Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 13:48

The latest LibreOffice 6.1 has been released at 8 August 2018 with a bunch of improvements and you can install it on any GNU/Linux distro if you download the AppImage version. As you may know, application in AppImage format is "portable", you do not need to install anything in your OS except give it permission and double-click it! Here's how to download and run it regardless your GNU/Linux distro. Enjoy!

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1. Download LibreOffice 6.1 AppImage Version

It is the download page and choose the "Fresh" one

2. Run It

  • Open your file manager.
  • Find the .appimage file.
  • Right-click the file > Properties > Permission > give check mark to "Make Executable" option > OK
  • Double-click the .appimage file.
  • LibreOffice 6.1 running.
Left: double-click the file; right: the program running

Of course, the 230MB AppImage file contains all modules of LibreOffice which are Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, and Base.

All six LibreOffice modules with "Karasa Jaga" icon set by Rizal Muttaqin

3. Add It To Menu

For example, I do it on Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon, however it is very similar on other GNU/Linux distros:
  • 1) right-click the desktop menu
  • 2) Configure > Menu > Open The Menu Editor
  • 3) Menu Editor showing
  • 4) Add new item with the .appimage as the program file and give it a name like "LibreOffice 6.1 AppImage Version" or surch
  • 5) Save and OK
  • 6) Check up your menu as it should be there along with your default LibreOffice version

How to make a new menu entry for the 6.1

4. Simultaneous Running

You can run different versions of LibreOffice thanks to AppImage. Again, it's without installing anything, so it's not like Snappy or Flatpak. For example, run your default LibreOffice 6.0 and the 6.1 AppImage version in a same time. It is useful especially you want to compare them or simply review them. See picture below.

Left: version 6.0, right: version 6.1

Enjoy and share LibreOffice with your friends!

Further Links

You can read what changes added in LibreOffice 6.1 from the 6.1 and the 6.0 release notes:

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