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Getting started with Apache OpenOffice development

You are at the start of a long, but very exciting journey! Apache OpenOffice is a large and inclusive project. No matter what your interests are, there is always a place for you here. There are many ways to get started, but the easiest one is to:

Get the source code and start building

Build your own OpenOffice so that you are able to modify things

Tip.png The Building Guide will walk you through this.

Fix a bug or an annoyance

Pick up your favorite bug/annoyance, and try to fix that. Read how to Contribute a patch via Issue Tracker.

Tip.png Browse [Top voted issues] or review our To-Dos list that presents the key issues of interest to the core components

Contribute more

When you see that hacking AOO pleases you, it's time to look for bigger tasks, get in contact on IRC or on the development mailing list. The list is friendly and supportive; the people want to help.

Create an extension

Extensions are easy to write and fun to see in action. You can add features that millions of others will use by using Java, Python, StarBasic, or JavaScript. Find more on Extension development wiki page. The OpenOffice UNO component model is quite extensive and can be daunting at first. To help you, there is a comprehensive Development Guide. The easiest way to get started is by using the plugins for Netbeans and for Eclipse. Plus, you can get help from the DEV mailing list.

Development resources

Further reading

Education project

Tip.png If you don't find the instructions in the Wiki good enough to guide you or if you are interested in some aspect that is not covered, feel free to subscribe and ask on the mailing list. See Communication for more information on how to get in touch with the Apache OpenOffice project.

Tip.png Another solution is to contact the Education Project, which aims to find future OpenOffice developers, mainly students, who are discovering OpenOffice Project. Get in touch on IRC: #openoffice on Libera.Chat

Tip.png On the ClassRoom page, you will find more information about the essentials. For example Practice, or IRC Meetings Logs we did as "ClassRooms".

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