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Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 21:33

This tutorial explains how you can install LibreOffice version 7.0 and later on an Ubuntu computer with several choices of installation methods namely AppImage, DEB, PPA, Snap and Flatpak sorted by difficulty from beginner to advanced. Thanks to these choices, you who have computer with GNU/Linux distros other than Ubuntu can also practice this. Now let's install it.

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For Whom This Tutorial Is?

This tutorial is for Ubuntu users as well as other GNU/Linux users who do not have LibreOffice version 7 yet and want to install one. For you who are already using Ubuntu 21.04 and later, you already have it preinstalled. However, this tutorial uses Ubuntu 16.04 as the operating system. All in all, we hope this is useful to users of:

  • Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04 and 20.04 LTS
  • Fedora, openSUSE and other GNU/Linuxes

Which One Should I Choose?

If you are new to GNU/Linux, download the AppImage package first and see if it works for you.

Installation with AppImage Package

This way of installation is suitable for most people.

1. Visit

2. Visit AppImage link under Download page (usually at the top).

Alternatively, visit directly

3. Select Still Version under the Basic Edition.

4. You finished downloading a software package namely LibreOffice-Still-x86_64.AppImage.

5. Open your Downloads folder. 

6. Give Executable permission to the Appimage file. 

7. Double-click it and LibreOffice runs. 

8. To run it again next time, simply double-click it.

Installation with PPA

This way of installation is suitable for Ubuntu users who are accustomed to PPA.

1. Visit LibreOffice Still PPA.

2. Make sure your Ubuntu is supported under Technical details link in green. Otherwise, practice other option either it is AppImage or Snap.

3. Add PPA special address to your Ubuntu computer and do a repository refresh.

4. Install LibreOffice 7 by doing command line below:

$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice  

5. Run LibreOffice 7 from applications menu.


Installation with Official Packages

This way of installation is suitable for advanced Ubuntu users who want to use official packages replacing the Ubuntu's packages. To update it later, you should install next version the same way.

1. Visit LibreOffice Download Page.

2. Select operating system GNU/Linux (64-bit) (deb).

3. Click Download link under it. 

4. Once download finished, you get a file named LibreOffice-version.deb.tar.gz.

5. Open your Downloads folder. 

6. Right click the tar file, Extract Here, and as a result you will see a DEBS folder inside LibreOffice folder with multiple files in .deb format.

7. Do command line below inside that DEBS folder inside LibreOffice folder:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

8. Run LibreOffice from applications menu.


Installation with Snap Package

This option is suitable for Ubuntu users who are accustomed to Snaps. With Snap, it is really straightforward to install latest versions of any apps including LibreOffice. To install and run it:

$ snap install libreoffice
$ snap run libreoffice

Installation with Flatpak Package

Lastly, this option is suitable for most users of GNU/Linux distros other than Ubuntu. With Flatpak, it is easy to get latest free software applications like LibreOffice. To install and run it:

$ sudo apt-get install flatpak
$ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub
$ flatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice
$ flatpak run org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

We hope this helps everyone to get LibreOffice Seven running on their computers. Happy writing!

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