How to Install FreeOffice 2018 in Linux

FreeOffice is a completely free and full-featured office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet and presentation software for both personal and commercial use and an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office suite which comes with all file formats such as DOCX, PPTX, XLS, PPT, DOC. It also supports LibreOffice OpenDocument Text (ODT) format and available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

In this article, we will show you how to install the latest version of FreeOffice 2018 in Debian, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Fedora, and OpenSUSE Linux distributions.

Installing FreeOffice 2018 in Linux Systems

To install FreeOffice, simply head over to the official download page and grab the DEB or RPM installation package for your architecture.

Once you downloaded the FreeOffice installation package, proceed further to install it on your respective Linux distributions as explained below.

Install FreeOffice 2018 in Debian, Ubuntu & Mint

To install FreeOffice 2018, simple use the following dpkg command.

$ sudo dpkg -i softmaker-freeoffice-2018_971-01_amd64.deb
$ sudo apt-get install -f

If you want to receive automatic updates of FreeOffice 2018, you need to configure the following DEB repository on your system.

$ sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2018/

The above repository script will set up automatic updates on your system so that your system will then keep FreeOffice 2018 up-to-date automatically.

If you don’t use automatic updates on your system, you can simply run the following apt commands to update FreeOffice 2018 to the latest available version.

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

Install FreeOffice 2018 on Fedora and OpenSUSE

Before we proceed further with installing the FreeOffice suite on Fedora and OpenSUSE, you should download the public GPG key and import it.

$ sudo rpm --import linux-repo-public.key

Then, install the download RPM package using the following rpm command.

$ sudo rpm -ivh softmaker-freeoffice-2018_971-01_amd64.rpm

To enable the auto-updates, run the following command.

$ sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2018/

If you don’t use automatic updates on your system, you can simply use yum or dnf to auto-update FreeOffice 2018 to the latest available revision.

$ sudo yum update
$ sudo dnf upgrade

If you are looking for a substitute to Mircosoft Office and at the same time a free version then FreeOffice is one of the best office suite. Just try once and let us know your feedback in the comment section below.

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Anusha Saive
Anusha worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, and also a senior writer and editor at Tecmint. She is a huge fan of Linux and is passionate about writing Linux and technology-related stuff.

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3 thoughts on “How to Install FreeOffice 2018 in Linux”

  1. I prefer to use Libre Office. It has 3 more modules than either FreeOffice or MS Office (database, drawing program, and a formula editor). It is also free and will read and write MS Office file formats going back to Office 97.

  2. I was interested, but, as far as I could see, FreeOffice does not come with a spreadsheet, which is what I was most interested in. That’s just me, but I thought you should alert people that it is not a full office suite, at least for Linux.


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