Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Released – Install on RedHat and Debian Based Distributions

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 130 millions of users across the globe in corporates, homes and research centers with almost in 38 languages. It is available freely for download and works on all common systems.

Install Apache OpenOffice in Linux

Install Apache OpenOffice in Linux

Update: Install LibreOffice 5.0.2 on RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

OpenOffice 4.1.2 Improvements/Enhancements

  1. Performance improvement for faster startup.
  2. 38 supported languages.
  3. Number of enhancements were added to the WebDAV management and file locking.
  4. Bug fixes in Writer, Calc, Impress/Draw, Base.
  5. The PDF export dialog was revamped for better usability on small laptop screens.
  6. Fixed several security vulnerabilities.

The complete list of features can be found at Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2.

Requirements for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

  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 4.1.2 on Linux

The following installation instructions shows you how to install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 using language US English on a 32-Bit and 64-bit Linux distributions.

For 64-Bit platforms, there will be a minor changes in directory names, but the installation instructions same for both the architectures.

Step 1: Installing Java JRE

As I said above, you must have a JRE version (32-bit or 64-bit) installed on your systems, if not install the latest Java JRE version using following article.

  1. Install Java on Linux Systems

Else, you can follow below instructions to install most recent version of Java JRE on Linux distributions such a Debian and RedHat based.

On Debian and its derivatives
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre
Install Java JRE in Ubuntu

Install Java JRE in Ubuntu

On RedHat based Systems
# yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk
Install Java JDK on CentOS

Install Java JDK on CentOS

Once Java installed, you can verify the version using following command.

$ java -version

openjdk version "1.8.0_66-internal"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_66-internal-b01)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.66-b01, mixed mode)

Step 2: Downloading Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

Download OpenOffice 4.1.2 using Wget command based on your system bit.

On Debian and its derivatives
# cd /tmp

---------------------------- On 32-bit Systems ---------------------------- 
# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.2/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

---------------------------- On 64-bit Systems ---------------------------- 
# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.2/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz
On RedHat based Systems
# cd /tmp

---------------------------- On 32-bit Systems ---------------------------- 
# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.2/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

---------------------------- On 64-bit Systems ---------------------------- 
# wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.2/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Step 3: Removing Old OpenOffice Version

$ sudo apt-get remove openoffice* libreoffice*		[On Debian based Systems]
# yum remove openoffice* libreoffice*			[on RedHat based Systems]

Step 4: Extracting OpenOffice 4.1.2 Package

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

-------------------- On Debian and its Derivatives -------------------- 
# tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz	[For 32-bit]
# tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz		[For 64-bit]

-------------------- On RedHat based Systems -------------------- 
# tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz		[For 64-bit]
# tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.2_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz	[For 32-bit]

Step 5: Installing OpenOffice 4.1.2 Package

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

-------------------- On Debian and its Derivatives -------------------- 
# dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1-debian-*.deb

-------------------- On RedHat based Systems -------------------- 
# rpm -Uvh en-US/RPMS/*.rpm en-US/RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1.2-redhat-*.rpm

Step 6: Starting Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

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

# openoffice4

Step 7: Screenshots of Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

Apache OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice

About Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

About Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

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22 Responses

  1. Anjan says:

    Hi ,

    I am getting following error while installing in rhel 6 update 5
    rpm -ivh en-US/RPMS/*.rpm en-US/RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1.2-redhat-*.rpm

    error: Failed dependencies:
    perl(common.pl) is needed by openoffice-core06-4.1.2-9782.x86_64

    Any hints ?



    • Ravi Saive says:


      It’s because you’re installing most latest version of Apache Office in older version of CentOS 6, that means either you need to install supported version of Apache Open Office or upgrade your OS.

  2. Naren says:

    I am new on linux . Your steps worked great until the 4th step . After the 4 th step ..when i gave the command u said to install the rpm packages ….it came as follows : error: File not found by glob: RPMS/*.rpm
    error: File not found by glob: RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1.2-redhat-*.rpm
    Please help me with it as soon as possible !

  3. Sam says:

    Why not just use LibreOffice? it is already in most most linux distribution, can do everything OpenOffice can do (its a fork), has more features and better performance.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      Yes, we can install LibreOffice from default repositories and I do admit that LibreOffice is much better than OpenOffice, but both does same job and have almost same features and this article is specially created for Openoffice lovers…

  4. 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

  5. Eddie G. says:

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

    # yum install glibc-2.7* –skip-broken

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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