I've tried "sudo apt install libreoffice", using 18.04.10, but I still have version 6.0.7 after restarting the PC. (I'm trying to get 6.20 or higher so I can simply rotate an image in Draw.) I tried again but the terminal says "libreoffice is already the newest version (1:6.0.7-0ubuntu0.18.04.10)." Do I have to try to change to Ubuntu 20.04 first or should I try downloading version 7.0 from the LibreOffice website?

I found online advice about automatic updates but this assumes I can open LibreOffice. I've only discovered how to open individual programs such as Draw which don't seem to have an Online Update menu option.

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Use a 3rd-party software repository (ppa) for apt.
It currently provides the latest libreoffice for all LTS versions and the latest non-LTS:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt upgrade

Current version is 7.0.4

  • Thanks for your prompt reply. The download ended with several "Possible missing firmware" messages. After restarting I still appear to have version so I'll try using snap but I'm not hopeful. I waste a lot of time trying to do the simplest things in Ubuntu.
    – Andrew
    Feb 1, 2021 at 15:56
  • One note, this is official PPA.
    – N0rbert
    Feb 1, 2021 at 16:52

Open the terminal and type:

sudo snap install libreoffice

This command installs LibreOffice in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile free and open source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing). The LibreOffice snap package will receive automatic updates when they become available.

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    After this, you'll end up with having two different LibreOffice versions installed.
    – raj
    Feb 1, 2021 at 15:30
  • You can use either the snap package or the apt package when they are installed alongside each other, and you can remove either the apt package with sudo apt remove or the snap package with sudo snap remove without interfering with the normal functioning of the other LibreOffice package(s) which are still installed.
    – karel
    Feb 1, 2021 at 15:32
  • That's great thanks. I've now got version 7. I can hardly wait to encounter the next problem.
    – Andrew
    Feb 1, 2021 at 16:10
  • @Andrew If this answered your question, you can mark this answer as accepted by clicking the gray check mark beside the answer to change its color to green.
    – karel
    Feb 1, 2021 at 16:14
  • @karel please, on 20.04.1 I do have the Libreoffice (v6.4.6.2) suite installed, yet when I issue the sudo apt remove libreoffice --dry-run command (just to test it), it returns: Package 'libreoffice' is not installed, so not removed. I have a bunch of related packages, like libreoffice-common, libreoffce-core, libreoffice-gtk3 and so on. Which specific package-name should I give apt as an argument to ensure that it removes the entire suite, and could you please reveal the thinking that leads to that solution?
    – Levente
    Feb 1, 2021 at 18:24

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