Install AbiWord on Raspberry Pi


A free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Word.

AbiWord is a lightweight word processor compatible with a wide variety of file formats. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Word or Libre Office's Writer, but it is more than enough for the average user.
The source code is available at

NOTE: AbiWord uses .abw extension by default.

To run: Menu -> Office -> Abiword.
To run in terminal: abiword.

Fortunately, AbiWord is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install AbiWord.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
AbiWord will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install AbiWord

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install AbiWord.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Office category.

Now scroll down to find AbiWord in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install AbiWord for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at