How to install LibreOffice 6.4 on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19?

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LibreOffice has just released its latest version. And it promises to be a whole new performance experience. In this post, we will show you how to install LibreOffice 6.4 on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19.

So, LibreOffice is one of the jewels of open source. We are talking about a complete office suite capable of resulting in a free, cross-platform solution available to everyone.

Recently, version 6.4 of this application has been released with many interesting new features:

  • It incorporates a QR code generator that facilitates reading on mobile devices.
  • Also, it improves the integration with Microsoft Windows proprietary formats.
  • In this version, it promises a superior performance to previous versions. Especially when opening and closing documents.
  • Improved application help system.

And many more new features that we can see in this link.

So, let us start.

Install LibreOffice 6.4 on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19

LibreOffice comes installed on almost every Linux distro out there. And that includes Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Therefore, you have to uninstall the version that comes with the system.

So, open a terminal and run the following:

:~$ sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

With this you uninstall the application but to clear the APT cache, use it too:

~$ sudo apt-get clean

And finally, remove all the dependencies not necessary for the system, use this last command:

:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove

With this the LibreOffice that comes with the system will be completely uninstalled.

Now, we proceed to download and install version 6.4.

:~$ wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/6.4.0/deb/x86_64/LibreOffice_6.4.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

Then you have to unzip the folder.

:~$ tar -xzvf LibreOffice_6.4.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

Access the folder and finally perform the installation:

:~$ cd LibreOffice_6.4.0.3_Linux_x86-64_deb
:~$ cd DEBS/
:~$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

At the end, you will have your brand new LibreOffice 6.4

Install LibreOffice 6. using Flatpak

The above process works and works well, but it can bring some problems. Also, the novice user may not like to do all the steps I have described.

To avoid this, we can use Flatpak to perform the installation.

First, we have to install Flatpak:

:~$ sudo apt install flatpak

And then, run this one command:

:~$ sudo flatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

The installation will take a little longer, but it is much easier to do.

This command will work on all Linux distributions that have Flatpak installed. So, this method works for Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, Fedora and more.

When you are done, you can run it from the application menu. In case it doesn’t appear, you can force it to run with the following command:

:~$ flatpak run org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

In my case, I did not uninstall the LibreOffice that comes with the system installation and everything went smoothly.

1.- LibreOffice 6.4 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint
1.- LibreOffice 6.4 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

And that is it.

Conclusion

LibreOffice 6.4 is available for download. In this post, you’ve learned what to do to get it right now on your Ubuntu 18.04. But this tutorial works for Linux Mint 19 and all distributions that are based on Ubuntu 18.04.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for your installation guide.
    After downloaded the packages at Febr 13. there was an additional directory where the installation works from.
    After “cd LibreOffice_6.4.0.3_Linux_x86-64_deb”
    i found a directory “DEBS”
    After the command “cd DEBS” then
    “sudo dpkg -i *.deb” it worked ok!

    Best regards
    Dieter Boecking

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