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LibreOffice

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

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

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 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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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

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).

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

sudo snap remove libreoffice

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

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

LibreOffice 5.2 is finally available for upgrade in Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 via PPA repository.

Although LibreOffice 5.2 was released a weed ago along with .deb binaries, Flatpak, and Snap (still in beta) packages, a PPA repository, with well Unity integrated packages, is still needed for some users. Now the PPA is ready, and here’s how to upgrade for beginners.

What’s new in LibreOffice 5.2:
  • a single toolbar mode for Writer and Calc
  • most of the context menus can now be customized
  • new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions)
  • support for signature descriptions
  • support for OOXML signature import/export
  • GTK3 user-interface improvements
  • OpenGL rendering improvements
  • multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering
  • bookmark improvements.
  • See release note for more.

How to install LibreOffice 5.2 in Ubuntu via PPA:

1. First open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add LibreOffice Fresh PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type in your password when it prompts and hit Enter, read the PPA description, and hit Enter to continue.

2. Upgrade LibreOffice via Software Updater, after checking for updates. removing the package libreoffice-gtk.

Instead of using Software Updater, you may also use the dist-upgrade command to upgrade to LibreOffice 5.2:

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

3. (Optional) To downgrade to LibreOffice 5.1.4, purge the PPA via command:

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

That’s it. Enjoy!

The Document Foundation officially announced the release of LibreOffice 5.1 yesterday. PPA updated for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17.x, and Elementary OS Freya.

LibreOffice 5.1 offers a completely reorganized user interface, and several improved features targeted at enterprise deployments: better support for ODF 1.2, interoperability with proprietary document formats and file management on remote servers.

Read the announcement for more details.


How to upgrade to LibreOffice 5.1:

LibreOffice 5.1 has been made into Software Center for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, it’s available in the LibreOffice 5.1.x series PPA.

For Linux Mint users who are still running LibreOffice 4.x, you have to do below changes to be available to upgrade via PPA:

Launch terminal, and run command to create and edit a file:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/libreoffice.pref

When the file opens, paste below lines and save it.

Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-libreoffice
Pin-Priority: 700

1. To add LibreOffice 5.1.x PPA.

Launch terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

Type in password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. To upgrade LibreOffice

Launch Software Updater (or Update Manager for Mint), and install available updates after checking for updates.

3. (Optional) To revert the changes, install ppa-purge and purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

For Linux Mint 17.x which is based on Ubuntu 14.04, use -d option to specify Ubuntu codename, so the last command should be:

sudo ppa-purge -d trusty ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

Nautilus file browser doesn’t generate thumbnail images for WebP files, LibreOffice Documents, and animated GIFs (maybe) by default.

Thanks to atareao team, some simple extensions has been created with that Ubuntu displays thumbnail images for these file formats in Nautilus.

Here are the screenshots in my Ubuntu 15.04 desktop:

Before

After

To install these extensions, go to the developer’s PPA page:

Thumbnailers for GIF, WebP, LibreOffice Docs

Scroll down and click package links and download the xxxthumbnailer_xxx.deb packages from expanded pages (Work on Ubuntu 14.04 though they’re built against 15.04).

Finally install these three .deb packages by clicking on each of them to open with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

To apply changes, remove the thumbnail caches and restart Nautilus by running below commands one by one:

rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/fail/gnome-thumbnail-factory/*
rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/large/*
rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/normal/*
nautilus -q

Finally start Nautilus browser and see result.

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The Document Foundation finally announced the release of LibreOffice 5.0 and updated its PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives (e.g., Linux Mint 13/17, Elementary OS Freya/Luna).

What’s New in LibreOffice 5.0:

Below are the descriptions from its new features page. For more, see the release note.

LibreOffice 5.0 ships an impressive number of new features for its spreadsheet module, Calc: complex formulae image cropping, new functions, more powerful conditional formatting, table addressing and much more. Calc’s blend of performance and features makes it an enterprise-ready, heavy duty spreadsheet application capable of handling all kinds of workload for an impressive range of use cases.

New icons, major improvements to menus and sidebar: no other LibreOffice version has looked that good and helped you be creative and get things done the right way. In addition, style management is now more intuitive thanks to the visualization of styles right in the interface.

LibreOffice 5 ships with numerous improvements to document import and export filters for MS Office, PDF, RTF, and more. You can now timestamp PDF documents generated with LibreOffice and enjoy enhanced document conversion fidelity all around.

How to upgrade to LibreOffice:

For all current Ubuntu releases and based systems, the best way is to upgrade LibreOffice 5.0 through the official PPA.

1. Open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa

2. After that, open Software Updater/Update Manager and install all updates for LibreOffice after checking for updates, though the new packages named with ~rc5:

As the PPA description says “This PPA might contain the release candidate that is assumed to become the final release even before it is declared so by the Document Foundation (e.g. usually release candidate 2 for minor updates).”

Or you can run below commands to do the upgrade process after adding the PPA:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install libreoffice

LibreOffice 4.4.5 Released [How-to Upgrade]

Last updated: July 30, 2015

LibreOffice 4.4.5, the final stable release before LibreOffice 5.0 stable which is scheduled to be released next week, has been announced today.

It is the fifth bugfix release from the 4.4 branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. This version may contain a few annoying bugs which will be fixed in the next bugfix versions to come.

How to Upgrade to LibreOffice 4.4.5:

For Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives (e.g., Linux Mint 17.x, and Elementary OS Freya), follow below steps to upgrade the office suite from PPA.

1. To add LibreOffice PPA, open terminal either from the Dash/Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run below command:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa

2 After added the PPA, open Software Updater and you’ll see the new LibreOffice release available for upgrade after checking for updates.

Just click Install Now button to install/upgrade it.

You can also use Synaptic Package Manager to upgrade the office suite.

3. Optional For those who want to revert back to the original LibreOffice version in Ubuntu, run below commands to install ppa-purge and purge the PPA which also downgrades all installed packages from that PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa