How to Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu

Are you an open-source enthusiast? If yes, then you must already be aware of LibreOffice, which is a widely used free office suite application in Linux and is also considered a good alternative to Microsoft Office suite.

Interestingly, the most recent major release LibreOffice 7.4 came with a number of new features such as support for WebP images and EMZ/WMZ files, a search field for the Extension Manager, and support for 16,384 columns in spreadsheets.

Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu

Fortunately, the majority of Linux distributions including Ubuntu ship LibreOffice by default. Although not the latest version, that is why in this article I’ll show you how to install the latest LibreOffice suite in Ubuntu 22.04 and later versions using various methods.

Let’s get started with installing the latest LibreOffice 7.4.4 in Ubuntu using the following methods:

Check LibreOffice Version in Ubuntu

Before installing, make sure to check the version of pre-installed LibreOffice, open your terminal, and run the command:

$ libreoffice --version

LibreOffice 7.3.7.2 30(Build:2)

You can also check the version from inside the LibreOffice application by going to the menu –> help –> about.

Check LibreOffice Version
Check LibreOffice Version

As you can see, the current version installed in my Ubuntu 22.04 is LibreOffice 7.3, which is not the latest version at the moment I’m writing this article.

Uninstall Older LibreOffice in Ubuntu

To avoid any conflict or redundancy, we should first uninstall the existing LibreOffice version before installing its latest version.

So, to completely remove the LibreOffice suite with all its dependencies, run:

$ sudo apt remove --purge libreoffice* -y
Remove LibreOffice in Ubuntu
Remove LibreOffice in Ubuntu

Then, also remove the non-required packages installed as a dependency for LibreOffice and retrieve packages from the local cache by executing the command:

$ sudo apt autoremove -y
$ sudo apt autoclean -y

Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using PPA

PPAs (Personal Package Archives) is the most preferred and recommended way of installing any third-party application on Ubuntu as Ubuntu officially provides it at Launchpad including the LibreOffice PPA repository.

Using the official LibreOffice PPA helps to get the latest stable version and keep it always in sync with upstream. Let’s follow the below steps to install LibreOffice using the terminal from the PPA repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install libreoffice -y
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using PPA
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using PPA

Once installation is complete, open the Activities and search for “LibreOffice”. You will be able to view all available LibreOffice applications.

Open LibreOffice and you can check the latest version 7.4.4 of LibreOffice installed on your system.

Check LibreOffice Version in Ubuntu
Check LibreOffice Version in Ubuntu

In any case, if you wish to remove the LibreOffice PPA repository, simply run the below command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreOffice/ppa

Install LibreOffice In Ubuntu Using Snap

If you’re using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later including Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, you can use the pre-installed official Snap universal packaging and deployment tool by Ubuntu.

The latest versions of LibreOffice are available in the Snap store as Snap packages and can be installed using the following commands.

$ sudo snap search libreoffice
$ sudo snap install libreoffice
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using Snap
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using Snap

Uninstalling LibreOffice Snap is also as simple as installing by running a single command:

$ sudo snap remove libreoffice

Install LibreOffice In Ubuntu Using Flatpak

Similar to Snap, Flatpak is also yet another popular universal package manager that stores the latest version of LibreOffice on Flathub. However, Unlike Snap, you need to manually install Flatpak on Ubuntu first to use it using the command:

$ sudo apt install flatpak
Install Flatpak in Ubuntu
Install Flatpak in Ubuntu

Now, before installing if you want to confirm the availability of LibreOffice on Flathub, run:

$ sudo flatpak search libreoffice

So, if you prefer Flatpak over Snap, you can still install LibreOffice in Ubuntu by running a single command:

$ flatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu via Flatpak
Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu via Flatpak

To uninstall LibreOffice using Flatpak, run:

$ flatpak uninstall org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu via Deb Package

LibreOffice also officially provides the Debian package for Ubuntu, which we can use to directly install the latest version of LibreOffice without any third-party tool.

The only thing you need to do is visit the Download page of LibreOffice, choose an appropriate OS for 32-bit and 64-bit systems, LibreOffice version, and download the .deb file that comes bundled with a .tar.gz archive file.

Now, go to the downloaded directory location and run the below commands in sequence, which basically will extract the tar file and install LibreOffice.

$ tar zxvf LibreOffice_7.4.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz
$ cd LibreOffice_7.4.4.2_Linux_x86-64_deb/
$ cd DEBS/
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Install LibreOffice Deb Package in Ubuntu
Install LibreOffice Deb Package in Ubuntu

Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Using Appimage

Tired of installing tons of packages? You still can directly use LibreOffice without installing it by just downloading the Appimage of LibreOffice.
AppImages package contains all the files and dependencies required for an application to run.

Download the “Fresh” Basic version from the official site. Other Standard and Full versions are also available in case you need support for more languages than English (US).

Now, open the file manager and browse to the location of the AppImage. Right-click on the AppImage and choose the ‘Properties’ option.

In the popped-up window, switch to the Permissions tab and click the ‘Allow executing file as program’ checkbox.

LibreOffice Appimage Permission
LibreOffice Appimage Permission

At last, to open LibreOffice, right-click on AppImage Icon and now select run as a program.

Run LibreOffice Appimage
Run LibreOffice Appimage
LibreOffice Appimage
LibreOffice Appimage

In this article, you learned various ways to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Linux. From the official PPA repo and Debian packages to using the Flatpak and Snap universal packages, you can choose to follow any of the methods as per your comfort.

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