.ABW File Extension

AbiWord Document

ABW is the default file format for AbiWord documents. To open an ABW file, use AbiWord. You can also open ABW files with XML and text editors since the format is XML-based. If unable to open ABW files...

General Information

Title ABW File Extension
Extension .abw
Full Form AbiWord Document
File Type Document File
Developer AbiSource Community
MIME Type application/x-abiword

File Function

Primary Function Text document
Additional Functions Formatting, Images
Features Multi-platform, Open format

File Characteristics

Quality Text-based
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Word Processing Yes
Academic Writing Yes
Business Documentation Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Macro viruses
Best Practices Regular updates, File scanning

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1998
Latest Version AbiWord 3.0.4 (2020)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
AbiWord Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Gnumeric Free Linux
LibreOffice Free Windows, Mac, Linux