I wanted to try libreoffice 7, however, the application crashes and it does not open even after running safe mode and restoring the profile This solution I found here.

I am using kubuntu focal fossa.

I want to go back to the previous version, libreoffice 6. I have tried the following solution:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

But it gave me the following warning:

"PPA to be removed: ppa:libreoffice ppa:libreoffice

Warning: Could not find package list for PPA: ppa:libreoffice ppa:libreoffice"

Can someone help me, please?

1 Answer 1


Using Ubuntu Software, remove LibreOffice.

Then open "Software & Updates". On the second tab, "Other Software", uncheck the checkmark before both libreoffice PPA's (https://ppa.launchpadcontent.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu..., one with binary code and one with source code). This inactivates the PPA. You can also fully remove by selecting the PPA and clicking "Remove"

Hit "Close" to close "Software & Updates". This will automatically refresh the software lists.

Reinstall LibreOffice from Ubuntu Software. Make sure you select the older .deb version and not the recent snap version.

  • I have two llibreoffice PPA's, one "main" and the other "main (source code)". None of them are checked by default Sep 23, 2022 at 9:24
  • Perfect. The PPA-purge command already removed it. Go ahead with removing LibreOffice and reinstalling it. Make sure NOT to select the SNAP version, and if the SNAP version is installed (which I start to suspect), remove that also.
    – vanadium
    Sep 23, 2022 at 9:32
  • do you agree that to remove libreoffice I can do: "sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice-core libreoffice-common sudo apt-get autoremove --purge" and then install it with "sudo apt-get install libreoffice" ? Sep 23, 2022 at 12:27
  • Hello, I have tried as described, followinng by downloading a .tar file. Now if I type libreoffice --version it does not appear. But I can open word files. I don't know what happended Sep 23, 2022 at 13:31
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    I did not refer to downloading a deb. I referred to using the Software Center to search the .deb version and install it in the software center. Just a matter of point-and-click.
    – vanadium
    Sep 23, 2022 at 16:34

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