top of page


Viewing MS Word files on Command Line

I had to urgently view a MS Word file but I didn’t have a word processor on my system to view it in, KWord2 beta wasn’t able to support MS Word files. And I couldn’t find any small word processor or the one that wouldn’t being a gnome and a half in with itself. So, I decided to explore the CLI way.

I came across this nice article on how to view MS Word files on CLI. One of those softwares which I tried out is antiword, as it seemed most suitable to my purpose. A nifty utility to download and use while takes it’s sweet couple of hours.

Another nice thing is that it can be used when you don’t have X running or if you’re connecting via SSH.

Viewing the file in antiword is as simple as typing

antiword filename.doc

Though it has a few options to format stuff via parameters, I don’t need them. But, they can be quite useful for some purposes.

Pipe the document through a pager and nicely sit and enjoy reading your MS Word document over Command Line Interface.

My thoughts on the software – simple, easy to use and makes life easy when all you want is to view simple text from a MS Word document. What I miss the most in the software is the ability to open odt files 🙁

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Mediawiki on dotcloud

Unfortunately, there’s no guide available for installing mediawiki on dotcloud and googling for it doesn’t turn up anything much useful. But, I had to move out LUG wiki to dotcloud. I proceeded with i

WordPress Performance Tips

Do you find performance of your WordPress blog to be lousy? And have no clue on where to start with it? There are lots of articles on the Internet which will tell you what to do. So, instead of repeat

BarCampMumbai5 – The Experience, The Firsts

Sunday February 1 2009 was the day when BarCampMumbai 5 was held with the same old enthusiasm but at a whole new venue – VJTI College, Matunga. The camp was host to many firsts for the BCM as well as


bottom of page