Bug 44232 - Browser plugin doesn't render the documents
Summary: Browser plugin doesn't render the documents
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.4 release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: high normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-12-28 10:35 UTC by Zach
Modified: 2015-07-30 22:54 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Description Zach 2011-12-28 10:35:25 UTC
Problem description: When I attempted to view a .odt in Firefox 9.0.1, on Windows 7 Home Premium, x64, the plugin seemed to be loaded (would display black screen), but the document itself would not render.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Install LibreOffice browser plugin, and restart browser. Make sure that the plugin is indeed installed, with the Add-Ons Manager.
2. Open a LibreOffice file in your browser (I tested with http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/images/e/e9/0103GS3-StylesAndTemplates.odt)

Current behavior: The document is not shown, and is a blank page.

Expected behavior: The document should be shown, and not be a blank page.

Platform (if different from the browser): 
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:9.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/9.0.1
Comment 1 Olav Dahlum 2011-12-28 10:51:51 UTC
This is also confirmed to be the case in the latest versions of Google Chrome and Opera. In Chrome, the plugin is listed, but unusable. These browsers share Netscape compatible plugins, so it should be uniform.
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2011-12-28 10:57:39 UTC
hi zach,

Is this problem specific to 350 beta, as far as you know?
Comment 3 Zach 2011-12-28 11:01:18 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> hi zach,
> Is this problem specific to 350 beta, as far as you know?

I haven't tested with the stable, shall do that soon.
Comment 4 Zach 2011-12-28 11:49:46 UTC
Alright, I tested with the stable LO (3.4.4), and it's not working either. Changing version to unspecified.
Comment 5 Simon 2012-02-29 02:20:23 UTC
Same problem on Ubuntu 11.10 64 bits, LibreOffice 3.5 and Firefox 10.
Comment 6 Al Scandar Solstag 2012-03-22 12:33:34 UTC

I can confirm this on libreoffice- using both Firefox 11.0 and Epiphany 3.2.1 (based on libwebkitgtk-3.0.so.0.11.2).

The following bug on Wikimedia websites is related (if you have plugin enabled, it looks like ODT book creation fails):



Comment 7 Marc Pare 2012-04-18 00:39:01 UTC
I can confirm the plugin does not work for Firefox 9.0.1 in Mageia Linux with LibreOffice plugin activated.

Comment 8 Giuliano 2012-04-23 02:56:07 UTC
Confirm plugin not working with ubuntu 11.10 + LO 3.5.2 and FF 10
Comment 9 Vicent Vendrell 2012-04-24 07:17:33 UTC
I confirm the plugin doesn't work for Firefox 11.0 in WinXP32 with
LibreOffice plugin activated.

Comment 10 Vicent Vendrell 2012-04-24 08:01:05 UTC
I confirm the plugin doesn't work for Epiphani 2.30.1 in Debian 6.0.3 squeeze (32bit) Catalan UI with LibreOffice plugin activated.

Comment 11 Justin 2012-06-12 17:57:18 UTC
Confirmed on Firefox 13 / LO AMD64 ArchLinux
Comment 12 Yajo 2012-06-15 01:27:28 UTC
Confirmed in Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.2; rv:13.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/13.0. Plugin shows black page.
Comment 13 jvapen 2013-12-25 16:17:36 UTC
I can confirm this is working with LibreOffice 4.1, using Firefox Nightly 28,
though the issue is still there on the chrome browser.

Result on Chrome Dev 33:
an error bar appears with following text: "Could not load LibreOffice Plug-in."

Flat documents (like .fodt) are being interpreted as xml-files, because this plugin seams to fail.
Comment 14 bfoman (inactive) 2014-03-09 15:58:12 UTC
(In reply to comment #13)
> Result on Chrome Dev 33:
> an error bar appears with following text: "Could not load LibreOffice
> Plug-in."

Seems Google decided to abandon NPAPI plugins in their browser - see http://blog.chromium.org/2013/09/saying-goodbye-to-our-old-friend-npapi.html.
Comment 15 Owen Genat (retired) 2014-09-26 03:53:25 UTC
To follow on from comment 14, this report is likely to be RESOLVED as INVALID. Refer bug 45071 and:

Comment 16 Maxim Monastirsky 2015-07-30 22:54:27 UTC
Since 4.4 we don't have this browser plugin anymore.