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How to install LibreOffice 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint 20?

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 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint 20.

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. Therefore, it already comes installed in many Linux distributions but these do not include an updated version.

Install LibreOffice 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 / Linux Mint 20

There are several methods to install LibreOffice 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04 or Linux Mint 20. However, I will show you the two easiest to do, and that allows you to easily keep it updated.

Installing LibreOffice 7.1 using PPA

The LibreOffice development team provides us with a dedicated PPA for LibreOffice 7.1. This repository is compatible with Ubuntu 20.04 as it could not be otherwise. So let’s use it.

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So, open a terminal and run the following command:

:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
In general, users are advised to take a look at the changelog for the details about a package. If there is a specific bug that is intended to be addressed by an update released into the PPA, you are encouraged to test, if the update solves that problem. Packages published after the distro release are mostly such specific fixes. Critical fixes will be SRUed into the main repositories after testing anyway (later, with more testing).

To return to the LibreOffice version from the main archive, use ppa-purge. see: http://www.webupd8.org/2009/12/remove-ppa-repositories-via-command.html for details
 More info: https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel

Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.VVwU2zyIO1/gpg.1.sh --keyserver hkps://keyserver.ubuntu.com:443 --recv-keys 36E81C9267FD1383FCC4490983FBA1751378B444
gpg: key 83FBA1751378B444: public key "Launchpad PPA for LibreOffice Packaging" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1

:~$ sudo apt-get update

And then, if you already have LibreOffice installed, upgrade your system:

:~$ sudo apt upgrade

Or:

:~$ sudo apt full-upgrade

It’s that simple. Next, launch it from the main menu.

Installing LibreOffice 7.1 with Flatpak

If we read the description of the previous repository we will notice that it will only provide updates to the 7.1 branch

To avoid this, it is possible to use Flatpak. As we know, Flatpak is a technology that allows us to create self-contained and secure packages for any Linux distribution.

The Flatpak package of LibreOffice is hosted in Flathub and they give us the instructions to install it.

So, install Flatpak in case you don’t have it installed:

:~$ sudo apt install flatpak

Then, install LibreOffice 7.1 with the following command:

:~$ flatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

When the download is finished you can run it from the main menu. Or by executing the following command:

:~$ flatpak run org.libreoffice.LibreOffice
1.- LibreOffice 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04
1.- LibreOffice 7.1 on Ubuntu 20.04

So, enjoy it.

Conclusion

LibreOffice 7.1 is available for download. In this post, you’ve learned what to do to get it right now on your Ubuntu 20.04. But this tutorial works for Linux Mint 20 and all distributions that are based on Ubuntu 20.04.

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