gnumeric - a GNOME spreadsheet application.


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Gnumeric is a powerful spreadsheet program created by the GNOME project. Gnumeric intends to compete with commercial spreadsheets by becoming fully compatible with Microsoft Excel(TM) and through the support of most popular spreadsheet file formats such as Excel(TM), Lotus 1-2-3(TM), Applix(TM), Sylk(TM), XBase(TM), Oleo(TM) and OpenOffice.org formats. Gnumeric supports advanced calculations using statistical, financial and database access functions. Plotting data is supported through an incomplete but powerful plotting system. A plugin system extends gnumeric , for instance enabling the export of data to the LaTeX \\longtable format. Plugins can be used to define custom functionality. A rudimentary scripting API for the Python language exists and will be extended in the near future. Since gnumeric is free software, gnumeric can also be extended directly at the source code level by any competent programmer. The program can be started from the command line as gnumeric or from one of the menus provided by the underlying platform. When started on the command line, gnumeric may be followed by the options listed below and possibly the names of files in various spreadsheet formats which will then be opened immediately. For instance, the command: gnumeric myfile.gnumeric will launch gnumeric and open the file called "myfile.gnumeric". The default gnumeric file format is in extensible markup language (XML) which subsequently has been compressed with gzip.


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with single letter options starting with a single dash (`-') and longer options starting with two dashes (`--').

4.1. Help options

-?, --help Show help message.


    Displays a brief usage message.

4.2. Gnumeric options

-v, --version

    Displays the version number of the installed instance of gnumeric.


    Start gnumeric without showing the splash screen. The splash screen is normally shown if loading files takes too long.

  • -L, --lib-dir=STRING
        Set the root library directory to STRING which should be a pathname.
  • -D, --data-dir=STRING
        Adjust the root data directory to STRING which should be a pathname.

4.3. Options for window placement

  • \fB-g, --geometry=WIDTHxHEIGHT+XOFF+YOFF
        Set the size and position of the first window. All units are in pixels. The X offset is from the left hand side of the screen, the Y offset is from the top of the screen. For example, -g=800x600+20+30 will open a gnumeric window 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high, with the left edge of gnumeric 20 pixels from the left of the screen and the top edge of gnumeric 30 pixels from the top of the screen.

    X display to use, where DISPLAY has the form machinename:Xdisplay.Screen. Note that the machine displaying gnumeric must have granted the machine running gnumeric the right to display (see xhost).

    X screen to use, a more compact form of the functionality described above.


5.1. Gnumeric options

  • --dump-func-defs=FILE
        Dumps the function definitions to the file with name FILE.
  • --dump-func-state=FILE
        Dumps the function definitions to the file with name FILE.
  • --debug=LEVEL
        Enables some debugging functions.
  • --debug_deps= LEVEL
        Enables some dependency related debugging functions.
  • --debug_share= LEVEL
        Enables some dependency functions for expression sharing.
  • --debug_print= LEVEL
        Enables some print debugging behavior.


    Exit immediately after loading the selected books (useful for testing).

5.2. Oaf options

  • --oaf-ior-fd=FD
        File descriptor on which to print the IOR.
  • --oaf-activate-iid=IID
        IID to activate.


    Prevent registering of server with OAF.

5.3. GNOME options


    Disable sound server usage.


    Enable sound server usage.

  • --espeaker=HOSTNAME:PORT
        Host:port on which the sound server to use is running.


    Disable the bug submission dialog which appears if Gnumeric crashes.

5.4. GTK options

  • --gdk-debug=FLAGS
        Gdk debugging flags to set.
  • --gdk-no-debug=FLAGS
        Gdk debugging flags to unset.


    Make X calls synchronous.

  • --name=NAME
        Program name as used by the window manager.
  • --class=CLASS
        Program class as used by the window manager.
  • --gxid_host=HOST
        The host on which to contact the gxid daemon. This overrides the GXID_HOST environment variable. This option is only available if GTK+ has been configured with --gdk-target=x11.
  • --gxid_port=PORT
        The port for the connection to gxid. This overrides the GXID_PORT environment variable. This option is only available if GTK+ has been configured with --gdk-target=x11.
  • --gtk-debug=FLAGS
        Gtk+ debugging flags to set.
  • --gtk-no-debug=FLAGS
        Gtk+ debugging flags to unset.
  • --g-fatal-warnings
        Make all warnings fatal.
  • --gtk-module=MODULE
        Load an additional Gtk module.

5.5. Session management options

  • --sm-client-id=ID
        Specify session management ID.
  • --sm-config-prefix=PREFIX
        Specify prefix of saved configuration.


    Disable connection to session manager.


This manual page describes gnumeric version 1.8.


For the list of known gnumeric bugs, or to report new ones please visit http://bugzilla.gnome.org.


ssconvert(1), ssindex(1), ssgrep(1)

The Gnumeric Manual

    Available through the Help menu or .URL "http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/doc/gnumeric.shtml" online .


Gnumeric is licensed under the terms of the General Public License (GPL), version 2. For information on this license look at the source code that came with the software or see the .URL "http://www.gnu.org/" "GNU project page" .


The copyright on the gnumeric software and source code is held by the individual authors as is documented in the source code.


11.1. Gnumeric

Jody Goldberg < >
Miguel de Icaza < >
Morten Welinder < >
-- and many others. For a more complete list, see the About dialog.

11.2. This manual page

Jan Schaumann < >
Adrian Custer < >