I need free alternative of Excel in Mac Os. I know that there is Open Office, but I am not sure if it is even supported anymore.

Any ideas?

  • What exactly do you need in Excel - some parts are not available in other tools? – mmmmmm Mar 29 '17 at 12:40
  • I need viewing and simple editing - nothing fancy, @Mark – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 12:40
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    Did you try Numbers? – dan Mar 29 '17 at 13:46
  • No, I installed LibreOffice, but I want to check free MS Office (no time now), @danielAzuelos – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 15:49

By adding a table to Numbers, you can use Apple's replacement instead of a third party's. Numbers is free for anyone with an App Store account (which may require registration and a payment card - but no charge whatsoever).

Numbers is supported and designed to replace Excel for the majority of Mac users.


I use LibreOffice which is a really good alternative for MS Office. I've been using it for a couple of years now (on my Ubuntu earlier, now on MacOS).

If you need an online version of Office I recommend GoogleDocs. Full document edit history, collaborative editing, and ease of sharing.


Excel is available for free from Microsoft as part of an entire suite of products via Office Online.

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There's no need to search for a "free" Office alternative when Office is available free as a service. You will just need to create a Microsoft account to use it.

The benefits over the alternatives:

  • No software to install (i.e. LibreOffice/Open Office). All you need is a web browser.

  • Native Excel as opposed to "XLS compatible" (which is never really fully compatible)

  • Free 5GB OneDrive storage included with your account

  • Fairly standardized UI across all devices (macOS, iOS, Windows, Android)

  • As I remember there is monthly fee, which is not exactly "free", @Allan? – new2ios Mar 29 '17 at 12:23
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    You are thinking of their subscription package. They offer a free online version that doesn't have all the bells and whistles the paid version does. – Allan Mar 29 '17 at 12:24
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    So if you want an online version just use GoogleDocs :) – bartektartanus Mar 29 '17 at 12:26
  • @bartektartanus - Why when Office is available for free and more prevalent? – Allan Mar 29 '17 at 12:28
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    Because prevalent doesn't mean good. Like with any invasive technology, when competition is killed natural selection stops working, and quality fall down. – dan Mar 29 '17 at 13:40

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