LibreOffice installation on Ubuntu

If you’re using Ubuntu, 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 within Ubuntu, and is unsupported for Ubuntu bug filing purposes. Using official packages also ensures you get the best assistance from the community as this is the recommended method to install and use LibreOffice in Ubuntu.

If you find any issues when using LibreOffice with Ubuntu, please follow the bug reporting guidelines.

Installing LibreOffice

Selective installation

To install only part of LibreOffice, you can install the appropriate meta-package:

  • 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)

Full installation

To install all the LibreOffice core packages:

  1. Install the LibreOffice meta-package with this command: sudo apt install libreoffice

  2. Complete the installation by including the Ubuntu (GNOME) desktop integration:
    • If you’re using Ubuntu (Gnome) use this command:

      sudo apt install libreoffice-gnome

    • If you’re using Kubuntu (KDE) use this command:

      sudo apt install libreoffice-kde

Installing a newer version of LibreOffice than available via Ubuntu repositories

If you want to get the very latest version of LibreOffice, you may do so via the LibreOffice PPA. Make sure you test this appropriately if you intend to use this in a production environment.

  1. Open a terminal window by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + T key combination

  2. Use these commands to add the repository:
    sudo apt install python-software-properties
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2

  3. Update the packages list:
    sudo apt update

LibreOffice is now available for installation. One may now perform either selective or full LibreOffice installation.

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 at:

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.

LibreOffice Packaging

More information on the LibreOffice packaging for Ubuntu is available at LibreOfficePackaging .

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 (last edited 2016-05-11 23:49:44 by fitojb)