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Antiword displaying the GPL from a Word document with head
Developer(s) Adri van Os
Stable release 0.37 / 2005-10-21; 4 years ago
Operating system Cross-platform
License GPL

Antiword is a free software reader for proprietary Microsoft Word documents, and is available for most computer platforms. Antiword can convert the documents from Microsoft Word version 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text, PostScript, PDF, and XML/DocBook (experimental).



The Word format is proprietary and only officially supported on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Reading the format on other systems can be difficult or impossible. Antiword was created to support reading this format on these systems.

Using the plain text output of Antiword, a Word document can be processed and filtered using shell scripts traditional text tools such as diff and grep.[1] It can also be used to filter Word document spam.[2]

As of July 2007, development seems to have stagnated. It has been over three years since a release, but the website has been updated recently.

See also

wv - library for converting word files.


  1. ^'s "CLI Magic: Antiword" CLI Magic: Antiword
  2. ^ Nabble Forums Word doc spam

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