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I've downloaded the .deb version from the website. A tar.gz file. Then I extracted it. It gives me 3 folders: DEBS, Licences, readme.


There are loads of .deb files. So am I installing the one with the largest size called core04, because I did do this:

dpkg -i openoffice-core04_4.1.2-3_amd64.deb

it is not working.

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Go to DEBS folder and execute sudo dpkg -i *.deb

This installs Openoffice in /opt by default.

To install the Desktop integreations go into the dekstop-integration folder and execute the same command as above.

For further details please see here.

  • Are you sure it installs OpenOffice in /opt? Sounds like a throwing stone in the dark – Anwar Sep 27 '16 at 12:51
  • I did all that and I am sure it installed but there is no openoffice when I search in the bar!? I restarted but nothing s16.postimg.org/6cgm1458l/… – peteubuntu Sep 27 '16 at 13:09
  • Did you remove Libreoffce? It could clash with OpenOffice. Can you execute soffice and libreoffice commands seperately? What do they do? Can you go into the /usr/bin folder and execute file soffice comman? It may say symbolic link to ../lib/libreoffice/program/soffice. – Mustafa Yılmaz Sep 27 '16 at 13:24
  • Yes, I removed libreoffice already. When I go to /usr/bin folder no such file as soffice!? But I see openoffice in "apt list --installed". I am going to uninstall everything and reinstall and see I can solve the problem – peteubuntu Sep 27 '16 at 15:02
  • Finally got it working. Looks like I had to reinstall everything. Thank you for your help Mustafa. – peteubuntu Sep 27 '16 at 15:29

IF you want you can install all of them, but what's really important is that you install the core of the program. The core is basically the hub of the whole program (you will just see in dash as 'OpenOffice #' with # being the version number). It will install the rest of the program along with the libraries into the place you desire. As @Mustafa said,

This installs Openoffice in /opt by default.

So you probably won't have to change the installation path.

But if you do want to install desktop integrations (e.g. shorcuts and app links) Then you may wanna put it into the desktop-integrations folder.


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.

Source for OpenOffice Install:Upubuntu

Originally posted by Mitch

  • This isn't working. I got "E: Unable to locate package apache-openoffice" I am running 16.04 – peteubuntu Sep 27 '16 at 13:05

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