Since upgrading to Emacs 24.5.1 and org-mode 8.3.3 (Kubuntu 16.04), I can no longer export org-mode files as ODT; only as iCal, HTML, LaTeX, or plain text. Is that normal? Is there a way to get ODT export back?

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    Maybe you could try org-plus-contrib ? Jan 9, 2017 at 16:05
  • Great, that works! Pity that it's not installed by default in Kubuntu now, since ODT export was available in 14.04. Jan 9, 2017 at 17:25
  • I can accept your answer if you make it an answer instead of a comment. Jan 10, 2017 at 20:40
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    if odt export already existed in older versions of Org, then probably it was just disabled by default in 8.3.3 Org version. I do not know since I haven't used odt export and am using the latest version of Org. But I guess my initial comment was unnecessary. You just had to enable export to ODT in options. But hey, at least you got the latest version of Org now :) Shall I add this comment as an answer? Jan 11, 2017 at 3:46
  • Yes -- I guess the answer, then, is to customize "Org Export Backends". Thanks for pointing that out. Jan 11, 2017 at 11:59

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You can enable the ODT backend by adding this line to your init.el file:

(eval-after-load "org" '(require 'ox-odt nil t))

I know that this answer is rather late, but I hope this will help someone in the future.


Expanding on a comment by @Supernormal, I have org-export-backends customised as

(setq org-export-backends '(ascii html latex odt))

thus disabling a backend I will not use, ical, which unclutters the dispatcher screen - and adding the ones I need, namely odt

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