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Ubuntu users can finally upgrade the default LibreOffice office suite to version 6.2 (6.2.2) via PPA, though the LibreOffice 6.2 snap package is available to install for many days.

LibreOffice 6.2 was released a months ago. New features include:

  • LibreOffice NotebookBar UI in 3 styles: Tabbed, Groups, and Contextual.
  • Improved icons for HiDPI displays.
  • Context menus of each app has been reworked and tidied up.
  • Better file compatibility with Microsoft Office

Install Libreoffice 6.2.2 via PPA in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Ubuntu 19.04, do following steps to install the office suite from Libreoffice Fresh PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the LibreOffice PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback while typing) when it prompts, and read terminal output for PPA description and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then you’ll see the upgrade available in Software Updater after checking for updates.

Or run commands in terminal to install LibreOffice:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install libreoffice

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, you can skip sudo apt update as it’s done while adding PPA.

Uninstall:

You can restore to stock version of LibreOffice in Ubuntu main archive by running command in terminal:

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

LibreOffice

For those who prefer upgrading LibreOffice office suite from PPA, LibreOffice 6.1 now is finally available to install in Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 via its official PPA

LibreOffice 6.1 is new major version released more than a month ago with following new features:

  • Use the elementary icon set by default GNOME-based Linux distros
  • New app icons that you can see in the application launcher.
  • Reworked image handling using a new graphic manager
  • The notebook bar is significantly improved in LibreOffice 6.1
  • Use native GTK3 dialogs on Linux desktops.
  • Improvements to Excel 2003 XML import
  • DOCX export/import
  • And many other new featurese and improvements
libreoffice new app icons

libreoffice new app icons

How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 in Ubuntu 18.04 via PPA:

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, do:

1. Run command to add the LibreOffice PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts, and read terminal output for PPA description and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then you’ll see the upgrade available in Software Updater after checking for updates.

The LibreOffice upgrading process may be kept back. If so, run following commands instead in terminal after added the PPA:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Uninstall:

You can restore to stock version of LibreOffice in Ubuntu main archive by running command in terminal:

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

LibreOffice 5.3.4

LibreOffice office suite reached the 6.0 release more than a week ago. Now it’s finally made into LibreOffice Fresh PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Though LibreOffice offers .deb binaries for downloading in its website, it’s recommended to install the PPA packages which are well integrated with Ubuntu desktop.

LibreOffice 6.0 release highlights:

  • Better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents
  • Support for standards-compliant PDF forms within Writer
  • Experimental Notebookbar and other user-interface improvements
  • OpenPGP can now be used to sign ODF documents
  • OOXML interoperability improvements
  • Ability to save documents as ePub ebook files
  • And many more other changes, see the announcement for details.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 via PPA in Ubuntu:

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, do:

1. Run command to add the LibreOffice Fresh PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts, and read terminal output for PPA description and hit Enter to continue.

LibreOffice PPA

2. Then you’ll see the upgrade available in Software Updater after checking for updates.

The LibreOffice upgrading process may be kept back. If so, run following commands instead in terminal after added the PPA:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Uninstall:

You can restore to stock version of LibreOffice in Ubuntu main archive by running command in terminal:

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

LibreOffice 5.3.4

LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth release for LibreOffice 5.3 family, was announced more than 2 weeks ago. It’s finally made into PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10.

LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents. See HERE for details.

LibreOffice 5.3.4

Install LibreOffice 5.3.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing due to security reason) when prompts and hit Enter.

LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. Then launch Software Updater and upgrade LibreOffice after checking for updates:

How to restore:

To revert back to the stock version of LibreOffice in your Ubuntu, purge the PPA via command:

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

LibreOffice 5.3

The LibreOffice office suite has reached the 5.3 stable series a few days ago. Now it’s available in both Ubuntu PPA and Snappy store.

LibreOffice 5.3 features:

  • The MUFFIN interfaces (Microsoft Ribbon UI)
  • First source release of LibreOffice Online, that offers basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser
  • Faster rendering performance
  • Many UI/UX improvements
  • New text layout engine
  • And much more, see the release note.
LibreOffice 5.3 'Ribbon' UI

LibreOffice 5.3 ‘Ribbon’ UI

How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, the latest LibreOffice is now available via snap package, simply run commands below in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt install snapd && sudo snap install libreoffice

You can also use Ubuntu Software to install the snap version of LibreOffice (need to install snapd).

libreoffice-snap

To remove the Snap version of LibreOffice, either use Ubuntu Software App, or run command:

sudo snap remove libreoffice
Note that the snap packages so far have known issues, such as unreachable folders outside the Snap’s sandbox, and custom theme issue.

Also, the official PPA is available with traditional packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 17 & 18:

1. To add the PPA, run following command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. Then upgrade LibreOffice using the Software Updater (or Update Manager) utility after checking for updates:

upgrade to LibreOffice 5.2