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Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS 6.4/5.8 and Fedora 19/18/17

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This basic step-by-step guide explains you all how to download and install latest version of Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 version on RHEL 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8, CentOS 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.8 and Fedora 19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12 systems using OpenOffice RPM’s.

You might also be interested in following article:

  1. Install LibreOffice 4.2.4 on RHEL/CentOS 6.5/5.9 and Fedora 20/12

What Is Apache OpenOffice?

Apache OpenOffice is a most popular and open source application suit for Linux, Windows & Mac used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, database, formula and much more. OpenOffice is used by more than 100 millions of users across the globe in corporates, homes and research centers with almost in 15 languages. It is available freely for download and works on all common systems.

OpenOffice 4.0.1 Features

  1. Performance improvement for faster startup
  2. 15 supported languages
  3. ODF Support with encryption option and new functions for spreadsheet
  4. Extended support for pivot table in Calc
  5. improvements in performance and quality
  6. CSV support
  7. MailMerge Scan

The complete list of features can be found at Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1.

Requirements for Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

  1. JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.5
  2. Kernel 2.6 or higher and glibc2 2.11 or higher
  3. Minimum 256MB and recommended 512MB RAM.
  4. Disk space 400MB

Install Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

Step 1: Installing JRE (Java Runtime Environment) for OpenOffice

If you like to integrate Java support, you must have latest JRE 1.5 installed on your system. To check whether installed on your system, run the following command. You will get results similar to below.

[root@tecmint ~]# java -version

java version "1.6.0_24"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.11.3) (rhel-
OpenJDK Client VM (build 20.0-b12, mixed mode)

In case, if you get an error like “command not found” or version below than 1.4, then it means you need to install or update to latest version, using below yum command. Alternatively, you can download JRE for Linux at http://www.java.com/en/download/linux_manual.jsp

# yum install jre

Step 2: Downloading OpenOffice.org 4.0.1

Download OpenOffice 4.0.1 using Wget command based on your system bit.

For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 32-Bit
# cd /tmp
# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz/download -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 64-Bit
# cd /tmp
# wget wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz/download -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Step 3: Removing Old OpenOffice Version

Removing existing old OpenOffice and LibreOffice packages from the system.

yum remove openoffice.org* libreoffice.org*

Ste 4: Disabling Old OpenOffice and LibreOffice Package Updates

Disabling feature updates for both by adding a disable option in /etc/yum.conf file.

# vi /etc/yum.conf
## Disable updates for OpenOffice and LibreOffice
exclude=openoffice.org-ure* libreoffice-ure*

Step 5: Extracting OpenOffice 4.0.1 Package

Use Tar command to extract the package in the current directory.

## For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 32-Bit ##
# tar -xzvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

## For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 64-Bit ##
# tar -xzvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Step 6: Installing OpenOffice 4.0.1 Package

Now execute following RPM command to install all the RPM packages at once.

# rpm -Uvh /tmp/en-US/RPMS/*.rpm /tmp/en-US/RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org4.0-redhat-*.rpm

Step 7: Starting Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

On the terminal execute following command to start the OpenOffice application.

# openoffice4

Step 8: Screenshots of Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Start OpenOffice from Desktop

Start OpenOffice from Desktop

OpenOffice Welcome Screen

OpenOffice Welcome Screen

OpenOffice About Page

OpenOffice About Page

OpenOffice Spreadsheet1

OpenOffice Spreadsheet

OpenOffice Presentation

OpenOffice Presentation

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12 Responses

  1. Bernard says:

    I followed your instructions step by step and since I am new to Linux but I love working on it, I had to install this app. 3 times and finally I understood the commands and it worked out great for me. Thank you very much.

  2. reinhardt says:


    I tried to install open office 3.4 at my Fedora 8 PC, but it did’nt work. I am getting the following message:

    User must select a JRE from options dialog!/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.11′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/libsvt.so)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.11′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/libvcl.so)

    And I don’t know what can I do?

    Please if you help me I will appreciate that.

    See ya!


    • Ravi Saive says:

      Dear Reinhardt,

      I think you don’t have glibc package installed on your system, install it using following command.

      yum install glibc

      If you still get’s same error then this guide is not compatible with Fedora 8.

  3. wb says:

    I have been trying to install this for weeks for my Linux class, prior to this class I have only heard of Linux and have never tried it. I have followed your instructions with no issue until step 5. After entering the command I get “tar: Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now” but when looking into the tmp file i is sitting there. What is wrong?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Sorry, we have mentioned wrong order for tar command option. the correct way to install it using tar command is as follows.

      # tar -xzvf Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

      I think it should work.

  4. Vikram says:

    Thanks for this webpage. I already have Package glibc-2.5-81.el5_8.7.x86_64 already installed but it requires version `GLIBC_2.7′

    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/ure-link/bin/javaldx: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org/ure/bin/../lib/libuno_sal.so.3)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/ure-link/bin/javaldx: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org/ure/bin/../lib/libxml2.so.2)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/ure-link/lib/libuno_sal.so.3)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.11′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/libsvt.so)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/libsvt.so)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.11′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/libvcl.so)
    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: /lib64/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.7′ not found (required by /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/../ure-link/lib/libxml2.so.2)

  5. Eddie G. says:


    Hi, you could always try to install the version that is required bypassing whatever issues you encounter…like this

    #yum install glibc-2,7* –skip-broken than after it installs you can run

    #yum update

    which should try to rectify the problems with versioning…..just as a suggestion.

  6. Eddie G. says:

    Sorry, messed up the format of that first command here it is:

    # yum install glibc-2.7* –skip-broken

  7. i have installed apacheopenoffice 4.0.1 along with libreoffice, but the problem is that apacheopenoffice is not showing in applications. what shuld i do to run openoffice?

    • Manish Shokeen says:

      You have to remove Libre office first by below command.

      # yum erase libreoffice\*

      Then install Open Office

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