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LibreOffice 4.2.4 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS 6.5/5.9 and Fedora 20/12

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In our earlier article we’ve provided instructions on Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 installation, now here in this article we are introducing a newly released LibreOffice 4.2 office suit for RHEL 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8, CentOS 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8 and Fedora 20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12 using LibreOffice RPM packages. LibreOffice is similar to Microsoft Office, but it has much advanced features and highly skinned user interface and it’s really a worth by giving it a try.

Install LibreOffice in Linux

Install LibreOffice in Linux

What Is LibreOffice?

LibreOffice is an open source and much powerful personal productivity office suit for Linux, Windows & Mac, that provides feature rich functions for word document, data processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing, Calc, Math and much more. LibreOffice has large number of satisfied users across the globe with almost 7.5 million downloads as of now. It supports more than 30 languages and runs on all major operating systems.

The Document Foundation team proudly announced the fifth release of 4.2 series of LibreOffice is now available for all major platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS. This new update features a large number of exciting new features, performance and improvements and is targeted to all kinds of users, but especially appealing for enterprise power users.

Following are the list of most crucial changes in the latest LibreOffice 4.2.4.

  1. Round-trip interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, especially for DOCX and RTF, has enhanced noticeably.
  2. A new import filter added to Abiword documents and enhancement to other import/export filters.
  3. Added a new engine for Calc for doing extensive parallel calculation of formula cells using GPU via OpenCL.
  4. Added new Expert configuration window to Options tab.
  5. GNOME3 Application Menu integration and support for MATE and XFCE Desktops.
  6. Included brand new set of icons named Sifr.

There are many other changes included in the newset LibreOffice 4.2 – for a complete list of new features, see the release annoucemnt page.

LibreOffice 4.2 Requirements

  1. Kernel 2.6 or higher version
  2. glibc 2.5 or higher version
  3. gtk version 2.10 or higher
  4. Minimum 256MB and recommended 512MB RAM
  5. 1.55GB available Hard disk space
  6. Desktop (Gnome or KDE)

Install LibreOffice 4.2 on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora

The installation instructions provided here are for LibreOffice 4.1 using language US English on a 32-Bit system. For 64-Bit systems, there will be minor differences in directory names, but the installation process is same and hope the installation instructions provide here are not so difficult.

Step 1: Downloading LibreOffice 4.2

Select the package for download based on your system bit (i.e. for a 32-bit or 64-bit) using Wget command.

For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 32-Bit
# cd /tmp
# wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.2.4/rpm/x86/LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86_rpm.tar.gz
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 64-Bit
# cd /tmp
# wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.2.4/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

Step 2: Removing Old OpenOffice Version

If any previously installed LibreOffice or OpenOffice versions you have, remove it using following command.

# yum remove openoffice.org* libreoffice.org*

Step 3: Extracting LibreOffice 4.2 Package

After downloading the LibreOffice 4.2 package, use Tar command to extract it under /tmp directory or in a directory of your choice.

## For 32-Bit OS ##
# tar -xvf LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86_rpm.tar.gz

## For 64-Bit OS ##
# tar -xvf LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

Step 4: Installing LibreOffice 4.2 Package

After extracting the package, you will get a directory and under this there will be a sub-directory called RPMS. Now, run the following command to install it.

## For 32 Bit OS ##
# cd /tmp/LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86_rpm/RPMS/
# yum localinstall *.rpm

## For 64 Bit OS ##
# cd /tmp/LibreOffice_4.2.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/
# yum localinstall *.rpm

Step 5: Starting LibreOffice 4.2 Package

Once the installation process completes you will have LibreOffice icons in your desktop under Applications –> Office menu or start the application by executing the following command on the terminal.

# libreoffice4.2

Step 6: Screenshots of LibreOffice 4.2

Please see the attached screenshots of LibreOffice 4.2 application under my CentOS 6.3.

