ANTIWORD(1)                    Linux User's Manual                   ANTIWORD(1)

       antiword - show the text and images of MS Word documents

       antiword [ options ] wordfiles

       Antiword is an application that displays the text and the images of
       Microsoft Word documents.
       A wordfile named - stands for a Word document read from the standard
       Only the binary format documents made by MS Word version 2, 6, 7, 97,
       2000 and 2003 are supported.  Newer Word versions default to using a
       completely different format consisting of XML files in a ZIP container
       (usually with a ".docx" file extension) which antiword doesn't support.
       It also doesn't support the "flat" XML format which MS Word 2003

       -a papersize
              Output in Adobe PDF form. Printable on paper of the specified
              size: 10x14, a3, a4, a5, b4, b5, executive, folio, legal, letter,
              note, quarto, statement or tabloid.

       -f     Output in formatted text form. That means that bold text is
              printed like *bold*, italics like /italics/ and underlined text as

       -h     Give a help message.

       -i image level
              The image level determines how images will be shown.

              0: Use non-standard extensions from Ghostscript. This output may
                 not print on any PostScript printer, but is useful in case no
                 hard copy is needed. It is also useful when Ghostscript is used
                 as a filter to print a PostScript file to a non-PostScript

              1: Show no images.

              2: PostScript level 2 compatible. (default)

              3: PostScript level 3 compatible. (EXPERIMENTAL, Portable Network
                 Graphics (PNG) images are not printed correctly)

       -m mapping file
              This file is used to map Unicode characters to your local
              character set.  The default mapping file depends on the locale.

       -p papersize
              Output in PostScript form. Printable on paper of the specified
              size: 10x14, a3, a4, a5, b4, b5, executive, folio, legal, letter,
              note, quarto, statement or tabloid.

       -r     Include text removed by the revisioning system.

       -s     Include text with the so-called "hidden text" attribute.

       -t     Output in text form. (default)

       -w width
              In text mode this is the line width in characters. A value of zero
              puts an entire paragraph on a line, useful when the text is to
              used as input for another wordprocessor. This value is ignored in
              PostScript mode.

       -x document type definition
              Output in XML form. Currently the only document type definition is
              db (for DocBook).

       -L     In PostScript mode: use landscape mode.

       Mapping files like 8859-1.txt
              Antiword looks for its mapping files in three directories, in the
              order given:
              (1) The directory specified by $ANTIWORDHOME
              (2) The directory specified by $HOME/.antiword
              (3) Directory /usr/share/antiword

       The fontnames file
              Antiword will look for its fontname file in the same directories
              as used for the mapping files.
              The fontnames file contains the translation table from font names
              used by MS Word to font names used by PostScript.

              Antiword cannot tell the difference between a file that does not
              exist and a file that cannot be opened for reading.

       Antiword uses the environment variable ``ANTIWORDHOME'' as the first
       directory to look for its files. Antiword uses the environment variable
       ``HOME'' to find the user's home directory. When in text mode it uses the
       variable ``COLUMNS'' to set the width of the output (unless overridden by
       the -w option).

       Antiword uses the environment variables ``LC_ALL'', ``LC_CTYPE'' and
       ``LANG'' (in that order) to get the current locale and uses this
       information to select the default mapping file.

       Antiword is far from complete. Many features are still missing. Many
       images are not shown yet. Some of the images that are shown, are shown in
       the wrong place.  PostScript output is only available in ISO 8859-1 and
       ISO 8859-2.

       The most recent released version of Antiword is always available from:

       Adri van Os <>

       R.F. Smith <> and
       Sindi Keesan <>
       contributed to this manual page.

       Antiword 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, or (at your option)
       any later version.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful but
       WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
       Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
       59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA

       Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
       Adobe, PDF and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
       Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a trademark of
       Microsoft Corporation.

Antiword 0.37                     Oct 29, 2005                       ANTIWORD(1)