LibreOffice, the default open source productivity suite saw a major release yesterday for Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems . this brief post shows students and new users how to quickly install the latest version of the software on Ubuntu Linux .
The current version LibreOffice is at 5.4, released back in July 2017 . this version is stable and still supported . so you do not need to hurry to replace it . however, if you like the install and the greatest of any software, you can use the steps below to install LibreOffice 6.0
One thing to remember is that you have both LibreOffice 5.4 and 6.0 installed on the same machine and use them interchangeably, but sometimes that brings confusion ., especially when you try to open version 6.0 and 5.4 opens instead .
Instead of having both installed, the method below completely removes version 5.4 and installs 6.0 .
Leave version 5.4 installed if you want both . but you’ll have to change some settings to make sure 6.0 always launches when you try to use it.
Step 1: Uninstall LibreOffice 5.4
To completely purge the current LibreOffice from your Ubuntu machine, run the commands below:
sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice-core && sudo apt-get autoremove
After that, you may want to reboot your desktop so all remnants of the package are removed .
Step 2: Download and Install LibreOffice 6.0
After uninstalling and restarting your desktop, go and download LibreOffice 6.0 from one of the repositories below .
You will probably want to select a mirror closer to you and the package version in your local language . For this tutorial, we’ll be installing LibreOffice 64-bit US English version.
Once the file is downloaded, open Ubuntu file manager, navigate to the downloaded file, right-click the file, and click to extract . usually extracted in your ~ / Downloads folder of your home directory .
After that, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal . then run the commands below to install
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/LibreOffice*/DEBS/*.deb
That should launch the installation of LibreOffice . wait until the installation is complete and restart your computer once again .
For some, the extratrions create two LibreOffice directories . if you run into that issue, run the commands below to install
sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/LibreOffice*/LibreOffice*/DEBS/*.deb
Step 3: Enjoy!
Now all you have to do is enjoy LibreOffice .
For more about LibreOffice 6.0, check this full release notes
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