LibreOffice Welcome Screen

LibreOffice Welcome Screen

LibreOffice 4.1

LibreOffice 4.1

LibreOffice Textsheet

LibreOffice Textsheet

LibreOffice Spreadsheet

LibreOffice Spreadsheet

LibreOffice Presentation

LibreOffice Presentation1

LibreOffice Drawing

LibreOffice Drawing

Step 7: Installing a Language Pack

If you would like to install LibreOffice in your preferred language, you should select your language pack for installation. The installation instructions can be fount at Language Pack section.

Ravi Saive

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41 Responses

  1. Ron Bates says:

    Hey,

    I am running Fedora 17 on an Acer 64 bit machine (using 64 bit o/s), using Gnome 3.4.2 with 8gb of RAM. I am a novice to Linux, but not to various other o/s and applicaitons (i.e. reasonably IT literate as a user).

    I have tried installing LibreOffice 3.6.3 per your instructions and whilst I can connect to download.documentfoundation.org, it flounders on the HTTP request coming back with the message:

    404 Not Found

    I have checked syntax (including case).

    Any advice please?

    Regards.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Ron Bates,

      We have updated the links with the latest release of LibreOffice 3.6.4 and the older version 3.6.3 links are outdated one. Please try again the links will work.

      Thanks..

      • Mack says:

        Hi Ravi, one question, we are planning to convert few of the win xp os machines to linux open source platform, which is the best desktop linux os will you suggest us..

      • ram says:

        Hey,

        I am running Fedora 14 on an HCL 34 bit machine (using 64 bit o/s), useing 2gb of RAM. I am unexpectedly delete some files i want to recover that file.

        I have tried to use LibreOffice 4.2.4 Released – Install on RHEL/CentOS 6.5/5.9 and Fedora 20/12. but i dont have knowledge of this please mail me a steps of use to file recover.

        Any advice please?

        Regards.

  2. Lucian says:

    Hello,

    thank you for the tutorial, I have a small update: for RHEL CentOS I did not used rpm command but yum remove and yum localinstall to avoid the damage on rpm database.

    Lucian

  3. jRuston says:

    Open Office is probably one of the greatest office programs there is. Far better than MS Office anyway!

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Yes! OpenOffice is far better than MS Office in many terms. Like it’s open source, Cross-platform compatibility, Faster operation performance, free automatic updates and many more.

  4. Eddie G. says:

    I have Fedora 18, and I have followed your instructions, but it will not install….after unpacking the .tar I copy and paste the next command to install it, but it gives me an error message saying that there’s no such file or directory. I tried changing permissions for the file / folder using Beesu…but it still won’t install. I guess I will just wait until Fedora updates it’s repositories…or else I will just use the websites’ installer packages. Thanks Anyway!

  5. MAC says:

    After using OpenOffice for several years, now LibreOffice is going to be installed. It is by far easier with more ‘functionality’ than the MS Office bar none.

    Excellent Link!

  6. Marco says:

    @jRuston @Ravi Saive

    It’s not openoffice anymore, it’s LibreOffice.
    Oracle has sabotaged what used to be openoffice.
    Openoffice now has become something you will want to stay away from as far as possible.

  7. Eddie G. says:

    I would have to agree that LibreOffice is the best Office suite I’ve used in a long time. I’ve been lately ridiculed and poked fun at by those who are using MS Office 365 on Windows8….their jeers? That the OS I use looks “outdated”….that no one uses a full on-the-hard-drive office suite anymore, that all documents and office inter-operability is done from the cloud these days, that the office suite looks “old” and “clunky”. To them I usually just reply “at least it does what I want it to do, and what it’s supposed to do…..FLAWLESSLY!” Which to me is the ultimate tipping point when it comes to making the decision on whether or not I install and use a piece of software / hardware. I don’t care if it looks like it belongs in a museum, as long as when I approach my machine, power it on, and am able to work on whatever needs working on, and do it with efficiency and with flawless execution, then what care I if it looks pretty to the outside world or not!?

  8. amit says:

    i was installing it on fedora 17 and i have got an error ” File not found by glob: *.rpm” at the step

    rpm -Uvh *.rpm

    before this step all things went good.
    please solve it.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Go to the actual path, for example cd /tmp/LibO_3.6.5_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US/RPMS/ directory and run the command again. You must be under RPMS directory to run the command. or use ‘pwd’ command to check your current working directory.

