Can Kingsoft Office be installed in Ubuntu?

  • Check here
    – Mochan
    Jan 4, 2013 at 6:58
  • Look at " Guide how to change WPS Office for Linux(Kingsoft Office Chinese ver.) to English" - ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2121775
    – user4815
    Jun 16, 2013 at 20:46
  • That's a job for the wine windows installer. :)
    – dlin
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:19

4 Answers 4


Yes, you can. At this time Kingsoft office (known as WPS office in China) has a official beta version for Linux, you can found more information in their official website.

After installing the debian installer, the office suite is initially in Chinese locale. To make it in English, you can

cd /opt/kingsoft/wps-office/office6/cfgs
sudo nano setup.cfg

Then change the line “UILanguage=2052” to

  • Is it really the same software?. Jan 31, 2013 at 22:25
  • 1
    @UriHerrera Yes, it is the same software. This article on wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsoft_Office explained that Kingsoft office still sold as WPS Office, and at the end of the official website you can found this message: "Copyright © 2008-2012 Kingsoft Office Corporation" Jan 31, 2013 at 22:28
  • Alright. Maybe add some more information about it being WPS Office to your answer. Jan 31, 2013 at 22:49
  1. Download the latest linux Kingsoft Office package from


  2. Run

    sudo dpkg -i kingsoft-office_9.1.0.4184~a12p1_i386.deb

    Change kingsoft-office_9.1.0.4184~a12p1_i386.deb for the name of the package actually downloaded.

  3. Voilà

Note #1: If you had installed Kingsoft Office for Linux Beta1 (wps-office_8.1.0.3724~b1p2_i386.deb), you must remove that one first.

Kingsoft Office (also called WPS Office) will keep nagging about MS Office fonts needed. The options are to ignore it and go ahead with your life, or download and install them from http://wps-community.org/download/fonts/ on your machine. Note that these fonts are not the ones you get with ttf-mscorefonts-installer.

Note #2: Starting from Kingsoft Office for Linux Alpha12 Patch1 (released 2013-09-18), the program will notify the user of upgrades.

Now, LibreOffice is definitely superior (and it supports MS Office files), but if you are forced to work and share a lot Microsoft Office files, you might want to give it a try: for the little that I've seen, in some cases the .docx et al. files appear better (or closely to how they look in Windows; layout, tables and all) under Kingsoft Office than with LO. Your mileage may vary.

I haven't used it too much, nor I have to work mostly with MS Office files, and the improvements I've seen occur in a just few examples; so my verdict is that the advantages are, at this point, marginal if any. And this is a non-libre software.

Or maybe you just want to see for yourself the tabbed interface, which many of us would like to have in the future in LibreOffice.

I tested this in Ubuntu 12.04.

  • Doesn't LibreOffice support the .doc format as well?(Microsoft Office documents)
    – dlin
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:20
  • @Nick thank you for pointing out this omission. I've edited my answer and clarified a little my position.
    – carnendil
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:39
  • Is this up to date?
    – Seth
    Oct 5, 2013 at 21:38
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    @Seth Now it is; as of 2013-10-07 the latest package is Linux Alpha12 Patch1. I have also added a link to the font downloads page. Thanks for the heads up!
    – carnendil
    Oct 7, 2013 at 16:45

Pre 12.04


What can Kingsoft Office do that you can not do with LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice Writer and/or AbiWord?

  • What can Kingsoft Office do that you can not do with LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice Writer and/or AbiWord? It looks better.
    – Seth
    Jun 27, 2013 at 0:51
  • @Seth I disagree on that. Apart from the green splash screen LO uses ;)
    – Rinzwind
    Jun 27, 2013 at 6:28
  • See the newspapers!! There is a deb installer!! :O askubuntu.com/a/367564/169736
    – Braiam
    Oct 29, 2013 at 4:30
  • cool but does it work in 11.10 @Braiam >:-D
    – Rinzwind
    Oct 29, 2013 at 8:32
  • Excuse me... wps-community.org/download.html
    – Wilf
    Dec 1, 2013 at 16:22

This method works in Ubuntu 13.04 64-bits.

  1. Go to the Download page, scroll down until you see wps-office_8.1.0.3724~b1p2_i386.deb file (the one that ends in deb). Download it.
  2. Install gdebi: sudo apt-get install gdebi
  3. In a terminal run: sudo gdebi Downloads/wps-office_8.1.0.3724~b1p2_i386.deb, press Y (accept).
  4. Done.

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