How to Convert a PDF to ODT in Ubuntu

by Michael Butler

The Ubuntu operating system now comes standard with the LibreOffice application suite. LibreOffice includes Writer, a word processor that uses the ODT file format as the default format to save documents. In the past, users had to get a special extension for LibreOffice to use PDFs. However, importing PDFs now comes as a native feature of the software suite. Once imported into LibreOffice, you can convert the PDF to a different format.


Open LibreOffice Writer.


Click the "File" menu. Click "Open."


Navigate to the PDF file you want to convert, click it and click "Open."


Click the "File" menu and select "Save As."


Click the "File Type" menu and select "ODT."


Click "Save."


  • check Not all PDFs import and convert with proper formatting. If you have problems, you can manually edit the files or download third-party software to perform the conversion.

About the Author

A professional writer, Michael Butler has been writing Web content since 2010. Butler brings expertise in legal and computer issues to his how-to articles. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Washburn University. Butler also has a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.