  9. Tox says:

    Hello

    64bit link is no longer working needs to get updated, keep up the great work.

  10. Rami Rosen says:

    Hello,
    On fedora 18, I tried, as suggested here:

    yum remove libreoffice.org*
    Gave me:

    No Match for argument: libreoffice.org*
    No Packages marked for removal

    But this worked:
    yum remove libreoffice*

    Regards,
    Rami Rosen

  11. Genefer says:

    I have installed successfully but couldnt find the icon in the desktop applications.

  12. Bibi says:

    Hello,

    each time I try to install the RPM I got this error :

    Error: Package: libobasis4.1-core01-4.1.0.4-4.x86_64 (/libobasis4.1-core01-4.1.0.4-4.x86_64)
    Requires: libreoffice4.1-ure

    I don’t really know if it is important or not but no matter what I do I can’t solve this and it seem to impact the rest of the installation.

  13. Hi thanks for the tut, just a few things I found:

    On step 4, I had to change my path to:
    cd /tmp/LibreOffice_4.1.0.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/

    On step 5, I had to change to:
    libreoffice4.1

    Then it all worked. If anyone’s having issues just try this.

  14. Talha Oz says:

    Thanks and such a note would be helpful: Go to http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/ and get the latest version (or the version you want among the distributions provided). It looks like they are removing links to the older versions. So, wget LibreOffice_4.1.0 did not work for me but the following does:

    wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.1.1/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

  15. rajmeesa says:

    Yum complains that the package is not signed.

    Two ways:

    1. Just use the simple “rpm -ivh package.rpm” (you get the same result as doing “yum localinstall package.rpm”); or

    2. Edit /etc/yum.conf and change the value of gpgcheck from 1 to 0.

  16. Anwar says:

    Thank you very much for the guide. Installation is successfully done by suppressing sign check. But when I try to open it, program is exiting giving error message “Xlib: extension “XINERAMA” missing on display “:0.0″. I dont have a clue about this, since I am a newbie to linux. (I am Using RHEL). Please help.

    Thanks

    • tony says:

      Hi did you ever solve this issue with libre-office and the error

      “Xlib: extension “XINERAMA” missing on display “:0.0″.

      Im having same error

  17. Slopechaz says:

    What about Opensuse 13.1? Any tutorial for us? :)

    Thanks.

  18. Step 2 is not necessary,
    Step 4 worked well
    cd / LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_rpm/RPMS /

    copy all well and will be fine
    # # For 32 Bit OS # #
    # Cd / tmp/LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_rpm/RPMS /
    # Yum localinstall *. Rpm

    Bye friends

  19. Chris says:

    Great Article and feedback

    After attempting to install from Libreoffice website previously this is definately a better method

    Please note the latest version ( on 64 bit Redhat 6) would currently need the following command to install

    wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.2.2/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.2.2_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

  20. Biswa says:

    Link for RHEL6 64bit doesn’t work. “ERROR 404 not found”

  21. satish says:

    very good blog and i have successfully installed libreoffice in RHEL 6.3_64bit

  22. Mark says:

    M installing libre office on fedora 14 but at the end of installation i am getting below shown error…

    Total size: 553 M
    Installed size: 553 M
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Downloading Packages:

    Package libobasis4.2-base-4.2.5.2-2.i586.rpm is not signed

    so please help in debugging this…

  23. Kete says:

    Thanks! I was unfamiliar with yum localinstall

  24. Leo Benevides says:

    Ultimate stable version:

    download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.3.0/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.3.0_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

    enjoy!

    regards!

  25. Anurag says:

    Hi Ravi

    I’m trying to install the LibreOffice_4.3.1_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz from http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.3.1/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.3.1_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

    But i get 2 library error messages. –skipbroken doesn’t work. I have tried nogpgcheck , nothng seems to help.

    I’m working on RHEL 6.5, would it be possible for you to help me out with this, as this is really urgent for me to work on Office Docs and Workbooks.

    -Anurag (anurag.t.2008@gmail.com)

  26. Shekhar says:

    Thank you for the article. It helped a lot.

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