unoconv uses LibreOffice to convert any file that LibreOffice can convert.

Now I need export to text with the UTF-8 character encoding.

I use the following command:

unoconv -f txt -e FilterOptions=76 Foo.docx

This creates the Foo.txt file, but its encoding is us-ascii and the characters don't show correctly.

If I'm right, the -e option sets the export filtering options as the man page mentions. What's wrong with my options?

Example of input and output files:

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    What's an example of a character that isn't converted correctly? What is it converted to? Ideally, post a link to an example of a small document (with just one word or so) that doesn't convert correctly. Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 13:00
  • @Gilles: Thanks for your attention. I added the example files. Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 13:23

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unoconv -f txt -e FilterOptions=UTF8,LF Foo.docx

It seems a bug and was reported here.

If it doesn't work, maybe your LibreOffice doesn't support docx file. See more details here.

  • Many thanks @Gnouc, But this does not change the Foo.txt character encoding. still it's us-ascii. Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 7:53
  • @MohammadEtemaddar: Maybe your LibreOffice does not support docx file. See my updated answer.
    – cuonglm
    Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 8:09
  • I use LibreOffice 4.3 and it supports .docx; I could convert .docx to .odt and also .odt file has the same issue. Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 11:39
  • This works for me. unoconv 0.5-1 on Debian Gnu+Linux Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 23:26
  • Thanks @richard, Compilation got error on Slackware current. But I could convert .docx to .txt using pyton-docx. We can also convert .odt to .docx and then covert it to .txt with UTF-8 encoding. Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 10:28

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