About project docbook2odf


Docbook2odf is a toolkit that automaticaly converts DocBook to OpenDocument (ODF - text/spreadsheet/presentation). Conversion is based on a XSLT which makes it easy to convert DocBook to ODF, ODT, ODS and ODP as all these documents are XML based. All conversions are executed using the command docbook2odf.

XSLT stylesheets are easy to develop and proven way of generating document conversions. All style sheets are released under the GPL license. The resulting XML document produced is easier to understand and more structured than any WordML or .DOC formats.

Docbook2odf itegrates support for multimedia which is automaticaly stored in the zipped form of the ODF file.


I have started this project with a vision to provide seamless conversion and generation of OpenDocuments from DocBook. As I and the company I work for use DocBook extensively for our documentation purposes it is essential to provide support for corporate identity and personal styles with high quality results, speaks the chief of Research and Development section of the Comsultia company Roman Fordinál . Generating conversions between these popular formats is even more important with OpenDocument becoming a supported document interchange standard.

Our primary goal is to create transformation filters (XSLT) which are capable of generating high quality OpenDocument files from DocBook documents without further modifications. These documents can be directly electronicaly distributed (ODF or PDF) or printed. Docbook2odf also provides support for Corporate Identity of personal style templates - all ready for business.

Much effort is directed to create instantly usable conversions for the corporate sphere (We are implementing this in our company). Our decision to publish and develop these transformations under GPL license is based on our beliefs that any document interchange and formats should be based on transparent standard and open technologies. Therefore it is important to share and develop such software with as large audience as possible. The advantages of opensource development process come in the form of a larger audience and feedback an of course from other developers and contributors.


The mission of docbook2odf developers is to promote DocBook and OpenDocument by developing easy to use and clean conversions.

supported formats

  • DocBook 4.5

    The most actual version of DocBook

  • Slides 3.3


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.