Eclipse plugin for developing LibreOffice extensions/components

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This plugin helps with developing and debugging LibreOffice extensions/components from Eclipse. It supports Java as well as Python extensions.


  • LibreOffice 5.0 or greater
  • Eclipse 4.5 “Mars” or greater

For historic releases supporting older versions of LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) visit this site.



  • LibreOffice (5.0 or greater)
    • Ubuntu: Install libreoffice,libreoffice-dev and libreoffice-java-common.
    • Windows: Install LibreOffice and the LibreOffice SDK from https://www.libreoffice.org/download
    • macOS: No support for macOS currently (see bug #54)
  • Eclipse (4.5 “Mars” or greater)
    • Install “Eclipse IDE for Java Developers” from https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/

Note that PyDev is required if you want to have (optional) Python extension support. You need to install that first manually.

Installing LOEclipse

Install this plugin via the Eclipse Marketplace. Drag the button below to your running Eclipse instance.

Drag to your running Eclipse* workspace. *Requires Eclipse Marketplace Client

You can choose to install Java or Python support or both.


After installing the plugin, you can create new extensions/components by using File->New->Project->LibreOffice.

You can also have a look at the LibreOffice Starter Extension. It contains a step-by-step guide to get started with Java extension development.

More instructions on how to use the LOEclipse plugin are provided via the Eclipse Help system. Go to Help->Help Contents and select “LOEclipse User Guide”

You find more resources for extension development on https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Extension_Development


  • General
    • Wizards to create new projects, service or interface files
    • Projects can be deployed directly into your LibreOffice instance
    • Deployed extensions can be debugged right in Eclipse
  • Java
    • Supported project types: Extensions, Components, URE Applications
    • Generate ant build script to build the extension without Eclipse
  • Python
    • Supported project type: Extensions
    • Requires PyDev