LibreOffice 6.1 Released with Major Changes — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

dual screen 1745705 640

LibreOffice 6.1, (the latest stable version) has been released and available for download on Windows, Mac OS and Linux machines. The project behind the popular open source produtivity suite billed it as a major release  with numeral features and changes.

At the time of the release the latest version wasn’t available via Ubuntu default repositories. So if you want to install or upgrade to the latest released version, you may want to add its office PPA repository to Ubuntu and install / upgrade from there.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install or upgrade to the latest version ( 6.1 ) and subsequent updates via its PPA repository. This is one way to always get the latest versions of the package for your system. it also allows in-place upgrade. so that all previous version will automatically be upgraded.

For more about this release, please visit its changelog page.

When you want to upgrade, follow the steps below

Some of the changes that were introduced are:

  • New fill backgrounds, gradients, etc
  • Improvements to Excel 2003 XML import
  • Various macOS-specific fixes
  • DOCX export/import
  • New “spell out” chapter numbering styles in Writer
  • Draw menus have been reorganized
  • New set of default gradients
  • Improved online help

Below are three options available to you if you want to install or upgrade. use either one below to get LibreOffice installed.

Option #1: Install via DEB Pakcage

To manually install the latest version via LibreOffice DEB packages, use the steps below. First, completely purge the current LibreOffice from your Ubuntu machine by 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 … After uninstalling and restarting your desktop, go and download LibreOffice 6.1 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.

LibreOffice Ubuntu install

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 …

LibreOffice 6.1

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

When you’re done, LibreOffice should be installed and ready to use… To launch it, go to the Activities Overview and search LibreOffice and launch it.

LibreOffice 6.1

Option #2: Install LibreOffice via Office PPA

One can easily install LibreOffice application on Ubuntu simply by running the apt get install libreoffice commands. However, if you need the latest version, you may want to add its official PPA repository to your system by running the comamnds below, then install it from there…

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

That should install the latest version… Doing that will automatically upgrade the current version of LibreOffice to the  latest, remove obsolete packages from your systems.

Option #3: Install Via Snap

LibreOffice can also be installed via Ubuntu snap package management… Snaps are fast to install, easy to create, safe to run, and they update automatically and transactionally so the application is always fresh and never broken.…

Developers packaged snap packages with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully…

To install via Snap, run the commands below

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install libreoffice


You may also like the post below:


  1. The PPA route does not install 6.1.0, rather it installs a 6.0.6 version

  2. ppa:libreoffice/ppa contains 6.0.6, no 6.1, at now (2018/08/29).

  3. workaround with *.deb (german) works great, thanks for help!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.