LibreOffice is a comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite that you can download and install for free, with no fear of copyright infringement. There is a large base of satisfied LibreOffice users worldwide, and it is available in more than 30 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.
LibreOffice is a feature-packed and mature desktop productivity package with some really great advantages:
- It’s free – no worry about license costs or annual fees.
- No language barriers – it’s available in a large number of languages, with more being added continually.
- Supports large number of file formats, including Microsoft Office binary formats, OOXML, and RTF – both loading and saving.
- LGPL public license – you can use it, customize it, develop it and copy it with free user support and developer support from our active worldwide community and our large and experienced developer team.
- LibreOffice is a free software community-driven project: development is open to new talent and new ideas, and our software is tested and used daily by a large and devoted user community; you, too, can get involved and influence its future development.
As a general rule, you are recommended to install LibreOffice via the installation methods recommended by your particular Linux distribution (such as the Ubuntu Software Center, in the case of Ubuntu Linux).This is because it is usually the simplest way to obtain an installation that is optimally integrated into your system. Indeed, LibreOffice may well be already installed by default when you originally install your Linux operating system.
The community-supplied LibreOffice installers are provided for users having special needs, and for out-of-the-ordinary cases.
Some Linux distributions ship with their own “native” version of LibreOffice, which may have different features from the community-supplied version of LibreOffice. In many cases, you can install the community-supplied LibreOffice alongside a “native” version. However, you may prefer to remove the “native” version before installing a community-supplied version. For details on how to do that, please consult the user help resources provided by your particular Linux vendor.
Please make sure you have enough free memory in the temporary directory on your system, and please ensure that read, write and run access rights have been granted. Close all other programs before starting the installation process.
The software and hardware prerequisites for installing on Linux are as follows:
- Linux kernel version 2.6.18 or higher;
- glibc2 version 2.5 or higher;
- gtk version 2.10.4 or higher;
- Pentium-compatible PC (Pentium III, Athlon or more-recent system recommended);
- 256Mb RAM (512Mb RAM recommended);
- Up to 1.55Gb available hard disk space;
- X Server with 1024×768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), with at least 256 colors;
- Gnome 2.16 or higher, with the gail 1.8.6 and at-spi 1.7 packages (required for support for assistive technology [AT] tools), or another compatible GUI (such as KDE, among others).