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The Best Spreadsheet Software, Programs, and Applications

Updated September 7, 2018 292 votes 107 voters 23.0k views

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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  • 1
    Microsoft Excel
    18
    7

    Microsoft Excel

    Proprietary software, End-user license agreement

    DeveloperMicrosoft

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    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)

  • 2
    LibreOffice Calc
    21
    14

    LibreOffice Calc

    GNU Lesser General Public License

    DeveloperThe Document Foundation

    Genres (Software)Office suite

    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

  • 3
    Excel Online
    26
    23

    Excel Online

    Proprietary software

    DeveloperMicrosoft

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    Available online, free to use

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

  • 4
    Gnumeric
    13
    8

    Gnumeric

    GNU General Public License

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    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)

  • 5
    OpenRefine
    10
    7

    OpenRefine

    BSD Licenses

    DeveloperGoogle, David François Huynh, Metaweb Technologies, Inc.

    Genres (Software)Data analysis, Data conversion, Data mining, Web application, Utility software

    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)

  • 6
    Sheetster
    7
    5

    Sheetster

    Proprietary software

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    Available online, free

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

  • 7
    3D-Calc
    6
    7

    3D-Calc

    Freeware

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

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

  • 8
    SmartSheet
    4
    5

    SmartSheet

    Proprietary Software

    Available online

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

  • 9
    WPS Office
    7
    10

    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)

  • 10
    Numbers
    2
    4

    Numbers

    Proprietary software

    DeveloperApple Inc.

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

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

  • 11
    PlanMaker
    5
    7

    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)

  • 12
    wikiCalc
    2
    4

    wikiCalc

    GNU General Public License

    DeveloperDan Bricklin

    Genres (Software)Online spreadsheet, Wiki

    Available online

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

  • 13
    Calligra Sheets
    0
    4

    Calligra Sheets

    GNU Lesser General Public License

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    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

  • 14
    Google Sheets
    8
    13

    Google Sheets

    Proprietary software

    DeveloperGoogle

    Genres (Software)Online spreadsheet, Google Drive, Web application, Presentation, Word processor

    Available online, free

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

  • 15
    VisiCalc
    0
    4

    VisiCalc

    Proprietary software, End-user license agreement

    DeveloperBob Frankston, Dan Bricklin

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    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

  • 16
    OpenOffice Calc
    2
    5

    OpenOffice Calc

    GNU Lesser General Public License

    DeveloperApache Software Foundation, Sun Microsystems, Free software community, Oracle Corporation

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

    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

  • 17
    Quattro Pro
    6
    12

    Quattro Pro

    Proprietary software

    DeveloperCorel

    Genres (Software)Spreadsheet

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

  • 18
    Pyspread
    2
    6

    Pyspread

    GNU General Public License

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

  • 19
    ZOHO Sheet
    2
    6

    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)