Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released–Here’s How To Install It In Ubuntu 16

Apache OpenOffice suite which was previously known as OpenOffice.org has just been updated to version 4.0 and is available for download from its official download page. This is a major update and brings exciting new features and enhancements along with many bug fixes.

Some of the features released with this version are:  a new sidebar, improvements in Microsoft Office interoperability, support for more languages and a major performance boost. For more about this release and all of the other features included, check out its release notes page.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to easily install or upgrade to the latest OpenOffice version in Ubuntu 13.04 and previous versions. You can use it in place of LibreOffice if you want. I am not recommending it, but it’s up to you to do what you want with your computer.

I am not going to tell you to pick a side between LibreOffice and OpenOffice. All I am going to show you is how to install AOO in Ubuntu and use it.

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – To on your keyboard to open the terminal console. When it opens, run the commands below to completely remove LibreOffice from your machine. It’s wise to remove LibreOffice before installing OpenOffice. Don’t worry, I will also show you how to revert the changes you made to your computer after installing OpenOffice.

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice* libexttextcat-data* && sudo apt-get autoremove


Next, change into the /tmp directory to download OpenOffice file.

cd /tmp


When you’re there, run the commands below to download the latest version (32-bit English) of OpenOffice. To view the download page and select other languages, use this page.

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.0/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz


For 64-bit English version, use this link.

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.0/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz


When the file is downloaded, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file.

tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice*.tar.gz


Next, run the commands below to begin installing it.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb


Next, run the commands below to install the desktop-integration for .deb Linux distributions.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb


When you’re done, restart and enjoy!




To revert the change and reinstall LibreOffice, run the commands below to completely remove Apache OpenOffice.

sudo apt-get purge openoffice*.* && sudo apt-get autoremove


Then install LibreOffice by running the commands below.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-gnome



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16 thoughts on “Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released–Here’s How To Install It In Ubuntu

  • Phillip Steege

    this did not work for me. One command uses GB and another US and would not load.
    The wget command for 32 bit, loads a GB directory, but then tries to install with this command: sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb , which is looking for an en-US directory.

    • Richard W Post author

      Error in the link. For the 32-bit English US download, use this link wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.0/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

      If you downloaded the English GB version, run this command to install sudo dpkg -i en-GB/DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb

  • Apio

    I’ve tried several different versions I’ve found on line of how to install this, and my terminal each time says it doesn’t recognize the commands. What can I do to change that?

  • fernando

    I can not install open office 4.0 in Ubuntu 12.10 appears this error message:

    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of openoffice-brand-writer:i386:
    openoffice-brand-writer:i386 depends on openoffice; however:
    Package openoffice:i386 is not configured yet.
    openoffice-brand-writer:i386 depends on openoffice-writer; however:
    Package openoffice-writer:i386 is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing openoffice-brand-writer:i386 (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured

  • Ivan Rodríguez

    Good one, however “wgethttp://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.0/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz” ur missin the SPACE

  • Carlitos081

    Hi guy,
    I try to unistall openoffice 3 through the command
    sudo apt-get purge openoffice*.* and It seems work but when I try to open a .doc file I have already openoffice!!!
    Could help me to remove openoffice?

  • Michael Penso

    Our administration in Openoffice Base and also Calc makes things clear and even helps us perfectly in our household. Now we even have documentation we are ready to become become Openoffice profesionals. Wish us good luck :-).

  • Kodecupu

    I’ve tried to install Apache Open Office for may be 3 times. But it didn’t work. Should I remove the Libre Office first, and then I Install The Open Office? I’m using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

  • a person

    It’s 2014 and typing commands is STILL required to install software on Linux ?!!!? I’m so sick of Windows I can’t stand it. But I still have to look forward to non-point-and-click installs? Wow. Instead of producing 100 different distros, why don’t you people work together and put your efforts into making a few that “just work”? (No, don’t tell me that *I* should do that–pay me to get out of the microsh*t IT world and I would.) NOTE: This is not an insult, just a disappointed observation.

  • David Gay

    I recieved the following message while installing the version on 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Errors were encountered while processing:

    The archive might be corrupted, not sure