How to install Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04?, Install Apache OpenOffice on Debian 10 / Debian 9?. In this guide, we will look at how to easily install the latest Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04 / Debian 10/9. Apache OpenOffice is a free and open-source office productivity software suite similar to LibreOffice and Microsoft Office suite.

install apache openoffice ubuntu 18.04 debian 9

If you’re looking for Microsoft Office alternative, then Apache OpenOffice is your refuge. OpenOffice has its own file formats and is able to read and save Microsoft Office applications file formats.

Apache OpenOffice features

By installing Apache OpenOffice, you get the following office suite applications.

  • Writer a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
  • Calc a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
  • Impress the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
  • Draw lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
  • Base lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Apache OpenOffice.
  • Math lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.

Install Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04|18.04 / Debian 10|9

The latest Apache OpenOffice archive is available for download from the official website. I don’t recommend installing it from an APT repository since it will likely contain an outdated package.

Step 1: Install Java on Ubuntu | Debian

Install Java in your Debian or Ubuntu system:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install default-jdk

For users with more than one version of Java check our guide on How to set default Java version on Ubuntu / Debian useful.

To get Java version, run the java -version command:

$ java -version
openjdk version "" 2020-11-04
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build, mixed mode, sharing)

Step 2: Uninstall LibreOffice

Installing Desktop integration for Apache OpenOffice will fail if LibreOffice is installed. Consider uninstalling it using our guide below.

How to Uninstall LibreOffice on Ubuntu

Step 3: Download Latest Apache OpenOffice

Visit Apache Downloads page to pull the latest stable release. As of this writing, this is 4.1.8 . Select Linux 64-bit Debian version.

openoffice debian download

Downloading from the CLI can be done using the wget command:

sudo apt-get install -y wget

Replace above URL with the one for the latest Apache OpenOffice package available on the Downloads page.

Step 4: Extract and Install Apache OpenOffice

Wait for the download to finish then extract the file.

tar xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.8_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Change to en-US/DEBS folder created after the extraction and run installer for Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 / Debian 10/9.

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

A successful installation should look similar to one below.

install openoffice ubuntu debian successful

Finally install the Desktop integration package.

$ cd desktop-integration/
$ sudo dpkg -i *deb
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-debian-menus.
(Reading database … 127114 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack openoffice4.1-debian-menus_4.1.6-9790_all.deb …
Unpacking openoffice-debian-menus (4.1.6-9790) …
Setting up openoffice-debian-menus (4.1.6-9790) …
gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.9-2) …
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) …
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-11ubuntu1) …
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1ubuntu3) …
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60ubuntu1) …

Step 4: Using Apache OpenOffice suite

Now that you’re done with the installation part, it is time to start using Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 & Debian 10/9. Search for OpenOffice in your start menu search.

launch openoffice ubuntu debian

Select the OpenOffice application you want to use.

openoffice ubuntu debian start

That’s all. Enjoy using Apache OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 & Debian 10/9 for your daily office tasks.

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