able to read and write all industry standard document types. Such as documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents, HTML web pages and many more.

Enjoy your favorite Word Processor on the operating system you like to use – be it Windows, Linux, QNX, FreeBSD or Solaris. Give your document that professional, scientific or fun-to-read look using advanced document layout options. Use tables, bullets, lists, images, footnotes, endnotes and styles to enhance the way your document looks.

With AbiWord’s Mail Merge capabilities, you can let AbiWord automate that job for you. Special fields inserted into a template document can automatically be replaced with data coming from a variety of sources, such as Relational Databases, Comma Separated Text files or Tabbed Text files.

To facilitate the use of AbiWord in a server environment, a powerful command line interface to AbiWord is available. This allows you to generate form letters, print documents or convert documents to any file format AbiWord supports – all from the command line!

The main program is very small and requires very little resources to run. Therefore you can use it on systems that are not considered “State of the Art” anymore, which comes all too quickly in the IT world.

The plugin system gives AbiWord all the functionality you might expect from a modern Word Processor. You can use a variety of plugins to extend AbiWord’s functionality, ranging from Document Importers to a Thesaurus, Image Importers and a Text Summarizer.

AbiWord installer includes the following extra functionality (“plugins”):

  • Grammar checking (only English supported at the moment)
  • Support for entering formulas and equations
  • Wordperfect file import
  • openDocument file import (the 2 format)
  • Gnumeric charts support (experimental, only works with recent GNOME)

Changes in AbiWord 3.0.4:

  • perform the release from ~/tmp and checksum and sign tarballs (Hubert Figuière)
  • Update appdata for 3.0.4 (Hubert Figuière)
  • Updated Russian translation (Olesya Gerasimenko)
  • Fix a improper call to strncmp() (Hubert Figuière)
  • Fix a build failure in ut_jpeg.cpp (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Added release date to appdata (Hubert Figuière)

Changes in AbiWord 3.0.3:


  • Update Slovak translation (Jaroslav Ryník)
  • Update sq-AL.po (Besnik Bleta)


  • Update release script for git (Hubert Figuière)
  • New for git and disable generate_changelog.php script (Hubert Figuière)
  • AppData: added changes for 3.0.3 (Hubert Figuière)
  • Fix touch pad scrolling. (Hubert Figuière)
  • Make abiword build with libical3.
  • Do not #include evolution-data-server with C linkage.
  • build: Don’t check for libecal. (Iain Lane)
  • AppData: fix some validation errors. (Hubert Figuière)
  • Initialize gtk in the tests to prevent crashing. (Hubert Figuière)
  • Fix a runtime error (integer overflow) (Jean Brefort)
  • Fix a bad static_cast. (Jean Brefort)
  • gtk: fix stylist styles population (Hubert Figuière)
  • gtk: fix Gtk criticals in dialog stylist (Hubert Figuière)
  • AppData: Add license (Hubert Figuière)
  • Added gitignore (Hubert Figuière)
  • AppData: use the proper ID (Hubert Figuière)
  • AppData: include OARS data (Hubert Figuière)
  • AppData: use https. New screenshot. Added releases. (Hubert Figuière)
  • Bug 13672 – Add AppData file. (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13791 – Disable double buffering on Gtk3. (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13791 – Reduce the gdk updates to reduce flickering in X (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13791 – Fix flicker and caret problems. (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13815 – draw event should return TRUE (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Don’t delete GError but use g_error_free instead (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Do not delete[] strings allocated with g_malloc(). Fixes #13834 (Jean Brefort)
  • Bug 13826 – Part 3: Fix out of bounds read of basedon style (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13826 – Part 2: fix an out of bounds access. (Hubert Figuiere)
  • omit frame pointer when -fsanitize (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Add libasan support at configure time (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13827 – Fix overflow read in PNG (Hubert Figuiere)
  • Bug 13819 – Remove nullptr as we don’t require C++11 (Hubert Figuiere)

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AbiWord: System Requirements

This document describes the system requirements we believe necessary in order for someone on run AbiWord reasonably on his/her computer. This is a rough guide, and you may run just fine on a lower-class system than what we describe, or run poorly on a higher-end system. As always, your mileage may vary. With that said, we hope for this to be useful:

Microsoft Windows:

  • Windows 2000.
  • Windows 95, 98 and ME are no longer supported in 2.6. Use 2.4.6 instead

GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris (2.6, 7,8,9,10), AIX, HP/UX (10.20, 11.0), OSF/1, Tru64:

  • GTK+ 2.12 or newer
  • At least 16MB RAM (embedded systems probably won’t require more than 8)
  • Any processor that supports any of these operating systems (which is effectively, any processor)

Mac OS X:

Note: currently the latest AbiWord version available for Mac OS X is 2.4.5

  • Mac OS X 10.2 or later is an affiliate partner that provides software selling with discounts and coupons, also software updates and downloads