Opening file

The reference figure and the steps below explain the process of opening a document in ONLYOFFICE Docs.

Opening File
  1. The user uses the document manager (found in his/her browser) to open the document for viewing or editing.
    The browser document manager receives the list of all documents available to the user from the document storage service.
  2. The document identifier and the link to it at the document storage service are sent using the JavaScript API to the document editor.
  3. The document editor forms a request to the document editing service for document opening. The document editor uses the document identifier and its link received from the document manager (at step 2).
  4. The document editing service downloads the document file from the document storage service using the ID and link provided. At this step the conversion of the file into Office Open XML format is also performed for the document editor better performance and formats compatibility.
  5. When ready the document editing service transfers the document file to the browser-based document editor.
  6. The document editor displays the document file and/or (in case the appropriate rights are provided) allows its editing.

After the editing is finished, the document saving process takes place.

  1. Create an empty html file.
  2. Add the div element as shown below.
    <div id="placeholder"></div>
  3. Specify your ONLYOFFICE Docs link with the JavaScript API that will be used for your website.
    <script type="text/javascript" src="https://documentserver/web-apps/apps/api/documents/api.js"></script>
    Where the documentserver is the name of the server with the ONLYOFFICE Docs installed.
  4. Add the script initializing the Document Editor for the div element with the configuration for the document you want to open. Be sure to add a token when using local links. Otherwise, an error will occur.
    new DocsAPI.DocEditor("placeholder", {
        "document": {
            "fileType": "docx",
            "key": "Khirz6zTPdfd7",
            "title": "Example Document Title.docx",
            "url": ""
        "documentType": "word",
        "token": "eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJkb2N1bWVudCI6eyJmaWxlVHlwZSI6ImRvY3giLCJrZXkiOiJLaGlyejZ6VFBkZmQ3IiwidGl0bGUiOiJFeGFtcGxlIERvY3VtZW50IFRpdGxlLmRvY3giLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2V4YW1wbGUuY29tL3VybC10by1leGFtcGxlLWRvY3VtZW50LmRvY3gifSwiZG9jdW1lbnRUeXBlIjoid29yZCJ9.7IpEJxdOvBQ0kJ8l6ZegIV4tX5vsPbZZCDDVmcFROXc"
    Where the is the name of the server where document manager and document storage service are installed.
  5. Open your html file in the browser.