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After testing for a period of time, OnlyOffice Desktop Editors snap package goes stable for Ubuntu and other Linux desktops.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is a free office suite that combines text, spreadsheet and presentation editors allowing to create, view and edit documents stored on your Windows/Linux PC or Mac without an Internet connection. It is fully compatible with Office Open XML formats: .docx, .xlsx, .pptx.

The snap is a containerized software package (runs in sandbox) runs in most Linux desktops. It bundles most required libraries and auto-updates itself.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install onlyoffice:

For Ubuntu 16.04, first install snapd daemon by opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and then running command:

sudo apt install snapd

Then install OnlyOffice Desktop Editors via command:

sudo snap install onlyoffice-desktopeditors

Like normal software, open OnlyOffice from your system app launcher.


To remove the software, either use Ubuntu Software, or run command in terminal:

snap remove onlyoffice-desktopeditors

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors can now be installed in Ubuntu easily via Snap package, the universal Linux app packaging format, though it’s in candidate channel for testing so far.

ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors are free open-source office editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations working offline. The software features:

  • Work with all popular formats – DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF, TXT, PDF, HTML, EPUB, XPS, DjVu, XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV, PPT, PPTX, ODP, FODS, FODT, FODP.
  • View, create and edit documents of any size and complexity.
  • Extend editing capabilities with the pre-installed plugin set (e.g. insert special symbols, YouTube videos, ClipArt, create templates and more).
  • Automate your routine activities with macros.
  • Ability to switch to online mode to collaborate with your teammates in real time.

1. For Ubuntu 16.04 users never installed a snap, you need to install snapd first via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. To install the office suite, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher, and run command:

snap install --candidate onlyoffice-desktopeditors

The snap has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04, Solus OS, and Fedora 27. For any issue, report on Github page.


To remove the snap, run command in terminal:

snap remove onlyoffice-desktopeditors