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I have LibreOffice installed from the repositories (currently it's version 6.0.7 in 18.04.1) but it's possible to download version 6.1.4 from their website as a .deb package. If I wanted to install this newer version over the old, would I first have to remove version 6.0.7 with an apt-get remove, or could I just install the new .deb package and things will be taken care of automatically?

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    I vote for using offiicial LibreOffice PPA - see askubuntu.com/a/132840/66509 . deb-packages obtained from here will be controlled by APT and upgraded with the system.
    – N0rbert
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 18:32
  • I didn't know there was a LibreOffice PPA, I'll have to take a look at that.
    – Bo Johnson
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 19:28

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Uninstall the existing LibreOffice apt package from the default Ubuntu repositories first before you install the new LibreOffice .deb file or you will end up with two instances of LibreOffice installed alongside each other. The same thing goes for installing the LibreOffice snap package alongside the LibreOffice apt package. You can have both versions of LibreOffice installed alongside each other and use either one.

The LibreOffice snap package (libreoffice) has the advantage over a downloaded LibreOffice .deb file that it is updated automatically when updates become available.

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