how to install Openoffice in Ubuntu 11.10


Ubuntu 11.10 comes with LibreOffice which is nice tool for doing Office stuffs.It is an Open Source software which is freely available for use.LibreOffice is an application comes with a collection of good application.It has Text writer, Drawing, Spreadsheet, Power Point Presentation tool, Equation editor(math) etc.Collectively it is perfect for Office Workers and Students.Office Worker use it for making Presentation Slides, Business accounting information etc.Student use it for making slide presentation, Writing notes, assignments etc.It also help the general people in some ways.So it is the application you must have.

But LibreOffice is some what new for Ubuntu users, as it is coming by default with Ubuntu from last two releases, Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10.So some of you may wants to use OpenOffice.Actually OpenOffice was developed by Sun Microsystem and Make available for free to users.But when Sun Microsystem is sold to Oracle.So Ubuntu developer go for the LibreOffice since then.OpenOffice is now also an Open Source application and available for free to use.It is available for mast of the Operating System including Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.My system is dual booted, one is Microsoft Windows and Other is Ubuntu 11.10.I use OpenOffice in my Windows OS instead of MS Office which costs a lot.OpenOffice works same as MS Office and it is free, so why not use this instead of paying lots of money.So in this post i will tell you how you can install OpenOffice in your Ubuntu 11.10.



1.For installing OpenOffice you have to first uninstall the LibreOffice which is by default installed in your Ubuntu.So open the Terminal Window and type the following command and give password.This will remove the LibreOffice completely.

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice-core


Open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for “LibreOffice core” and click on remove (uninstall).This will uninstall the LibreOffice completely.

2.Download OpenOffice from its official website.The download file will be in *.tar.gz format.

3.After the file is downloaded, go to the downloaded directory and click on “Extract here”.

4.Now open the Terminal and change the directory to the location where your Extracted Open Office file is present.Just type “cd” followed by  drag and dropping the “DEBS” folder or manually do it.

5.Type the following command which will install OpenOffice by installing all the *.deb package files.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

6.Enjoy using OpenOffice !!


  1. Hi
    I’m using ubuntu 11.10 and followed your guide and removed libreoffice and installed openoffice like you said we should.
    But I can’t find it under Activities->applications
    Any idea where I find it?

    • If you have successfully installed it, then Click on “Ubuntu Home button” available on the left panel of desktop and search Openoffice in the search panel !!

  2. Hi,

    I was able to add the icons into application->office.
    There is one more *.deb package that needes to be run.
    It is located in the DEBS/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567 directory.
    Just run the same “sudo dpkg -i *.deb” command and you’re done.


  3. the second directory you mentioned is the same as the first. I have run the sudo dpkg -1 *.deb twice but still can’t see the applications anywhere. my only difference is I am using GB instead of US.
    Can anyone help me get the open office apps visible?



  4. Hi Gunnlaugur.

    There doesn’t seem to be a location called’DEBS/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567′

    Can you clarify if this is the correct location of that *.deb package please.


  5. In the _m20 folder is a folder called desktop-integration. In that folder is openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb. Once I installed that it worked.

  6. I can confirm, inside the DEBS folder is a folder called desktop-integration and inside that is another Deb. Run it: dpkg -i openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb

    And you will see in your Dash Home , click on the pencils icon and it will all be there.

  7. after execute “sudo dpkg -i *.deb”
    you can type below command to start Open Office
    justin@ubuntu:~/Downloads/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567/DEBS$ sudo dpkg -i ./desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb

  8. While following these directions I found that using the command they provided to remove LibreOffice didn’t work:
    ‘sudo apt-get remove –purge libreoffice-core’

    this worked for me

    ‘sudo apt-get remove –purge libreoffice-common’

    it will remove all of the LibreOffice, including the -core.

    After that, just use the following command in the /deb and /deb/desktop-integration folders
    ‘sudo dpkg -i *.deb’


  9. you need to install de desctop integrater too,

    cd to desctop-integration (a folder inside the DEBS)
    and retype sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    • “cd to desctop-integration (a folder inside the DEBS)
      and retype sudo dpkg -i *.deb”
      When I do the above in Mint rel. 12 (lisa), it reported broken pipe, can anyone help?

    • Here’s what happens to me when I try to run the desktop integration install:

      (Reading database …
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      (Reading database … 100%
      (Reading database … 174363 files and directories currently installed.)
      Unpacking (from …/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb) …
      dpkg: error processing /home/mozzart/Downloads/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb (–install):
      trying to overwrite ‘/usr/share/mime/packages/’, which is also in package libreoffice-common 1:3.4.3-3ubuntu2
      dpkg-deb (subprocess): data: internal gzip write error: Broken pipe
      dpkg-deb (subprocess): failed in write on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy: Broken pipe
      dpkg-deb: error: subprocess returned error exit status 2
      gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.
      gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.
      Processing triggers for gnome-icon-theme …
      Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme …
      Processing triggers for shared-mime-info …
      Unknown media type in type ‘all/all’
      Unknown media type in type ‘all/allfiles’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mms’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmst’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmsu’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/pnm’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/rtspt’
      Unknown media type in type ‘uri/rtspu’
      Unknown media type in type ‘interface/x-winamp-skin’
      Processing triggers for menu …
      Errors were encountered while processing:

      Any help?

  10. I downloaded OOo_3.3.0_Linux_x86_install-rpm-wJRE_en-US on Ubuntu 11.10
    and got RPMS instead of DEBS !! Can I do anything with that or I have to download another package?

  11. I got it.. How to do it when you have RPMS instead of DEBS !!
    MEN THIS IS HARD TO DO! 6 freaking hours until I figure it out
    1. install “alien”
    2. translate extracted rpms and translated with “alien” to debs
    sudo alien -k *.rpms <- I have to do it again on subfolders and some group of files
    <- -k will leave rpms files intact
    3. install debs
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install <- this will fix some dependences
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb <- I do it again to be sure (I installed my first linux two days ago)
    sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3*.deb <- Some how *.deb didn't word on these ?????

    4. integrate it in ubuntu, like in menus
    sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.3-freedesktop-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb
    (I did not try other because this worked for me)

  12. i had download openoffice and extracted but i dont found any DEBS folder ..”installdata”,licenses,readmes,RPMS,JavaSetup.jar,update..i tryed to creat a folder named DEBS and enter the fallowing command in the terminal
    this what i get..

    Downloads/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 2 <<>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 2 <<<
    sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 2
    sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting

    any help :( !!!!

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