How to install OpenOffice in Ubuntu? which is now Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office suite. It can be used for document writing presentations, drawing, creating spreadsheets, and managing databases. Apart from the ODF file format, it supports various other formats.

Today we will discuss the steps to set up OpenOffice in a Ubuntu system.


To follow this guide you should have the following –

  • Access to a user account with superuser privileges.
  • Good internet connection to download OpenOffice package

Installing OpenOffice in Ubuntu

Follow the steps that are given below to install OpenOffice in Ubuntu Linux.

Install Java

Installing OpenOffice in Ubuntu requires Java runtime, if it is not already on your system you can use the following command to install it –

sudo apt install default-jdk -y 

Once the installation is successful you can verify its installation by using the given command –

java -version 

java version

Download OpenOffice Debian packages

Visit the OpenOffice download page and download the OpenOffice Debian package as given in the image below.

download page openoffice

Alternatively, you can use the given command to download it on your system –


The file will be downloaded in compressed .tar.gz format, extract it using the given command.

tar -xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.10_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz 

Move to the extracted directory and navigate to DEBS directory –

cd en-US/DEBS

Installing deb packages

Use the following command to install the debian package on your system –

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once the installation is completed move to the desktop-integration directory –

cd desktop-integration/

And use the following command to install the debian files inside the directory –

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Start OpenOffice on Ubuntu

After the successful installation of Openoffice on your system you can launch it by executing the given command in your terminal-


You can also launch it by searching in the Ubuntu activities dashboard.

search openoffice

Once open you will see the OpenOffice welcome screen as you can see in the image below. Here click on Next>>.

openoffice welcome screen

In the next screen, it will ask you to enter your full name and initials –

openoffice setupNow you will see the given window on your system.

openoffice interface


You have successfully set up OpenOffice on your system. Now you can start using it as your default office suite.

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