How to install LibreOffice 6.1 on Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Debian…

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This article describes how to install LibreOffice 6.1 on Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux distributions, such as Linux Mint, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian and Ubuntu. This installation method is based on the official .deb packages.

LibreOffice 6.1 was released on August 8, 2018
LibreOffice 6.2 is scheduled to be released end of January 2019. Find more information on LibreOffice 6.1 & 6.2 release dates on the official release plan.

Resources for LibreOffice 6.1 & 6.2:
Detailed 6.1 release plan
Detailed 6.2 release plan
LO 6.1 Release notes (new features list)
LO 6.2 Release notes (new features list)

A. Remove bundled LibreOffice

LibreOffice 6.1 can be installed alongside older LibreOffice versions, but conflicts may occur.

To remove prior installations of LibreOffice:
sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core

If you also want to remove LibreOffice configuration files, use the purge switch:
sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice-core

B. Install LibreOffice

Step 1 of 3 – Download compressed packages

Download LibreOffice 6.1 from the official download page:
www.libreoffice.org/download/

Select Linux x86 (deb) for 32 bits systems or Linux x64 (deb) for 64 bits systems.

This how-to supposes that the downloaded file (and language packs) is saved in the “Downloads” directory situated in your home directory.

Download as many language packs as you need.

Step 2 of 3 – Extract the .deb packages

The downloaded file is a compressed .tar.gz archive. In case you want to learn more on these extensions: tar, gzip. To extract this juicy archive, open the “Downloads” directory. Look for a file named:

LibreOffice_6.1.0_Linux_x86_deb.tar.gz or
LibreOffice_6.1.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

right-click on it and select “extract here “. Repeat the extraction process for all language packs. The .tar.gz archive(s) can now be deleted.

Step 3 of 3 – Install .deb packages

Open a terminal.
Change the current directory to the location of the .deb packages:
cd ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.1.x_Linux_x86_deb/DEBS

or for the 64 bits version:
cd ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.1.x_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS

(No need to write everything: use Tab ↹ to autocomplete the command line, or copy and paste with the middle-click mouse button)

Finally, install all .deb packages:
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

In case you’re installing language packs, repeat the cd and dpkg steps for each language pack.

You’re done! No need to restart, LibreOffice is ready to be used.

If you have problems launching LibreOffice, try out the following command:
libreoffice6.1
or
/opt/libreoffice6.1/program/soffice

If you’re installing a development release (Beta) of LO 6.2, you can launch it with the following command:
lodev6.2

C. Uninstall LibreOffice

If you want to remove LibreOffice, use the following command:
sudo apt-get remove libreoffice6.1*

If you want to remove a development (beta) version of LibreOffice, use the following command:
sudo apt-get remove lodev*

By Johannes Eva, January 2011 – September 2018

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for the Terminal codes. Newbies like me just want it to work and your codes provide the copy and paste necessities for Linux to do its magic.

    (If it can’t be done in Linux (and LibreOffice) its not worth doing)

  2. please help me with this error, newbee here

    root@Anon:~/libreoffice# sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice# cd LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice/LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb# sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice/LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb# cd debs
    bash: cd: debs: No such file or directory
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice/LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb# cd DEBS
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice/LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb/DEBS# sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process
    root@Anon:~/libreoffice/LibreOffice_6.0.2.1_Linux_x86_deb/DEBS# sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process

    • The last line says it all: check if you are running another instance of dpkg. In last resort, try to remove dpkg lock file:

      sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock

      Then let dpkg fix itself:
      sudo dpkg --configure -a

      Note that this problem is not per se related to LibreOffice.

  3. Would be useful to know how to install such alongside the native repository install of LibreOffice – without conflict. Would be useful to be able to choose, say, LibreOffice Writer 5.2, vs just LibreOffice Writer. Migrations / new versions not always working as seamlessly as one might like with files one might already have. It can be very frustrating to have a new version munge (e.g. formatting) of a current document one depends on, and not being able to ‘un-munge’ it.

  4. Works well. The only problem I had is that the icons were not created. I created them manually by running Writer, Calc and Impress and the using the “Lock to Launcher” option. This is how to run them from the terminal:

    Writer: /opt/libreoffice5.0/program/oosplash –writer
    Calc: /opt/libreoffice5.0/program/oosplash –calc
    Impress: /opt/libreoffice5.0/program/oosplash –impress

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