OpenOffice Installation Guide

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. With OpenOffice enabled as a NetX engine, Microsoft Office documents can be rendered within the application. 

This article is only applicable to on-premise installations. If you are a SaaS customer, OpenOffice is automatically installed and configured optimally.

Windows Linux
  1. On the server that hosts NetX, download and install OpenOffice: Follow the prompts and take the default settings to perform a "Typical" installation.
  2. Edit the exogen-config.xml file and setup the following properties (or add them from System > Preferences):

         <value>C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\</value>
  3. Add the OpenOffice executable path to the Windows Path environment variable. The instructions below are based on a Server 2012 environment. If you are running a different version of Windows Server, you may need to consult Microsoft's documentation on how to edit Environment Variables. Navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > System.

  4. Click on Advanced system settings, then click on the Environment Variables button at the bottom of the System Properties page.

  5. Locate the system variable "Path" and click Edit.

  6. Scroll to the end of the entry field, and type a semicolon to separate the new entry you are going to add. Enter the path of your OpenOffice executable. By default, this path is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\program\

  7. Click OK on the edit prompt and the environment variables page to close out and save your changes.
  8. After adding the property and the environment variable, restart the NetX service and resync any existing Office documents to generate thumbnails, previews, pages, etc.
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