Apache OpenOffice

Wednesday October 30, 2013

75 Million Downloads of Apache OpenOffice

We are pleased to report that yesterday, October 29th, someone downloaded the 75,000,000th copy of  Apache OpenOffice™.   The 75 million downloads have occurred in the less than 18th months since the first release of Apache OpenOffice on May 8th, 2012. 

Apache OpenOffice (formerly called OpenOffice.org) is the leading free and open source office application suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. 

Although we're all very busy now with working on our next major release, Apache OpenOffice 4.1, it is worth taking a few minutes to explore some of the trends that can be discerned from our download data.  The information we have gathered, relative to desktop OS versions, 64-bit Linux use, etc.,  may be of special interest to other open source projects to consider in their planning.

First a scatter plot of daily download numbers, with a 7-day moving average overlay.  Each of our releases is marked by a vertical line.  You can clearly see the increase in interest since the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.0.


We are able to break down these trends along several other dimensions.  One is by country, looking at where the download request came from.  This information is gleaned from the IP address of the machine making the request.  Since each IP address is part of an assigned block of addresses, and blocks are assigned geographically, we can create a table of downloads by country, territory, etc.  We show the full table on our website, of all 238 countries, territories, etc., but here are the top 10:

#1 United States 14,148,707
#2 France 9,622,464
#3 Germany 7,363,242
#4 Italy 6,239,913
#5 Japan 3,944,256
#6 United Kingdom 3,316,827
#7 Spain 2,756,638
#8 Russia 2,693,113
#9 Canada 2,177,430
#10 Poland

Another approach is to look at which localized versions of Apache OpenOffice were downloaded.  We can see these trends in the following dot chart:


We can also look at the trend over time of downloads by operating system.   (Note the log-scale on the Y-axis.)  OpenOffice is a mainstream open source desktop application, so the OS distribution reflects overall desktop operating system market shares:


Since we have Linux versions of OpenOffice packed as RPMs (e.g., for RedHat) as well as DEBs (e.g., for Ubuntu), we can look for trends in the ratio of requests for these two packaging formats over time:


Also, we have 32-bit and 64-bit Linux downloads, and we see a gradual increase in demand over time for the 64-bit version, now reaching 50%.  (The drop in July-September is not fully explained, but may have been an error in our download page that was not recommending 64-bit downloads appropriately.)


Although we don't have detailed download data for different Windows versions (we have a single download for all Windows users) we do have information from website visitors (nearly 7 million visitors per month) that tells a similar story.  Windows 7 remains the most popular Windows version for our users, accounting for over half of Windows visitors.  Windows XP ties with Windows 8 for second place, though Windows XP usage is declining quickly.


Looking at the similar data for web browsers, we see the rise in Chrome users among our website visitors:


The above charts were made in R, using data from SourceForge's REST API and from Google Analytics.   The processing of the SourceForge data was automated via a custom Python script.


Hi, Congratulations on 75M downloads. I love the stability and community of ApacheOpenOffice. It is sad that there has to be LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Imagine what could be achieved if the teams worked together. I still have to use MS Office at work due to a complex range of VBA that I need, but at home OpenOffice is my first choice. Is there any hope on getting Apache OpenOffice back as the default on Ubuntu and openSUSE? Thanks

Posted by Peter Jones on October 31, 2013 at 04:55 PM UTC #

This is my first experience with 'OpenOffice.' I'm still learning the do-it-yourself techniques required for success. I dearly love it. This is the way windows should have been from the start. Thank you! I'm 76 yrs. old.

Posted by Joan Porter on November 02, 2013 at 03:03 PM UTC #

telecharger open office 4

Posted by Betbeze Jack on November 04, 2013 at 08:53 AM UTC #

I quit using OpenOffice in favour of Excel because we´re working with sheets containing more than 200 thousands rows, and Calc can´t handle it well, crashing a lot. There´s an urgent need of a 64-bit version of OO for Windows, so it would be able to use all CPU cores and available RAM, just like Excel does. Well, that´s my particular use case but, for all other things, OO finishes the job and does it well.

Posted by Jorge Costa on November 05, 2013 at 01:19 PM UTC #


Posted by on November 05, 2013 at 09:00 PM UTC #

I am happy about this

Posted by Lat on November 06, 2013 at 03:56 AM UTC #

Yes it,s good

Posted by Lat on November 06, 2013 at 03:57 AM UTC #

I use this program every day. Very content

Posted by A.Leenaars on November 06, 2013 at 11:25 AM UTC #

this is cool

Posted by on November 07, 2013 at 12:12 AM UTC #

Is someone working on port in the pkgsrc tree(pkgsrc.se). Currently is a very old version in the repo, nobody wants to use it.

Posted by bstea on November 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM UTC #

Very good!

Posted by Khaled Daouzli on November 08, 2013 at 12:02 AM UTC #

its good

Posted by denis picard on November 08, 2013 at 07:11 PM UTC #

Congratulations on 75M downloads

Posted by DietKart.com on November 09, 2013 at 06:06 AM UTC #

good aplication

Posted by on November 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM UTC #

Wow! 75 Million Downloads of Apache OpenOffice, thats so finde, I thank you in the Name of the 75 Million Downloaders for your great Work on this Software.

Posted by Frank on November 10, 2013 at 02:31 PM UTC #

Hope it works good so far Google software has been disappointing.

Posted by David Hall on November 13, 2013 at 06:18 AM UTC #

Sharing informatuion about this product that is very easy to find was extremely helpful. As you design new products, I will certainly share them with others. Cunsumer friendly companies are hard to find!

Posted by E L on November 14, 2013 at 03:52 PM UTC #

dis is ok

Posted by on November 15, 2013 at 01:59 PM UTC #

i love this apps

Posted by Line on November 15, 2013 at 02:00 PM UTC #

This is my first time using the OpenOffice and see how it goes.

Posted by on November 16, 2013 at 02:54 AM UTC #

Great job!

Posted by Johnston on November 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM UTC #

j aime open ofice parceque cest tres bien pour aprendre ...........

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Posted by Ric on November 20, 2013 at 03:27 AM UTC #

i love it

Posted by on November 21, 2013 at 05:41 PM UTC #


Posted by 高晨榕 on November 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM UTC #

This is my first experience with 'OpenOffice.' I'm still learning the do-it-yourself techniques required for success. I dearly love it. This is the way windows should have been from the start. Thank you! I'm 76 yrs. old.

Posted by Charles Walter on November 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM UTC #

this is good

Posted by on November 23, 2013 at 03:23 AM UTC #

بعض الشركات لا تفكر إلا بالمال.. كل شيء بالمال بالمال بالمال ولكن أنتم تعملون من أجل سعادة الناس..ولهذا سوف تنجحون. شكراً جزيلا ولن أنسى لكم هذا البرنامج الرائع خصوصاً بعد الترجمة للعربية thank you thank thank you :D

Posted by Rana on November 23, 2013 at 05:44 AM UTC #

Nice app

Posted by Panagiotis Ermidis on November 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM UTC #


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