Hi I'm new to Ubuntu having finally given up the ghost with Windows 8! On Ubuntu 13.04, I've used the Software Centre to install a number of apps including Skype. However OpenOffice is proving very tiresome.

This is the download:


It won't install from the Software Centre, or from double click. Right click doesn't offer an install option.

  • Welcome to AskUbuntu! Your question seems to be similar to this one. If those answers don't fully address your question please edit it to include why. On the other hand, why not give LibreOffice (installed by default) a try?
    – carnendil
    May 22, 2013 at 18:00
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    Why not try libre office? It's based on Open office and installed by default.
    – Alvar
    May 22, 2013 at 18:01

2 Answers 2


Well first thing to do is remove Libreoffice if its installed. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then to install OpenOffice you do:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/openoffice 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install apache-openoffice

I just tested it on 13.04, and it works.

For Ubuntu 14.04 and above download either the 32bit or 64bit of Apache OpenOffice.

For 32 Bit:

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.3/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.3_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz
tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.3_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

For 64 Bit:

wget http://netassist.dl.sourceforge.net/project/openofficeorg.mirror/4.1.3/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.3_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz
tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.3_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

once extracted, navigate to the DEBS folder where the file was extracted, and issue the command(s) below:

cd en-US/DEBS/
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Then navigate to the desktop-integration folder, and issue the command(s) below:

cd desktop-integration/
sudo dpkg -i openoffice4.0-debian-menus*.deb

Source for OpenOffice Install:Upubuntu


or you can install "Libre Office" which is totally identical with the former OpenOffice which declared as a fork to that project by Oracle. More info is at : Difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice

use Terminal and write :

1- if you already found it in Ubuntu and wand to have the latest version :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-0
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2- OR if you didn't have it installed just write :

sudo apt-get install libreoffice
  • 1
    The OP asked for OpenOffice, not LibreOffice.
    – Hibou57
    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:22
  • I'm using Libreoffice 5...and it's terrible. Calc crashes, the text doesn't update, and formulas don't refresh.
    – Cerin
    Jan 15, 2018 at 16:23

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