We have a need to replace LibreOffice headless as a ODT-to-PDF converter. The software we are looking should have to following requirements:

  • Convert a massive number (as a batch process) of ODT documents to PDF.
  • Realtime, concurent conversion of ODT documents
  • Preferably should be Linux oriented
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    You may recall why you need to replace LibreOfffice. Not fast enough?
    – Damien
    Jan 14, 2022 at 12:23
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    You might have a look at [pandoc](www.pandoc.org). I like this software, but didn't have the occasion to test it for that purpose. Should do it if I am not wrong.
    – Damien
    Jan 14, 2022 at 12:26
  • Libreoffice seems to have concurency issues and also might have some kind of mem leaks since we see it failing from time to time, especially on a large amount of batch conversions.
    – trikelef
    Jan 14, 2022 at 12:29
  • Since Linux is just preferably would Windows tool feat as well? Can it be comercial tool?
    – convert
    Jan 14, 2022 at 13:35
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    While Pandoc was my first thought, too, you could also give Calibre a look (link goes to the corresponding documentation page, showing options e.g. for ODT input and PDF output). Have not tried it for that, though, due to lack of demand for batch processing ODT->PDF (I use it for HTML=>EPUB where it works fine).
    – Izzy
    Jan 14, 2022 at 17:55

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odt-to-pdf-converter and docs-to-pdf-converter are both free document converters writen in Java, so they should work with Linux. While the first one has GUI the other is just command line and some kind of open sorce. And if there is no way around Windows, TEbookConverter could be a solution, it´s free too.

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