LibreOffice is an open-source and much more powerful personal productivity office suite for Linux, Windows & Mac, that provides feature-rich functions for word documents, data processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing, Calc, Math, and more.
LibreOffice has a large number of satisfied users across the globe with almost 200 million downloads as of now. It supports more than 115 languages and runs on all major operating systems.
The Document Foundation team proudly announced the fresh major release of LibreOffice 7.6.4 on 7, December 2023, which 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 to enterprises, early adopters, and power users.
- Kernel 3.10 or higher version.
- glibc2 version 2.17 or higher version
- Minimum 256MB and recommended 512MB RAM
- 1.55GB available Hard disk space
- Desktop (Gnome or KDE)
Install LibreOffice on Linux Desktops
The installation instructions provided here are for LibreOffice 7.6.4 using US English as the language on a 64-bit system. For 32-bit systems, LibreOffice has discontinued support and no longer offers 32-bit binary releases.
Step 1: Download LibreOffice
Go to the official LibreOffice download page and grab the latest version that is bundled with all the binary packages as a .tar.gz archive file.
Alternatively, you can use the following wget command to download LibreOffice directly in the terminal as shown.
On RHEL-based distributions such as Fedora, CentOS Stream, Rocky, and Alma Linux.
cd /tmp wget https://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/7.6.4/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_7.6.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz
On Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
cd /tmp wget https://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/7.6.4/deb/x86_64/LibreOffice_7.6.4_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz
Step 2: Remove Old LibreOffice
sudo dnf remove libreoffice* [On RHEL/CentOS/Fedora and Rocky/AlmaLinux] sudo apt remove libreoffice* [On Debian, Ubuntu and Mint]
The above command will remove the old LibreOffice installation and associated configuration files from your system.
Make sure to install the new version afterward, following the installation instructions for your specific Linux distribution.
Step 3: Install LibreOffice Packages
After downloading the LibreOffice package, use the tar command to extract it under the /tmp directory or in a directory of your choice.
tar zxvf LibreOffice_7.6.4_Linux_x86-64*
After extracting the package, you will find a directory, and within this directory, there will be a sub-directory named RPMS or DEBS. Now, execute the following command to install it.
On RHEL-based distributions:
cd /tmp/LibreOffice_220.127.116.11_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/ sudo dnf install *.rpm
On Debian-based distributions:
cd /tmp/LibreOffice_18.104.22.168_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Starting LibreOffice in Linux
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.
In conclusion, installing the latest version of LibreOffice on a Linux desktop is a straightforward process that involves updating the system’s package database, optionally removing the existing LibreOffice installation, and then installing the desired version.