Software The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications

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A list of the best spreadsheet software, programs, and applications both modern and historical. Information includes operating systems, the status of the program and supported file formats.

This list includes the best well-known spreadsheet software, from both a modern free spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to the earliest spreadsheet software like VisiCalc. There are even no longer supported but still beloved spreadsheet applications like wikiCalc.

Across the history of spreadsheet software, from proprietary to cross-platform and cloud, which program is the best?

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Excel Online is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Excel Online Proprietary software

Available online, free to use

Operating system: Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: XLSX, XLS, ODS, CSV

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LibreOffice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
LibreOffice Calc GNU Lesser General Public License

Available online

Operating system: Linux, OS X, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML, ODF, XLSX, PDF (export only), DIF, SXC

LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite, developed by The Document Foundation. It was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010, which was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. ...more

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Gnumeric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Gnumeric GNU General Public License

Operating system: Unix-Like, can support all OS
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML, LaTeX (export only), OSF, XLSX, PDF (export only), DIF (import only), SXC (import only)

Gnumeric is a spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME Free Software Desktop Project. Gnumeric version 1.0 was released on 31 December 2001. Gnumeric is distributed as free software under ...more

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Google Refine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
OpenRefine BSD Licenses

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: TSV, CSV, XML, HTML (export only) RDF (import only), JSON (import only), Google Sheets, (import only) Text file with custom separators (import only)

Originally conceived and developed as "Freebase Gridworks" by Metaweb Technologies, Inc. and later after Metaweb Technologies was acquired by Google in July 2010, the software went ...more

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SmartSheet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
SmartSheet Proprietary Software

Available online

Operating system: Web, iOS, Android
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: XLS, XLSX, CSV, PDF

Smartsheet is a software as a service (SaaS) application for collaboration and work management that is developed and marketed by Smartsheet Inc. It is used to assign tasks, track project ...more

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Google Docs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Google Sheets Proprietary software

Available online, free

Operating system: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, BlackBerry, ChromeOS
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV, TSV, TXT, TAB

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms are a free, web-based word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program and survey program respectively, all part of a software office suite ...more

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ZOHO Sheet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
ZOHO Sheet Proprietary software

Available online, free version limited to ten users

Operating system: Cross-platform
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats:XLSX, XLS, SXC (import only), ODS, CSV, TSV, HTML (export only), PDF (export only)

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Sheetster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Sheetster Proprietary software

Available online, free

Operating system: Cross-platform
Status: ast stable release was in 2009
Supported file formats:CSV, XLS, XLSX, PDF (export only)

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wikiCalc is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
wikiCalc GNU General Public License

Available online

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux/Unix, programs that run Perl
Status: last stable release was in 2007

wikiCalc is a web application, created by Dan Bricklin, that allows for the creation and editing of spreadsheets through a wiki-style user-editable interface. It is currently released as version ...more

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Numbers Proprietary software

Operating system: macOS
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, ODF (import only), XLSX (import only), PDF (export only)

Numbers is a spreadsheet application developed by Apple Inc. as part of the iWork productivity suite alongside Keynote and Pages. Numbers is available for iOS, and OS X v10.4 or newer. Numbers ...more

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PlanMaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
PlanMaker Proprietary software

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Linux
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML (export only), XLSX (import only), PDF (import only)

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WPS Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
WPS Office Proprietary software

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Linux
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: XLS, XLSX, HTML (export only), PDF (export only)

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Pyspread is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Pyspread GNU General Public License

Operating system: Unix-Like, Windows
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, PDF (export only) SVG (export only)

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VisiCalc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
VisiCalc Proprietary software, End-user license agreement

Operating system: Apple II, Apple SOS, CP/M, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore PET, TRSDOS, Sony SMC-70, DOS, HP series 80
Status: last stable release was in 1983

VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet computer program for personal computers, originally released for the Apple II. It is often considered the application that turned the microcomputer from a ...more

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Calligra Sheets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Calligra Sheets GNU Lesser General Public License

Operating system: Unix-like, Windows
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats:  CSV, XLS (import only), HTML (export only), LaTeX (export only), ODF, PDF (export only), SXC

Calligra Sheets is a free software spreadsheet application that is part of Calligra Suite, an integrated graphic art and office suite developed by KDE. Among Sheets’ features are multiple sheets ...more

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3D-Calc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
3D-Calc Freeware

Operating system: Atari ST
Status: last stable release was in 2003
Supported file formats: unknown

3D-Calc is a 3-dimensional spreadsheet program for the Atari ST computer. The first version of the program was released in April 1989 and was distributed by ISTARI bvba, Ghent, Belgium. The ...more

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Quattro Pro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Quattro Pro Proprietary software

Operating system: Microsoft Windows
Status: last stable release was in 2016
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML, XLSX (import only), PDF (export only)

Quattro Pro is a spreadsheet program developed by Borland and now sold by Corel, most often as part of Corel's WordPerfect Office suite.

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OpenOffice Calc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
OpenOffice Calc GNU Lesser General Public License

Operating system: Any
Status: last stable release was in 2011
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML, LaTeX (export only), ODF, XLSX (import only), PDF (export only), DIF, SXC

OpenOffice.org (OOo), commonly known as OpenOffice, is a discontinued open-source office suite. It was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice, which Sun Microsystems acquired in 1999 ...more

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Microsoft Excel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications
Microsoft Excel Proprietary software, End-user license agreement

Available online

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, macOS
Status: updates ongoing
Supported file formats: CSV, XLS, HTML (partial), ODF, XLSX, PDF (export only), DIF (import only)

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming ...more