Seafile Professional Server supports previewing office/pdf documents online by converting them to HTML pages. You can follow these steps to use the feature. If you'd like to edit office files online, you can integrate Seafile with Microsoft Office Online server, LibreOffice online or OnlyOffice.
Libreoffice 4.1+ and Python-uno library are required to enable office files online preview.
sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-script-provider-python
For older version of Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice python-uno
sudo yum install libreoffice libreoffice-headless libreoffice-pyuno
For other Linux distributions: Installation of LibreOffice on Linux
Also, you may need to install fonts for your language, especially for Asians, otherwise the office/pdf document may not display correctly.
For example, Chinese users may wish to install the WenQuanYi series of truetype fonts:
# For ubuntu/debian sudo apt-get install ttf-wqy-microhei ttf-wqy-zenhei xfonts-wqy
The package poppler-utils is also required.
sudo apt-get install poppler-utils
On CentOS/Red Hat:
sudo yum install poppler-utils
Enable Office Preview
- Open file
seafevents.conf, in the
[OFFICE CONVERTER] enabled = true
- After modifying and saving
seafevents.conf, restart seafile server by
- Open a doc/ppt/xls/pdf file on seahub, you should be about the previewing it in your browser.
Other Configurable Options
Here are full list of options you can fine tune:
[OFFICE CONVERTER] ## must be "true" to enable office/pdf file online preview enabled = true ## How many libreoffice worker processes to run concurrenlty workers = 1 ## where to store the converted office/pdf files. Deafult is /tmp/. outputdir = /tmp/ ## how many pages are allowed to be previewed online. Default is 50 pages max-pages = 50 ## the max size of documents to allow to be previewed online, in MB. Default is 2 MB ## Preview a large file (for example >30M) online will freeze the browser. max-size = 2
Document preview doesn't work, where to find more information?
You can check the log at logs/seafevents.log
My server is CentOS, and I see errors like "/usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/soffice.bin X11 error: Can't open display", how could I fix it?
This error indicates you have not installed the
libreoffice-headlesspackage. Install it by
"sudo yum install libreoffice-headless".
How can I change max size and max pages of documents that can be previewed online ?
- Locate the
OFFICE CONVERTERsection in
- Append following lines to the section
# the max size of documents to allow to be previewed online, in MB. Default is 2 MB max-size = 2 # how many pages are allowed to be previewed online. Default is 50 pages max-pages = 50
- Locate the
Then, restart seafile server
cd /data/haiwen/seafile-server-latest/ ./seafile.sh restart ./seahub.sh restart
- Document preview doesn't work on my Ubuntu/Debian server, what can I do?
Current office online preview works with libreoffice 4.0-4.2. If the version of libreoffice installed by
apt-get is too old or too new, you can solve this by:
Remove the installed libreoffice:
sudo apt-get remove libreoffice* python-uno python3-uno
Download libreoffice packages from libreoffice official site
Install the downloaded pacakges:
tar xf LibreOffice_4.1.6_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz cd LibreOffice_188.8.131.52_Linux_x86-64_deb cd DEBS sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Restart your seafile server and try again. It should work now.
The browser displays "document conversion failed", and in the logs I see messages like
[WARNING] failed to convert xxx to ..., what should I do?
Sometimes the libreoffice process need to be restarted, especially if it's the first time seafile server is running on the server.
Try to kill the libreoffice process:
pkill -f soffice.bin
Now try re-opening the preview page in the brower again.
Also if you are deploying seafile in cluster mode, make sure memcached is working on each server.
The above solution does not solve my problem.
Please check whether the user you run Seafile can correctly start the libreoffice process. There may be permission problems. For example, if you use www-data user to run Seafile, make sure www-data has a home directory and can write to the home directory.