How to Install LibreOffice 5.0 in Ubuntu and Derivatives

Libreoffice 5.0 was finally released last week with a host of improvements and bug fixes which makes it the best ever iteration of the software and certainly the best free Office Suite out there.

libreoffice-5.0-0.5

Some of the new features and under-the-hood fixes contained in this release of LibreOffice include:

  • Improvements to menu and sidebar
  • Better management of screen space
  • Cleaner user interface and new icons
  • Enterprise-ready Calc with new functions, complex formulae, image cropping, table addressing. better conditional formatting and more
  • Better HiDPI support
  • Time-stamping of PDF documents generated with LibreOffice
  • Better filters for dcouments
  • Better integration of Microsoft Office and Apple iWork documents
  • Over 25,000 bug fixes

For more information: see the official release announcement.

Before you attempt this installation, please make sure your system passes the following requirements:

  • At least 1.55GB hard disk space available
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.18 or higher
  • 256MB of RAM (recommended minimum should be 512MB)
  • glibc2 2.10 or higher
  • gtk 2.10 or higher

Also, if you have an older version of libreoffice, you need to uninstall it before installing this lastest version.

Just run the following command to do so:

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice

Here’s how to install LibreOffice 5.0 in Debian, Ubuntu 15.04/14.04/12.04 and derivatives (e.g. Elementary OS Freya/Luna, Linux Mint).

For 32-bit systems

Download the packages.

wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/5.0.0/deb/x86/LibreOffice_5.0.0_Linux_x86_deb.tar.gz

Extract the packages.

tar -xvf LibreOffice_5.0.0_Linux_x86_deb.tar.gz

Change directory to the newly created LibreOffice folder.

cd LibreOffice_5.0.0.5_Linux_x86_deb

Installing the packages:

run the following command from the LibreOffice directory:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

For 64-bit systems

Download the packages.

wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/5.0.0/deb/x86_64/LibreOffice_5.0.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

Extract the packages.

tar -xvf LibreOffice_5.0.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

Change directory to the newly created LibreOffice folder.

cd LibreOffice_5.0.0.5_Linux_x86-64_deb

Installing the packages:

run the following command from the LibreOffice directory:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

You can also install LibreOffice 5.0 via PPA if you prefer. Just run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Once installation is complete, you should be able to find the new icons in your applications menu. Alternatively, you can launch LibreOffice 5.0 from the terminal with the following command:

libreoffice5.0

Most distro are pretty fast in updating the software in their repositories to the latest version. However, if you are not patient enough to wait for your Linux distro update, the above instructions should help you to install LibreOffice 5 in your Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based distro.