Install LibreOffice 6.0 via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10, 18.04

Last updated: February 9, 2018

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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


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


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5 responses to Install LibreOffice 6.0 via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10, 18.04

  1. Hoover Campoverde February 9, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you so much Ji m. It was useful and I have LibreOffice 6 using Ubuntu Mate 16.04.3LTS

  2. Hi Ji
    Thanks for your regular posts which I find very useful.
    I note, you have not included Ubuntu 17.04 in the list of target OS’s for installing LO 6. Is there a reason the above installation procedure cannot be used in 17.04?

  3. I did this on my Lubuntu 17.10 netbook but when LibreOffice updated from 6.0.2 to 6.0.3 the LibreOffice start page and LibreOffice Writer both disappeared so I was forced to purge the ppa and go back to stable. Why did this happen??

  4. I would not necessarily recommend running this command: `sudo apt-get dist-upgrade`, as this can take many hours and often fails. If someone wants to upgrade from one Ubuntu version to another, install Ubuntu fresh.

    The next command should be `sudo apt install libreoffice` (after adding PPA and updating repo) if the goal is to install Libre Office.