How to install FreeOffice on Linux (latest)

FreeOffice was developed by Softmaker and is a good replacement for the Microsoft Office suite, which includes a word processor, presentation and spreadsheet applications. For most popular Linux distributions with 32-bit or 64-bit architecture, they can be downloaded for free.

FreeOffice can be used completely free of charge, not only for home users, but also for corporate users. It contains all the basic functions needed to make your work easy and enhance the user experience. With FreeOffice, you can open and save documents in Microsoft file formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. You can also share files directly with Microsoft Office users.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install FreeOffice 2018 in Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, CentOS and RHEL.

System Requirements

Before continuing, here is the list you need:

  1. Any Linux system with 32-bit or 64-bit architecture.
  2. Ordinary user with sudo privileges.
  3. Stable Internet connection

How to install FreeOffice on Mint / Ubuntu / Debian

First, please go to the download page and make sure you find the Linux option. Click “downloadButton, and then select the DEB package file corresponding to your system architecture. In my case, since I am running on a 64-bit system Ubuntu 18.04, I chose the 64-bit Debian package.

Install FreeOffice on Linux

To install FreeOffice, use the following command to run the DEB package you just downloaded using the dkpg package manager

$ sudo dpkg -i softmaker-freeoffice-2018_976-01_amd64.deb

Install FreeOffice Ubuntu

After installation, you can use the application manager to search for FreeOffice applications.

FreeOffice Ubuntu

By default, 3 applications are installed:

  1. FreeOffice Plan maker: equivalent to a spreadsheet in Microsoft Office.
  2. FreeOffice presentation: equivalent to Microsoft PowerPoint.
  3. FreeOffice TextMaker: equivalent to Microsoft Word.

Set up automatic updates on Debian / Ubuntu

After successfully installing FreeOffice on the system, you may need to configure automatic updates so that FreeOffice can be updated instantly without running commands on the terminal. You can update FreeOffice from the repository to set up your system to use that repository to automatically update FreeOffice, first install the FreeOffice suite, then open the terminal and call the following command:

$ sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2018/add_apt_repo.sh

Automatically update FreeOffice Ubuntu 18.04

If you are determined and still want to use the old method of updating software applications, run the following command:

$ sudo apt update

To upgrade FreeOffice to the latest version, do the following:

$ sudo apt upgrade

This will apply to CentOS, RHEL and Fedora systems.

How to install FreeOffice on CentOS and RHEL

For RPM-based distributions (such as CentOS and RHEL), the process is very simple. As before, go to the download page and this time select the RPM package that corresponds to your system architecture. In my case, I chose the 64-bit rpm package:

Select-RPM-package

After downloading the RPM software package, please run the following command to continue installing OpenOffice on the system. This will apply to CentOS, RHEL, Fedora and any RPM based system.

$ sudo rpm -i softmaker-freeoffice-2018_976.x86_64.rpm

The output is shown below.

    Install FreeOffice on CentOS 8

Set up automatic updates on CentOS and RHEL

FreeOffice SoftMaker also comes with an RPM repository to configure the system to use this repository to perform automatic updates, please run the following command:

$ sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2018/add_rpm_repo.sh

Configure automatic updates for FreeOffice CentOS 8

Since then, your Linux system will always be looking for updates in the repository and automatically update the FreeOffice suite.

Similarly, if you prefer to follow the manual path, you can use the following command to update the FreeOffice Softmaker suite on the terminal:

$ sudo dnf update

To upgrade to the latest version, simply upgrade the Linux version as follows:

$ sudo dnf upgrade

How to install FreeOffice on Fedora and SUSE

For Fedora and Open SUSE distributions, please download the RPM package from the download page and execute the following command to install:

$ sudo rpm -ivh softmaker-freeoffice-2018_971-01_amd64.rpm

Install FreeOffice Fedora

After installation, you can use the Application Manager to search for FreeOffice applications again.

How to install FreeOffice on Linux (latest)

Set up automatic updates on Fedora and SUSE

For Fedora and SUSE, use the RPM repository to configure the system to automatically update FreeOffice on Fedora and SUSE, run the following command

$ sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2018/add_rpm_repo.sh

How to install FreeOffice on Linux (latest)

To manually update the FreeOffice suite on Fedora, run the following command:

sudo dnf update

To upgrade it to the latest version, execute:

sudo dnf upgrade

For Open SUSE, update FreeOffice by running the following command:

sudo zypper update

Upgrade FreeOffice to the latest version by running the following command:

sudo zypper update

How to install FreeOffice on other Linux systems

If your Linux system belongs to neither the Debian family that supports DEB packages nor the Hat family that supports RPM packages, please download the tarball file corresponding to your system architecture.

In this section, we will use the Arch Linux system to guide you.

Download -tgz-package

Unzip the tarball file as shown

$ sudo tar -xvf softmaker-free0ffice-976-amd64.tgz

Extract tarball FreeOffice

Finally, run installfreeoffice The installation script is shown below:

$ sudo ./installfreeoffice

When prompted, type ‘y’ Yes, please answer a few questions.

Script to install FreeOffice on Linux

After that, the installation will continue as shown

FreeOffice script installation

That’s all for installing FreeOffice. You can now start any of the 3 free apps and start working. When starting for the first time, select the preferred theme by double-clicking on the preferred option.

    Choose user interface

Finally, you will be directed to the application shown below

Planner-Spreadsheet

in conclusion

If you are interested in the commercial version of freeoffice, you can use the icon (upper left corner) to purchase “SoftMaker Office”. You can compare freeoffice and softmaker office to see the function. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to comment.

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