Replace LibreOffice with OpenOffice on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

Currently LibreOffice is the default productivity suite on almost all of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. But prior to LibreOffice, OpenOffice was the default and probably the only trusted one that was available then.

Fast forward, LibreOffice is now the king of productivity for Linux systems. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to replace LibreOffice productivity suite with OpenOffice. Even though LibreOffice probably has more support now then OpenOffice, millions of users still use OpenOffice for their day-to-day tasks on Linux and Windows systems.

For those who are still fan of OpenOffice and can’t get it in Ubuntu, follow the steps below to get installed and working on Ubuntu systems.

Step 1: Remove LibreOffice from Ubuntu

First of all, you can’t have both LibreOffice and OpenOffice installed on Ubuntu at the same time. You must remove one for the other. To completely remove LibreOffice from Ubuntu, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice* libexttextcat-data* && sudo apt-get autoremove

Running the above commands purge LibreOffice files from the Ubuntu machine.

Step 2:  Download OpenOffice and Install

Now that LibreOffice is completely removed from the Ubuntu machine, continue below to download the latest version of OpenOffice from its download page. At the time of this post, the latest version of OpenOffice was at 4.1.3

The commands below can be used to download the 64-bit of that version.

cd /tmp

Next, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file

tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_*.gz

After extracting the downloaded file, run the commands below to install OpenOffice.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb

Finally, run the commands below to install Ubuntu desktop integration tool.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb

After installing, restart and OpenOffice should be installed and ready to use.

openoffice ubuntu install

That’s how to replace LibreOffice with OpenOffice on Ubuntu systems.


This post shows students and new users how to switch out LibreOffice for OpenOffice. OpenOffice isn’t as popular as LibreOffice currently, but there are still folks who prefer OpenOffice. This tutorial is for those people.

LibreOffice is as good as OpenOffice, maybe even better.. so if you don’t have a good reason to switch, please don’t do it…


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