The suite is governed by a body known as the Document Foundation which says in its annual report for 2016 that more and more developers were joining the project.
While LibreOffice is the main project of The Document Foundation, there is another project known as the Document Liberation Project which aims to provide conversion libraries, for a large number of open and proprietary file formats, and make them available to other software projects.
LibreOffice was born in September 2010 as a fork of OpenOffice.org after the latter went into Oracle's ownership as a result of the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The fork took place when developers decided that it would be easier to develop a separate project rather than depend on Oracle.
An online version of LibreOffice is being developed by Collabora allowing it to be used in the cloud. This provides basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser by re-using LibreOffice desktop's "core engine".
There are native language LibreOffice projects in Japan, Taiwan, Albania, India, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil and Paraguay.
The 2016 report said that development during the year saw close to 300 committers active, with about 80 being active contributors every month. Four hackfests were organised during the year - in Brussels, Turin, Ankara and Brno - to add new features, fix bugs, and improve file format compatibility.
The report has detailed accounts of the development process, the people involved and plans for the future.