LibreOffice installation on Ubuntu

  • If you’re using Ubuntu, please don’t install LibreOffice manually from the .deb files available at Otherwise you will not get automatic updates, upgrades when new versions come out, integration with Ubuntu, and is unsupported for Ubuntu bug filing purposes. Using packages from supported Ubuntu repositories ensures you get the best assistance as this is the recommended method to install and use LibreOffice in Ubuntu.

Full installation

  • Performing a full installation is the recommended way to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu. One would do this by installing the LibreOffice metapackage via a terminal:

    sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Selective installation

  • While this isn't recommended, one may install a subset of the full installation. An example package set:
    • libreoffice-writer: Word processor
    • libreoffice-calc: Spreadsheet
    • libreoffice-impress: Presentation
    • libreoffice-draw: Drawing
    • libreoffice-base: Database
    • libreoffice-math: Equation editor
    • libreoffice-filter-mobiledev: Mobile Devices filters
    • libreoffice-filter-binfilter: legacy filters (e.g. StarOffice 5.2)

  • Additional language modules, help files and extensions are also available if you search for libreoffice in your package manager. Example how to search:

    apt-cache search libreoffice-help-en

    Here are a few examples:
    • libreoffice-help-*: help files
    • libreoffice-l10n-*: localization files
    • libreoffice-pdfimport: LibreOffice extension for importing PDF documents

    • libreoffice-presentation-minimizer: LibreOffice extension for size-efficient presentations

    • libreoffice-presenter-console: LibreOffice Impress extension for a separate presenter's console

    • libreoffice-report-builder-bin: LibreOffice extension for building database reports -- libraries

    • mozilla-libreoffice: office productivity suite -- Mozilla plugin

Language localization, spell checking, dictionary, hyphenation, thesaurus, and help

  • To install proper support for language writing aids you may install the corresponding packages libreoffice-l10n-*, myspell-*, hyphen-*, mythes-*, libreoffice-help-* followed by your language ISO 639-1 code. A complete list of such language codes is available here. For example, the corresponding French packages are:

    • libreoffice-l10n-fr
    • myspell-fr
    • hyphen-fr
    • mythes-fr
    • libreoffice-help-fr

    Please be advised that not all languages have these corresponding packages. For more information on language support in LibreOffice please check here.

Installing a newer version of LibreOffice than available via Ubuntu repositories

  • If you want to get a later version of LibreOffice then provided by the Ubuntu repositories, and you have tested this appropriately for your environment, you may do so via one of the PPAs provided by the LibreOffice Packaging team. For example, one may add the LibreOffice PPA repository:

    sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

    sudo apt update

    LibreOffice is now available for installation.

Troubleshooting LibreOffice

Building LibreOffice

  • More information on building LibreOffice as a release build or a developer build can be found at BuildingLibreOffice.

Debugging LibreOffice

  • More information on debugging LibreOffice as a release build or a developer build can be found at DebuggingLibreOffice.

LibreOffice Packaging

LibreOffice (last edited 2016-12-25 21:28:39 by penalvch)