How to Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors in Linux

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is an open-source office suite that is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS users. Freely distributed under the terms of AGPLv3, it combines three editors for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that are natively compatible with the Microsoft Office formats (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX).

[ You might also like: 13 Most Used Microsoft Office Alternatives for Linux ]

Using this app, you can:

  • Open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without any compatibility issues.
  • Work with other popular formats, such as DOC, ODT, RTF, TXT, PDF, HTML, EPUB, XPS, DjVu, XLS, ODS, CSV, PPT, and ODP
  • Use a vast array of editing and formatting features – paragraph spacing, footers, headers, margins, etc.
  • Insert and edit complex objects like charts, auto shapes, and Text Art.
  • Make use of third-party plugins – YouTube, Photo Editor, Translator, Thesaurus.
  • Sign documents digitally.
  • Protect files with a password.
  • Collaborate in real-time by connecting the desktop app to a cloud platform — ONLYOFFICE, Nextcloud, ownCloud, or Seafile.

What’s new in ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors v.6.3

The latest version of ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors, v.6.3, comes with a lot of new features and improvements:

  • Dark Theme.
  • 150% interface scaling.
  • Updated reviewing — it’s possible to enable the Track Changes to feature for the user or everyone who opens the file.
  • New chart type — line, scatter, and combo charts.
  • Opening XML files and saving to HTML, EPUB, and FB2.
  • XLOOKUP function for spreadsheets.
  • Grouping/ungrouping data in pivot tables.
  • New cell formats (mm/dd, mm/dd/yyyy and mm/dd/yy) and more.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors Requirements

  • CPU: dual-core 2 GHz or better
  • RAM: at least 2 GB
  • HDD: 2 GB min.
  • OS: 64-bit
  • Kernel: 3.8 or higher version

Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors from Repository

A preferable option to install ONLYOFFICEdesktop editors is to add their repository to your Linux OS.

Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to Ubuntu and Derivatives

$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys CB2DE8E5
$ echo 'deb squeeze main' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/onlyoffice.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install onlyoffice-desktopeditors
$ desktopeditors

Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to Red Hat and Derivatives

$ sudo yum install
$ sudo yum install epel-release
$ sudo yum install onlyoffice-desktopeditors -y
$ desktopeditors

Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors via Snap

If you prefer Ubuntu or its official flavors, the easiest way of installing ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors might be using a snap package.

To get the application installed, just execute the following command:

$ snap install onlyoffice-desktopeditors

When the installation process is over, you can launch ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors using this terminal command:

$ snap run onlyoffice-desktopeditors

You can also install the app from the official marketplace – the Snap Store. Find ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors and click the corresponding button.

Install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors via Flatpak

Another way to install ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is via Flatpak. This software deployment platform allows you to install desktop apps on 28 Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Endless OS, Debian, CentOS, etc.

Get ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors for your distro by entering the following command:

$ flatpak install flathub org.onlyoffice.desktopeditors

Now the application is ready. Use this command to launch it:

$ flatpak run org.onlyoffice.desktopeditors

Alternatively, you can directly go to Flathub, find ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors, and click the Install button.

Launch the Preinstalled ONLYOFFICE Desktop App

Once the installation is done, you can run the editors using the terminal command:

$ desktopeditors
Dark Theme in ONLYOFFICE
Dark Theme in ONLYOFFICE

So far, ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors has been included as a default office suite in a number of Linux distributions:

  • Escuelas Linux, a distro based on Bodhi Linux and designed for educational purposes.
  • Linkat, an educational distro from Catalonia, Span.
  • Linspire, a Linux-based distro for business, education, and government.
  • Windowsfx, an Ubuntu-based distro from Brazil that looks like Windows 10.
  • SparkyLinux, a Debian-based Linux distribution from Poland.

If you run any of these operating systems, you don’t need to install anything. ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is available by default and all you need to do is to click the corresponding icon.

Hey TecMint readers,

Exciting news! Every month, our top blog commenters will have the chance to win fantastic rewards, like free Linux eBooks such as RHCE, RHCSA, LFCS, Learn Linux, and Awk, each worth $20!

Learn more about the contest and stand a chance to win by sharing your thoughts below!

Sergey Zarubin
A former university teacher, Sergey has been passionate about open-source software since 2019. He writes about software for several websites and contributes to the ONLYOFFICE open-source project.

Each tutorial at TecMint is created by a team of experienced Linux system administrators so that it meets our high-quality standards.

Join the TecMint Weekly Newsletter (More Than 156,129 Linux Enthusiasts Have Subscribed)
Was this article helpful? Please add a comment or buy me a coffee to show your appreciation.


Leave a Reply
  1. I just tried to add the repo to my Linux Mint Una system; at the second command, I was told:

    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list: Permission denied

    Am I missing something???



Got Something to Say? Join the Discussion...

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We appreciate your decision to leave a comment and value your contribution to the discussion. It's important to note that we moderate all comments in accordance with our comment policy to ensure a respectful and constructive conversation.

Rest assured that your email address will remain private and will not be published or shared with anyone. We prioritize the privacy and security of our users.