How to Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu Linux

This post shows students and new users steps to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Linux. LibreOffice is a free and open source office productivity software typically installed on Linux systems.

LibreOffice is a successor to (commonly known as OpenOffice) on most Linux distributions. In fact, LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice over a decade ago. It is now the supreme open source office productivity tool available for Windows, MacOS and Linux systems.

LibreOffice comes with several applications including, Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

By default, if you install the full desktop version of Ubuntu, LibreOffice will come along. You don’t need to do anything to get it. However, if you don’t have LibreOffice installed and you want it in Ubuntu, the steps below will show you how to do that.

How to install LibreOffice productivity app in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, the full desktop version of Ubuntu will come with LibreOffice installed. However, if you don’t have it on your Ubuntu Desktop, the steps below show you how.

There are multiple ways to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu. You can download the DEB package manually and install or use APT package repository.

How to download and install LibreOffice manually on Ubuntu Linux

To manually install LibreOffice, you’ll need go to its download page and get the latest version.

Once the file is downloaded, open your Ubuntu Terminal and navigate to your Downloads folder and extract the downloaded content.

tar zxvf ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_$version_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

Replace $version with the version number you downloaded. For example, version 7.3.3 will be LibereOffice_7.3.3_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz.

After the file is extracted, run the commands below to install LibreOffice on Ubuntu.

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/LibreOffice*/DEBS/*.deb

The installation will be to install all required LibreOffice packages and applications.

After the installation, go to the Dashboard Activities Overview and search LibreOffice and launch it.

How to install LibreOffice via PPA

If the steps above isn’t as easy for you, use the method below to install it via PPA repository.

First open Ubuntu Terminal. Then run the commands below to add the PPA repository.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Once added, run the commands below to install LibreOffice.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install libreoffice

That should do it!


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