In Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, for general use, how to update LibreOffice from the default version installed by Canonical?

Are there reasons to leave it as is? I regularly use Software Updater to install recommended updates, and wonder why LibreOffice is still on an older version.


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It is opinion-based, but having newer version of LibreOffice is IMHO good because of new features.

To install newer LibreOffice you have to use their official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade # to get newest dependencies for sure

As the result you will get 7.1.6 (at time of writing) instead of default 6.4.7.

Note: reverting to default version is possible by sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa .

  • for some odd reason, when I first installed LO on 20.04 I added the repo ppa:libreoffice/ppa libreoffice-7-0 and that's where it remains. Will your command ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice-7-0/ppa remove it to be followed by sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa followed by the other two lines restore good order or should I just uncheck the ppa in Software & Updates and then install the simpler ppa:libreoffice/ppa as outlined?
    – graham
    Sep 9, 2021 at 7:15
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    Running sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-7-0 and then sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa looks good.
    – N0rbert
    Sep 9, 2021 at 7:33
  • Thanks - done although the old ppa was still listed in Software & Updates - Other Software so I just unchecked it.
    – graham
    Sep 9, 2021 at 8:45
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    ¡last step isn't necessary! update to new ubuntu version is NOT necessary: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade # to get newest dependencies for sure May 26, 2022 at 18:46

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