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OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK)

The OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK) is an add-on for OpenOffice.org. It provides the the necessary tools and documentation for programming the OpenOffice.org APIs and creating your own extensions (UNO components) for OpenOffice.org. The SDK will accompany new releases of OpenOffice.org.

The detailed developer documentation has been moved into the wiki for easier maintenance and better community collaboration. Please see the Developer's Guide online. This comprehensive guide (wiki book) provides, in more than 900 wiki pages, a detailed description of the OpenOffice.org API concepts, the OpenOffice.org UNO component model and how to use the API in the context of the different application areas. At the close of each chapter, there is at least one example that shows how to use the API.

Interested developers should start using this SDK for their implementations. Feedback is welcome via email on dev@api.openoffice.org, and bugs should be reported as an IssueZilla task. All requests for enhancement and new features will be collected and go into the planning of future versions of the SDK.

SDK Download

Customize or extend your office installation with new functionality or simplify your daily work by creating automated tasks. Test it and download the SDK to find out the power of OpenOffice.org and its programmability features.


Changes with the OpenOffice.org 3.0 SDK

The initial plan was to integrate the SDK as an optional part in the office installation directly. In the last minute we detected a high increase of the build time (packaging) because of the huge amount of files. That was not accpetable and we changed the initial plan. The SDK is still available as separate download.

Because of this last minute change the installation especially under windows is not perfect. The setup suggests to install the SDK under the new base layer which is recommneded. Otherwise the configuration works not properly. This will change in the future.

Anyway the installation differs on the different platforms. On Mac OSX the SDK is completely separated because of the strcuture with the application bundle. On Windows and the other UNIX platforms the SDK is installed as a sub directory in the new base layer (introduced in OpenOffice.org 3.0) and is shared between different installations based on the same base layer.

Building the SDK

All people who want to build a SDK from scratch should take account of the SDK build guide.

Last update: 11-Aug-2008

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