Lotus 1-2-3 for Linux
This is a native port of Lotus 1-2-3 Release 3 to Linux. There's an article documenting how this is possible here.
First, you need a version of binutils that is compiled with
support. You can check like this:
$ objdump --info | grep coff-i386
Note: Most distributions do not enable this for some reason.
Run the included
binutils.sh to download and compile a version of binutils known to work for this.
Secondly, you need a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 for UNIX, you can download it
here. Just place the raw disk images in
the build directory and run
Finally, just run
The following packages are required
|Ubuntu||Fedora||Debian (bookworm)||Ubuntu (bionic)|
make install to install into
make install prefix=/my/prefix to install into a custom prefix.
make uninstall or
make uninstall prefix=/my/prefix to uninstall.
./123 in the project directory after building, or, if you installed it, run
There is a man page in
share/man/man1/123.1 that describes the command line options.
Lotus 1-2-3 has context sensitive online help, you can press F1 at most times to see some hints.
Note: You use the / key to open the 123 menu!
If you've used any spreadsheet before, you should be able to get started quickly. Functions use
@ instead of
=, but the common functions like
@INDEX, and even
@HLOOKUP all work as you would expect.
- Q. How do I quit 123?
If the status indicator in the top right says
If it doesn't say
READY (it might say
something else), try hitting
Esc until it goes back to
- Q. I get the error 'invalid compressed data--code out of range'.
You have a very old gzip with broken lzw/pack support. You can try running
gzip.sh script to build a more recent gzip, then rerun the extract
The keyboard map seems to be incomplete(XTerm compatible terminals should be working, please test others!) Graphs don't work yet(Partially working!, see #5). Printing doesn't work yet(Print to file works, print to lpr is being worked on, see #50).
- There is limited i18n support (We're working on it, see #73).
- File an issue if you notice something, there are probably lots of minor issues that can be fixed!