I have a large number of odt reports in one folder.

How can I merge them into one odt document from the command line?

I have found that this was possible in ooo_cat, but that seems deprecated (or at least I don't know where to start to use it).

Is it possible to merge odt documents from the command line? Does ooo_cat do the trick, if so, how can I install and use it?

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    also see ooopy.sourceforge.net :) what python version are you using? ;) – Rinzwind Jun 12 '14 at 12:02
  • @Rinzwind Of course I've read that as well as sourceforge.net/projects/ooopy, but I cannot find easy install and use instructions (also for future reference). – don.joey Jun 12 '14 at 12:06
  • @Rinzwind python 2.7.6 and 3.4.0. – don.joey Jun 12 '14 at 12:06
  • Also I want to avoid conflict between OO and LO. – don.joey Jun 12 '14 at 12:08
  • Try with libreoffice --print-to-file [OUTPUT FILE HERE] *.odt – user224082 Jun 12 '14 at 12:25

I had time to have a go at @Rinzwind's mentioned ooopy - to install it, download the latest version from here, then extract it and run the setup.py as mentioned here - or just run these commands to install the currently latest version 1.11:

wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ooopy/ooopy/1.11/OOoPy-1.11.tar.gz
tar -xf OOoPy-1.11.tar.gz
cd OOoPy-1.11/
sudo python ./setup.py install

You can then use it like this:

ooo_cat file1.odt file2.odt file3.odt > file123.odt

this may also work:

ooo_cat file1.odt file2.odt file3.odt -o file123.odt

I have only tried it with three ODTs with small amounts of text.

  • Ubuntu 14.04 and Python 2.7.6. Gave it a whirl with 25 separate one-page .odt documents, and it went well up until about page 16, where the formatting got all messed up after that. – Andy J Dec 3 '15 at 11:31
  • @Andy - u could report it as a bug, or try merging them in smalls groups (say 5), and then merging those resulting groups. – Wilf Dec 3 '15 at 11:55

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